Rosa­mond High re­ceives ac­cred­i­ta­tion

Antelope Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - By JULIE DRAKE Val­ley Press Staff Writer

ROSA­MOND — Rosa­mond High School Early Col­lege Cam­pus re­cently re­ceived a six-year ac­cred­i­ta­tion from the Ac­cred­it­ing Com­mis­sion of Schools, West­ern As­so­ci­a­tion of Schools and Col­leges.

The ac­cred­it­ing com­mis­sion, also known as WASC, is one of six re­gional ac­cred­it­ing agen­cies in the United States. Ac­cred­i­ta­tion is a process where schools demon­strate they pro­vide high-qual­ity learn­ing and con­tin­ual self-im­prove­ment. Schools must meet some ba­sic re­quire­ments to achieve ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

Rosa­mond High got a sixyear ac­cred­i­ta­tion with a two-day visit mid-cy­cle.

“This shows that WASC and our vis­it­ing team has con­fi­dence in us that we can do the things that we need to do to push the school for­ward,” Prin­ci­pal Lisa Aqe­nenni said. “It re­ally is quite a great val­i­da­tion to what we have go­ing here.”

As part of the ac­cred­i­ta­tion process Rosa­mond High will add more rigor to its cur­ricu­lum. Start­ing next year the school will bring Ad­vanced Place­ment classes back to the cam­pus. There will be five classes in dif­fer­ent areas in­clud­ing math, sci­ence, and English. There will also be AP classes in Span­ish and govern­ment.

Rosa­mond High dropped its Ad­vanced Place­ment classes a few years ago as ad­min­is­tra­tors at the time fo­cused more on pro­mot­ing

the col­lege classes stu­dents could take af­ter school.

“What we’re try­ing to do is offer the AP classes also for the stu­dent ath­letes that can’t make it af­ter school to col­lege classes,” Aqe­nenni said. “There’s some kids who want to have the rigor, and they want to have the chal­lenge. They’re go­ing to a four-year and they want to get those classes ready.”

Rosa­mond High will also offer choir next year and hope to add psy­chol­ogy and so­ci­ol­ogy.

The school has five pe­ri­ods of Ad­vance­ment Via In­di­vid­ual De­ter­mi­na­tion, or AVID, and looks to send its en­tire AVID team, about 11 teach­ers, to train­ing this sum­mer.

“We’re try­ing to push to make sure they go so when they come back they can start­ing train­ing other peo­ple,” Aqe­nenni said.

The school has a stu­dent pop­u­la­tion of about 810 stu­dents.

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