More than 150 members of the Leigh High School community turned up at a May 9 meeting to learn the results of a recently released report concerning Leigh High School’s progress toward returning to their six year accreditation cycle with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
“Leigh High School is in no danger of losing its accreditation,” said Campbell Union High School District’s (CUHSD) Interim Superintendent Tanya Krause. “This final report from WASC shows that Leigh has completed 42 out of 72 self-assigned tasks as part of an action plan to return to a six-year accreditation cycle.”
Dr. Mary Streshly, CUHSD’s assistant superintendent of educational services, then walked the parents through the 13-page report.
“What’s important to understand is that all the goals and measurements that appear in this report and in Leigh’s action plan are entirely self-generated,” said Streshly. “To outside observers, it seems like WASC is using its own criteria to grade the school. In reality, the progress of the school is being measured against goals the school community created itself.”
Streshly said despite the fact that Leigh is one of the highest performing high schools in Santa Clara County, the school’s leaders still set ambitious goals as part of a plan to attain a six-year accreditation term by improving Leigh’s quality of education.
“Accreditation is a voluntary process that schools engage in in order to improve themselves,” said Streshly. “In the case of Leigh, the administrators and school site council set a very high bar for themselves in the areas of student achievement, communication with socioeconomically disadvantaged students, and college and career readiness.”
Meanwhile, Leigh High Principal Pamela Hoult underscored the contributions of teachers and staff who had worked together to fulfill the majority of the school’s accreditation action plan.
She added that one of the strengths of the school was its strong stable of parent volunteers, and she encouraged the community to stay involved.
“I applaud you all for coming out tonight,” said Hoult. “When the community comes together to talk about how we can improve learning outcomes for all our students we guarantee the future of our school.”
The final decision on Leigh High School’s accreditation status will be determined by WASC on June 28. This date is specified in a letter from WASC Executive Director Fred Van Leuven that accompanied the release of Leigh’s final progress report.
In the letter, Van Leuven acknowledged that delivery of the report had been delayed by about six weeks.