WASC ( Western Association of Schools and Colleges)
This is considered the “gold standard” of accreditations. It examines all aspects of a school, including the curriculum, faculty, administration, and learners. The accreditation is granted based on 3 year cycles. Our’s is valid until 2023. As part of the renewal process in 2022, we will have to undergo a comprehensive multi-day visit from accreditors. WASC accredits the school as a whole.
Cognia ( also known as AdvancEd)
This accreditation focuses on the learner experience. It requires substantial documentation about the faculty and educational delivery, as well as learner data. We have passed the readiness review, so we are a candidate for accreditation. In the fall, we will undergo a comprehensive multi-day visit from accreditations which will determine how long our initial probationary period will last. Cognia accredits the school as a whole.
In order to offer AP courses, each course must go through the course audit process and be approved by College Board. All of our current AP courses have gone through this process. The AP approval for each course needs to be renewed annually. College Board approves individual courses.
Learners can potentially earn college credit for AP courses if they take the exam in May. After taking the exam, they submit their scores to colleges. Colleges have the option whether to grant credit for those scores.
NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association)
NCAA requires a two step process. It reviews the school as a whole through a comprehensive process and then approves individual courses that learner-athletes can use to meet NCAA college requirements. As a school, Subject has received approval. The “core” classes offered by Subject have received NCAA approval.
The University of California requires that learner applicants take courses that fall within specific categories, labeled A-G. Going through the process of having courses approved by UC A-G ensures that a course will be accepted by a college when applying. While this system technically only applies to schools applying to the University of California system, it has become recognized nationwide as a rigorous standard so many other states have begun to use these standards.