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Sierra High accredited by state

Jeff Clemetson, Sierra Sun

Sierra High School principal Jane Loomis got more than expected from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

After last April’s visit by the WASC accrediting commission, Loomis thought Sierra High would be given a six-year accreditation with a mandatory three-year review. Instead, Sierra High, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s alternative high school, was granted WASC’s highest honor – a six-year accreditation with no visits.

“It’s very rare for most schools to get a six-year clear. Especially for an alternative, it’s very unusual,” Loomis said.

To prepare for an accreditation review, a school has to go through a year-long self-study that includes an intensive school profile about history of students, geographic background, testing and trends. The school must also come up with a six-year action plan that focuses on what needs to be developed.

“They look at that plan to see if it matches your school’s needs and students’ needs,” Loomis said.

Sierra High School found four areas for development.

“The critical one was literacy,” Loomis said. “Literacy in the home, books in the home, life-long readers – that kind of thing.”

Other areas for improvement include vocational education, career development and technology.


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