|Credo High receives full accreditation
WASC to return to school when 12th grade added
Credo High School, Rohnert Park’s public Waldorf-inspired School, was granted full accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Schools (ACS) this month.
The certification was awarded after a member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) visited campus and thoroughly observed the 9th, 10th and 11th grade classroom activities. They will return for a visit next year after Credo adds a 12th-grade class.
“(Credo has) established a clear, coherent vision and mission of what students should know and perform,” the report stated. “Students have access to a rigorous, standards-based curriculum as well as opportunities to explore real-world applications of their educational goals.”
The accreditation process is the same for all certified public schools and involves identifying the school’s purpose and making sure the principal and faculty have specific policies in place to maintain their program’s goals. Credo received maximum accreditation, which is good for up to three years, at which time the high school, like all public schools, will be reevaluated.
“We are thrilled but not surprised to have achieved the maximum level of accreditation,” comments school director, Chip Romer. Romer, who began the Waldorf charter school program in Sonoma.
He then adapted the familiar curriculum to a high school level and opened Credo nearly three years ago. “The WASC process was thorough and helpful as we continue to build our school.”
school in Rohnert Park with a strictly Waldorf curriculum, is unique in many ways, and not simply to the county. Romer has implemented many requirements into the school in order to create educated and imaginative students.
The Waldorf curriculum is centered around college prep, and integrates a balance of media arts, drawing, printmaking, painting, financial literacy, basic carpentry, blacksmithing, farming and food literacy, as well as second languages. The students will then be clear communicators in support of one another and “responsible stewards of the earth.”
One of the criteria for WASC approval is a school’s ability to consistently improve itself, something with which Credo will have no trouble, with their addition of 12th grade next fall, as well as the beginnings of a Biomimicry program, which teaches students to employ concepts of nature to solve everyday human problems.
The new high school has gained a lot of positive attention in its time in Rohnert Park, and gaining official accreditation is just one more reason parents are assured their kids are receiving the academic challenges and creativity they need in order to become inspired, well-rounded graduates.