SAN FRANCISCO—In an email received on May 7, the Accrediting Commission for Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) announced action taken to grant the highest accreditation to Krouzian Zekarian Vasbouragan Armenian School through June 30, 2021 with no midterm visit.
“I would like to congratulate the students, staff and community of KZV for allowing the WASC committee members to witness first hand what it means to be a KZVian. Based on the recommendation of the visiting committee, the WASC Accrediting Commission for Schools awarded our school the maximum allowable term of accreditation with a six-year accreditation carrying us through the 2020–2021 school year! There are amazing opportunities for our students in the years to come. “The accreditation process clearly brings to light the strengths of our school, generates a list of recommendations for us to use for improvement, and provides goals that will guide us for the next several years,” said Principal Grace Andonian.
WASC members visited the KZV campus in March.
Led by Ruth Balsdon, a retired teacher and principal from Moraga, the three-member team included Sister Anne Eugene Metcalf, CSJ (retired principal) and Monica Barletta (current principal). They visited each classroom, evaluating every grade to make sure they saw general expectations of performance and quality. In addition to actually getting accredited, the goal of this process is to gain validation for goals the school is doing particularly well and to help bring attention to issues that need improvement.
“I was so impressed with KZV’s faculty and their dedication to this school, which really showed in the self-study process,” said Balsdon. “I learned so much about the school, its history, and its current programs through working on this report.”
KZV received a draft report, prior to granting the accreditation last month.