WASC accredits 3 GDOE, 1 charter school

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez's decision to close schools and cancel classes follows Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero's recent executive order to extend the islandwide closure of government facilities and schools until May 5 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The school year was originally set to end on May 28th. (PNC photo)

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.”

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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.