Two Rivers School Earns Accreditation
Two Rivers School was recently notified by the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD) that the school is officially accredited. Congratulations to the staff, students, parents and community partners who worked this year to fulfill the requirements of accreditation.
Washington State school accreditation helps ensure that the state’s high schools are adequately preparing students for college. The voluntary, self-study process required for accreditation is a research-based, data-informed approach to school improvement. It includes active participation and input from staff, students, parents and community representatives. The process is intended to impact learning so that students have “the opportunity to become responsible citizens, to contribute to their own economic well-being and to that of their families and communities, and to enjoy productive and satisfying lives…” (RCW 28A.150.210)
“We are very excited to have earned accreditation,” said Two Rivers Principal Rhonda Schmidt, who led the efforts in this first year as principal. “Accreditation verifies that our school is doing what needs to be done in order to prepare students for college and careers after high school. It is really a quality-control process.”
Schmidt explained that the school had to provide extensive documentation on how they met the foundational requirements of their school improvement plan, that were data-informed, student-achievement focused, research-based, and collaboratively determined. A team came to the school in May to interview students, staff, parents and community members to verify that the Two Rivers school improvement plan was developed by collaborating with all stakeholders. In late May, Schmidt presented information about Two Rivers to a panel of education officials from all over the state, who asked questions about the school, its goals and processes -- before awarding the school with accreditation.
“This is great news for Two Rivers! Through their diligence, they accomplished a major goal. They are building positive momentum to help all students achieve their goals,” said Snoqualmie Valley Executive Director of Secondary Education Ruth Moen.
In addition to this milestone for Two Rivers, Mount Si High School also renewed its accreditation status. AESD Accreditation status is granted for a period of six years.