High School


What is WASC? The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation process fosters excellence in elementary, secondary, and adult education by encouraging school improvement. WASC accreditation recognizes schools that meet an acceptable level of quality, in accordance with established, research-based WASC criteria.  [For more information about WASC, go to: http://www.acswasc.org/]

The WASC review process provides the following for Santa Barbara High School:

  • Certification that SBHS is a trustworthy institution of learning
  • Validation of the integrity of our program and student transcripts
  • Demonstration that SBHS fosters improvement of the school’s programs and operations to support student learning
  • Assures the SBHS community that our purposes are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable educational program
  • Provides SBHS with a tool to manage change through regular assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring and reassessment
  • Assists SBHS in establishing priority areas for improvement as a result of the perpetual accreditation cycle that include:
    • School self-assessment of the current educational program for students
    • Insight and perspective from the visiting committee
    • Regular school staff assessment of progress through the intervening years between full self-studies.


Mid Cycle WASC Report