Full WASC Accreditation Granted to Distance Learning School, Laurel Springs

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Laurel Springs School, the leader in personalized distance learning education for K-12, receives full accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Laurel Springs School, the leader in personalized distance learning education for K-12 students, granted full accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC accreditation gives Laurel Springs School recognition for its commitment and focus on student learning and achievement. Laurel Springs was particularly acknowledged for its commitment to communication, alignment of curriculum to state standards, and the tailoring of educational programs to the individual learner.

Accreditation through WASC is an ongoing process of reporting and assessing progress with periodic visits from volunteer committees. "Based on extensive WASC visits, it is clear that Laurel Springs offers a strong academic opportunity for students. The school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges," said David Brown, executive director at Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Embarking on a new plan of action for school improvement, Laurel Springs places coaching students and parents at its foundation in an effort to build confidence and good study habits, while honoring different learning styles. The action plan includes mapping the entire curriculum to California state standards and learning styles compatibility, supporting positive time management for independent learning, and data management for responsible decision making school-wide.

Laurel Springs is committed to the WASC self-study process that facilitates collaboration focused on student learning. "Laurel Springs School is proud to be a WASC accredited school. We found great value in the self-study process. We are proud to be one of the first distance learning programs to receive WASC accreditation, an honor first bestowed upon us in 2000," said Marilyn Mosley Gordanier, founder and executive director of Laurel Springs.

"Laurel Springs' accreditation is unique among distance learning programs," said Dennis Rice, director of education at Laurel Springs. "It's especially validating since the self study includes an in-depth examination of every aspect of our program, specifically as it pertains to student learning," he added. The faculty was applauded for their dedication to each family and the visiting committee was impressed with the articulate parents and students who met with them for a luncheon and conversation about the school. "The WASC team showed a lot of confidence in us to achieve our action plans over the next six years, and will visit us half-way through to help us evaluate our progress," said Fiona Spring, assistant director of education at Laurel Springs. WASC will visit Laurel Springs again in 2012 or 2013.

About Laurel Springs School

Laurel Springs School, an accredited private school, delivers personalized K-12 distance-learning programs with a commitment to academic and creative excellence. Established in 1991, Laurel Springs School is the leader in distance learning education for kindergarten through high school. Each Laurel Springs student receives personalized, one-to-one instruction. With a student population of more than 5,000 - comprised of students from all fifty states and twenty-five countries - Laurel Springs makes use of web-based communication tools, a standards-based curriculum, and personalized instruction to offer students a top-notch home education experience, no matter where they live.

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