Pali Institute Gets First WASC Accreditation for Outdoor Program

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Pali Institute just became the first and only outdoor program to be accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The Institute partners with public and private schools to deliver customized, experiential education in a camp-like setting. It is accredited as a supplemental education service.

Getting accredited was an extensive process

Pali Institute, an outdoor program offering classes in science and leadership, was accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) on March 17th. WASC is one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools in the United States. Pali Institute is the only program of its kind to be accredited by WASC.

"Getting accredited was an extensive process," said Marion Holmes, WASC Coordinator for Pali Institute. "We used the WASC self-study to document and evaluate everything we do. Whenever we found something that didn't meet WASC criteria, improvements were made right away. Once the self-study was reviewed by WASC, two of their representatives came for a site visit. They stayed for about 24 hours, asking questions and observing."

Pali Institute was accredited as a supplemental education service.

"We had some pleasant surprises during the accreditation," said Derek Tenney, Director of Outdoor Education, "for example, WASC had some very positive comments about our leadership development courses. We didn't push the leadership program in particular, but the WASC reps told us it was a great thing. They saw how our work, done in an outdoor setting, carries over into the classroom. It's a real growth opportunity."

"WASC was also impressed with the way our individual classes are tied together with an underlying theme, like the ecosystem" said Holmes.

Pali Institute is and outdoor education and science camp facility located in California's San Bernardino Mountains. It offers more than 40 classes in the areas of Learning Science, Outdoor Education, and Leadership Development, delivered in an outdoor setting.

"We work with a number of private and public schools to deliver customized outdoor education at our facility." said Tenney, "Many of the schools we partner with are located in southern California. We also work with quite a few from Arizona."

Tenney and his staff work closely to create the specific program delivered for each school. Typically programs last three to five days. They are always highly experiential and take the classroom out-of doors. Programs vary with specific learning objectives. They can range from archeological investigations to rocket launchings, or from cooking with solar power, to experiencing leadership challenges.

Pali Institute is delighted with the accreditation as recognition of its commitment to delivery of high quality education and validation of the integrity of the program itself. More information about Pali Institute, including class descriptions and pictures of the facility, can be found at http://www.paliinstitute.com/ Educators interested in creating a custom program can also contact Raena Stein, Director of Sales at (818) 718-9907.

About Pali Institute:
Pali Institute is a division of Pali Entertainment. Established in 1990 and based in Los Angeles, CA, Pali Entertainment Group is a diversified entertainment company offering unforgettable adventures for children of all ages, families and large groups. Pali Mountain, the facility where Pali Institute holds its outdoor programs, has a retreat and conference center. Go to http://www.palimountain.com/ for more information about holding your own retreat. For more information about the many exciting overnight adventures also offered at Pali Mountain, go to http://www.paliadventures.com/

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