Pilibos Earns WASC Accreditation

LOS ANGELES–After earning rave reviews and commendations from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation committee–the Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School was notified by the Accredition Committee that it was granted the maximum (six year) term accreditation–which expires on June–2005.

The accreditation committee visited the school for four days in late April during which they held meetings with administration officials–faculty–staff and students. After conducting a thorough inspection of school facilities and classrooms–the committee issued a 12 page report praising the school for its commitment to academic excellence and its adherence to WASC standards.

"The school administration and faculty have developed a clearly articulated course study with well-defined exit goals for all grade levels–K-12," stated the accreditation committee report which also commended the school for encouraging staff development and utilizing modern and effective methods to advance academic standards in the school.

"The school’s environment can be characterized as safe–healthy–and nurturing for its students," cited the report–adding that the school and its campus are "a haven isolated from its immediate environs."

"The high degree of involvement by the school and its staff in the lives of its students and their families creates and extended family atmosphere that nurtures the student and promotes achievement of the school’s purpose," the report highlighted.

"This is an honor for the school," said Pilibos Principal Viken Yacoubian. "For the first time–the entire school was accredited. Meaning from K-12. It is a reflection of Pilibos’ commitment to advancing its academic and educational standards."

The Accreditation Committee’s report was verified when the school received a letter from Judith L. Endeman the Chair Accrediting Commission stating that the WASC was happy to grant the six year accreditation. The letter continued by saying that "This action was taken after a careful study of the Visiting Committee report which noted many laudable aspects of the school."

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