Memberships and Affiliations

PCS is accredited by WASC, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Accredited is a term that originally meant trustworthy, and the original purpose of accreditation in the U.S. was to encourage the standardization of secondary school programs, in order that colleges could trust that high school graduates had mastered a particular body of knowledge. Today, the accreditation process developed by WASC has dual purposes: first, to ensure that schools will be worthy of the trust placed in them to provide high quality learning opportunities; and second to see to it that schools engage in a continuous process of self-improvement. Ultimately, the accreditation process is about fostering excellence in educational programs. WASC is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States and provides assistance to schools located in California, Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and East Asia. For more information, see the WASC website, www.acswasc.org

PCS is a member of the Charter Schools Development Center.
The Charter Schools Development Center, or CSDC, is a non-profit organization whose activities are supported by grants from foundations and individuals dedicated to helping public education change from a highly regulated, process-based system to one that allows and encourages schools to be more creative, performance-based centers of effective teaching and learning. CSDC provides advocacy, training,resources, and expert technical assistance to charter schools and the charter movement in California, nationally, and internationally. For more information see the CSDC website, www.cacharterschools.org
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PCS is a member of the California Charter Schools Association, or CCSA.
The California Charter Schools Association is a professional organization serving charter schools in California, which leads the nation with 820 charter schools. The California Charter Schools Association advances the charter movement through state and local advocacy and leadership in building educational quality. They offer extensive resources for member schools and are a trusted source of data and information for parents, authorizers, legislators, policy analysts, foundations, the press and other interested groups. For more information, see the CCSA website.