OUHSD Responds to WASC Story

Editor’s Note: The Stinger Staff feels it important that those who read the WASC piece take the time to read the whole story. The Oxnard Union High School District has responded to parents, community members and others both in person and publicly. Their public response is reprinted here:

We understand there are concerns raised over a Stinger article which discusses WASC Probation status for Adolfo Camarillo High School.  First and foremost, to be clear, Adolfo Camarillo is and remains accredited. WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) is an organization which works with high schools all over the world toward continuous improvement through the process of accreditation.  There are multiple levels of accreditation and steps in the process.  Probation is one of those levels.  Probation is NOT a revocation of accreditation.  Probation IS an opportunity to leverage significant improvement of the educational program at Adolfo Camarillo High School.   As a district, we view this as an opportunity to work closely and collaboratively with the faculty of ACHS to transition from traditional practice to 21st century teaching and learning, which supports college and career readiness.

So, some history… over the years, we have had several, various schools go through the probation process at different times and for different reasons. ALL schools have always successfully exited probation status, which has always resulted in much improved educational practices at each site. It is and always has been our process NOT to alarm our parents for what is an internal, technical or programmatic adjustment that has always been successfully achieved when this has happened previously.

We have every confidence in the new leadership team at ACHS, led by Principal LaBelle, to assist the staff in exiting probation… but more importantly to ensure an outstanding educational experience at Adolfo Camarillo High School.