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North Tahoe High School gets six-year accreditation

Jenny Goldsmith
Sierra Sun

After evaluating the North Tahoe High School’s educational program, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges has awarded the school with the maximum six-year accreditation.

“Receiving a six-year accreditation validates all of the hard work and dedication that our staff and students put forth everyday,” said Stephanie Welsh, vice principal of the North Tahoe High School.

In April 2008, a committee from the accreditation association visited North Tahoe High and were “impressed with the array of programs North Tahoe High School is able to offer, including AP English Language Development and school-to-career classes,” Welsh said.

The accreditation serves to certify to the public that the school is a trustworthy institution and also serves as a way to manage change through assessment, planning, monitoring and implementation, according to the Accrediting Commission for Schools Web site.

In addition, colleges and universities examine high school transcripts to determine whether the students have attended accredited institutions, according to the Web site.

As a result of the study, the school community ” including teachers, staff members, students and parents ” identified the school’s strengths and weaknesses, and formulated three goals to focus on for ongoing improvement efforts, Welsh said.

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The areas of improvement include increasing the school-wide support system for all students and focusing on non-proficient, second-language and special-needs students.

In addition, the high school has made a commitment to improve instruction strategies to ensure that all students meet the standards.

Finally, the school must research and evaluate the course offerings to meet the needs of all students, Welsh said.