Weston High School’s standards and educational practices remain high as they will remain accredited after a review process from the Washington Association of Educational Service Districts.
The association performs an accreditation process to make sure local education systems are focused on student learning, achievement and growth. More than 200 schools statewide have received the accreditation.
“Obviously, providing a top-notch education for our students is a top priority here,” said Andrea Dixon-Hundredmark, principal at Weston High School.
She said it is good to have what they’re doing recognized.
“We were very pleased to continue being an accredited high school,” she said.
Weston High School is the Arlington School District’s high school of choice.
“We’re a small high school that provides support for students that may have had problems in the larger comprehensive high school structure,” said Dixon-Hundredmark. “Weston is, in a sense, a boutique high school."
The schools is meant to help students who need a different type of school.
“There are some students that really thrive in a smaller environment,” said Dixon-Hundredmark.
The accreditation process helps to make sure the school is meeting guidelines to help students.
“Non-accredited high schools don’t necessarily meet the rigorous standards that colleges and employees are looking for from high school graduates,” said Dixon-Hundredmark.
Weston High School was first accredited in 2012. Accreditation lasts for six years.
After three years a Washington Association of Educational Service Districts panel review progress and implements recommendations for the school.
During this year’s panel they recommended continuing to build a culture of high expectations and engagement for students, improving attendance and to integrate more with the community.
“With what we do day in and day out I wasn’t surprised we were given the accreditation again,” said Dixon-Hundredmark, who added she believes students are graduating with a lot of knowledge.
The work to prepare for accreditation includes making sure the curriculum engages students, that the staff are supporting the students and that the emotional well-being of the students is taken care of.
“It’s such a multi-faceted approach to ensure that policies and practice are a living embodiment of the school,” said Dixon-Hundredmark.
School staff also look at data whenever available to find how to improve their work.
“We do deep dives on individual student data so we know areas our students are strong in and what needs to be worked on,” said Dixon-Hundredmark.
She said all this work is meant to ensure student achievement and prepare students for their post-high school life.
“We’re getting graduates that are acutely prepared to face the problems of the 21st Century,” she said.