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Accreditation is a way to manage change through regular assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring and reassessment. It assures a school community that the school's purposes are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable educational program. Furthermore, it validates the integrity of a school's program and fosters improvement to support student learning. West Portal Lutheran has the distinction of being accredited through both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Lutheran School Accreditation.

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States. WASC believes that the goal of any school should be to provide for successful student learning. Programs encompassing both the cognitive and affective components of learning should foster human growth and development and enable students to become responsible, productive members of the school community and of society.

National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) is a process of self-evaluation followed by a visit of objective observers designed to help Lutheran schools improve the quality of their programs. NLSA is a rigorous national accrediting process designed to evaluate schools based on their unique purpose as Lutheran schools. It helps schools evaluate not only the quality of the academics and programs, but also most importantly the spiritual dimension of the school.

As part of our accreditation process, West Portal Lutheran School established Expected Schoolwide Learning Results. These state the global knowledge, skills, and understanding students should possess upon exit from the school. The attainment of these schoolwide outcomes drives the instructional program and the support operations of the school.

The Expected Schoolwide Learning Results for West Portal Lutheran are:

CRITICAL THINKING

Every student will be a critical thinker.

Each student may demonstrate this by developing strategies to:

  • solve problems and make decisions in a variety of situations.
  • be critical, perceptive thinkers, able to comprehend, apply, analyze, interpret, synthesize, and evaluate information and circumstances.
  • recognize the aesthetic qualities of art and understand the historical and cultural context in which art is created; be exposed to a variety of the arts- music, visual, dance, theater, and cinema.

HEALTHY LIVING

Every student will live a healthy life.

Each student may demonstrate this by developing strategies to:

  • be aware of the benefits of physical fitness and wellness including knowledge of sexual development and dangers of substance abuse.
  • participate in physical education classes.
  • engage in co-curricular programs.
  • appreciate that each person is a “temple of God”, and as a result, live a healthy life and eat a balanced diet.

RESPECT

Every student will be a respectful individual.

Each student may demonstrate this by developing strategies to:

  • understand and respect the limitations of himself/herself and others.
  • be collaborative, flexible, adaptable and open to ideas and opinions of others.
  • be involved citizens who are concerned for the welfare of others, interested in local and global environments, respectful to those in authority, and adhere to rules which benefit the community.
  • display good sportsmanship.

INDIVIDUAL LEARNING

Every student will be an individual learner.

Each student may demonstrate this by developing strategies to:

  • master a basic knowledge of subjects at or above grade level.
  • understand and be skilled in speaking and writing fluently and effectively in the English language.
  • be self-directed, responsible learners who have effective study skills and time management.

SHARING THE FAITH

Every student will be a follower of the Savior.

Each student may demonstrate this by developing strategies to:

  • live the Christian life-style.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the Holy Bible.
  • memorize, understand, and apply (as designated by grade) Luther’s Small Catechism.
  • grow in moral and ethical values.

TECHNOLOGY

Every student will be a user of technology.

Each student may demonstrate this by developing strategies to:

  • know reference materials, media, and technological instruments.
  • use the Internet, word-processing, design programs, and be aware of the variety of computer resources.
  • utilize technology as a tool to enhance learning through gathering, analyzing, and communicating information.
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