Accreditation and Schoolwide Plan
At Volcano School of Arts & Sciences, we use an inclusive process to school improvement. Based on philosophies of continuous school improvement and a learning culture, we conduct an annual self study that includes analysis of demographic, perception, student learning, and process data and development of the annual Schoolwide Plan, which is our guiding document for school improvement. In 2011, VSAS was accreditated by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges.
We use Education for the Future's (Victoria L. Bernhardt) model for continuous school improvement, Harvard University's Project Zero Classroom Thinking Routines, National School Reform Faculty Critical Friends Groups, and other collaboration protocols. Our teachers collaborate weekly in pods (professional learning communities) to reflect on student learning and engage in critical dialog to improve teaching and to align curriculum and instruction.
The school administers school-wide surveys to all stakeholders at least annually to assess the overall climate of the school. Those surveyed include staff, parents, and students. The school holds meetings such as faculty and staff collaboration sessions, grade-level pod meetings and parent meetings or events to gain feedback and information, to facilitate face-to-face dialogue, and to provide information to stakeholders. Information is shared at these meetings, on our website, in our bi-weekly Infoflo Newsletter.