Guam – Three Guam Department of Education schools and one charter school received initial accreditation approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Astumbo Elementary School, J.Q. San Miguel Elementary School, and Talafofo Elementary have all received approval ffrom WASC. GDOE spokeswoman Isa Baza said that this means that 39 out of 41 GDOE schools are now WASC-accredited.
Fernandez said, “I want to thank our administrators and school staff who worked hard over the past year to complete their accreditation reports, strengthen their curriculum, improve classroom instruction, and ensure our schools were on track to attain accreditation.”
He further stated that the validation by WASC will continue to promote quality education for all students.
Charter school accredited
Othe ILearn Academy Charter School has also made headlines as the first Charter school on island to obtain WASC accreditation. A release from ILearn said that WASC Executive Vice President Marilyn George arrived on the Dededo Campus on March 29, 2019 for the special visit.
iLearn originally received candidacy status in the Spring of 2018 but was granted special consideration for a change of status. George commended the administration, faculty, and staff for their efforts. On May 9, 2019, the charter school received its official notification of change of status from candidacy to initial accreditation through June 30, 2021.
iLearn Academy chairman Francis Santos said,”This has been a long, arduous process for our dedicated staff who have spent months to prepare for the accreditation visit. The board is extremely proud of this achievement that shows iLearn Academy Charter School upholds the standards of excellence mandated by WASC. We extend our congratulations to the students, parents, staff and faculty.”