Maidu earns top education accredidation

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Maidu High School received a six-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges last week. This is the highest number of years that can be earned by a high school, according to Jane Wurst, admissions counselor for Maidu. The accreditation was granted after an intensive self-study by the entire staff, student body, parents, district personnel and community members. A visiting committee from WASC reviewed Maidu’s self-study and observed Maidu in action for three days in early March. David E. Brown, Executive Director of WASC, congratulated the school in a recent letter. “Congratulations on successfully achieving a full term of accreditation,” Brown wrote. “Maintaining an effective quality program for (independent study) students in the face of today’s challenges is a truly commendable feat.” Maidu is an independent study high school offering one-on-one instruction, small group classes and online courses. It is part of the Placer Union High School District. “It is unusual for an independent study high school to receive a full six-year accreditation period,” said Principal Kathleen Sutphen. “Most independent study high schools receive a three-year accreditation or less; some independent study schools are not accredited. WASC accreditation is important for schools. Colleges and universities recognize high school diplomas and courses earned from accredited schools. Courses completed at accredited schools are transferable to other schools if a student moves or changes enrollment.” ~ Staff report