News Release – Nov. 8, 2022
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(Reno, Nev.) – Davidson Academy Online is pleased to have been granted accreditation status by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The announcement was made after the school completed a detailed school report and hosted an initial visit by fellow educators to examine the school program in relation to student learning and well-being based on the WASC criteria. The resulting initial visiting report that was reviewed by the WASC Commission summarized schoolwide strengths and growth areas for continuous improvement. This is a critical first step in the school’s continuous improvement journey that involves all stakeholders in a deeper analysis of its program based on the WASC criteria through the self-study/visit process.
Davidson Academy Online is rooted in the belief that every student should be challenged, engaged, and supported in a learning environment that places no limits on what they can achieve. The school has created an educational space for profoundly gifted learners to flex their intellect, explore their passions, build their sense of self and community, and learn alongside their intellectual peers.
Davidson Academy Online instills a set of core values in our students to prepare them to become leaders and contribute their talents and intellect to society, cultivating an environment where students can experience a sense of independence and have ownership over their actions and influences. This applies to both their classroom responsibilities and their relationships with educators, friends, and family.
WASC accreditation validates the integrity of a school’s program and transcripts, and assures a community that the school’s goals are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable education program. Furthermore, WASC accreditation is a certification to the public that the school is a trustworthy institution of learning and well-being that is committed to continuous improvement and high-quality learning and well-being for all students.
Through the WASC ongoing accreditation cycle, the school conducts an in-depth self-study, normally every five or six years, hosts a visit by fellow educators and engages all stakeholders in a follow-up process of implementing, monitoring, and refining the resulting schoolwide action plan.
About Davidson Academy Online
Davidson Academy Online (DAO) is an independent school operated by the Davidson Institute. DAO is a dynamic, flexible option for profoundly gifted students living anywhere in the United States and Canada. Students are grouped by ability, not age. DAO’s middle and high school level curriculum is matched to students’ abilities, strengths and interests. For more information about Davidson Academy Online, please visit www.DavidsonOnline.org.
The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a world-renowned accrediting association and one of the six regional accrediting agencies in the United States, works closely with the Office of Overseas Schools under the U.S. Department of State. WASC provides assistance to schools worldwide, especially in California, Hawaii, Guam, Asia, the Pacific Region, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. To learn more, please visit the WASC website at www.acswasc.org or contact the WASC office directly.