Accreditation for KCSOS Students
Western Association of Schools and Colleges seal
Students at Star Academy, a Court and Community School, enjoyed the recently built covered lunch area/patio that was unveiled on May 30.
Court and Community Schools, operated by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, received a six year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) on May 20 in effect until June 30, 2014. WASC’s Accrediting Commission for Schools granted the accreditation after studying the report written by its visiting committee which studied the various school sites and noted the stellar aspects of the schools’ programs. All schools will be asked to submit a written progress report on implementing a school wide action plan at the end of the third year of accreditation. In its accreditation report WASC said of the KCSOS Court and Community Schools programs that they "brought unity to court and community."
Kern County Superintendent of Schools Larry E. Reider said of the accreditation, "Please extend my congratulations, and deep gratitude, to our staff. This is a huge, monumental step for our office, and for alternative education programs around the state. I know that our programs will be the standard by which all others around the state will be measured."
KCSOS Court and Community Schools offer options that improve student safety, encourage learning, reduce classroom disruption and help reduce Kern County’s dropout rate. Campuses are located on 16 sites in Bakersfield, Delano, Kernville, Lake Isabella,
Mojave, Ridgecrest and Taft. During the 2006-07 school year (the most recent figures),
KCSOS provided education to 9,112 students who were incarcerated, in juvenile court programs, expelled, on probation or at serious risk of dropping out of school.
After the WASC Visiting Committee meeting with Court and Community Schools administration staff, one committee member told Student Services Administrator Ken Taylor that the program was "a model for other programs." Taylor, who oversees the Court and Community Schools program for KCSOS, said he "felt very good about how the visit went" and was encouraged by what the report showed.
"They offered 18 Areas of Strength and the committee said they could not remember ever having that many for an exit meeting," Taylor said. "It was nice to see the program and the staff shine, and ultimately get the recognition they deserve. They do a great job for our students."
During graduation ceremonies on May 31 at Bakersfield High School’s Harvey Auditorium, 196 Court and Community School high school seniors, from a total graduating class of 265, received their diplomas.
2007-08 KCSOS Court and Community School Graduates
|Jose A. Bravo
Amanda J. Llamas
Bryan J. Stinson
Gary Scotty Karns
Michel'le Markis Richardson
Elanna Nicole Canada
Tyler J. Osborne
Matthew A. Romero
|Michael Bryon Woodward|
Mary Kate Nelson
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