Hillsides is pleased to announce that the Hillsides Education Center (HEC) has received accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC). The accreditation is the result of a four-year process during which the Education Center established a WASC leadership team to ensure that the school met certain goals and criteria. HEC received a six-year accreditation – the longest time frame available.
“WASC accreditation speaks to the quality of the school and the delivery of our mission,” said HEC Director Ryan Eisenberg. “It is a testament to our teaching and education staff and speaks to the hard work they put in every day.”
HEC is a non-public therapeutic residential and day school in Pasadena offering individualized education for students in kindergarten through 12th grade with social-emotional, learning and/or behavioral challenges. The school is dedicated to enriching students through academic, social, and emotional growth, enabling students to create lasting change
HEC applied for WASC accreditation in 2011, which was followed by a site visit in 2012. The school spent the next three years improving on-campus systems and policies, which culminated in a 267-page report. WASC granted accreditation to HEC this spring after a three-day site visit.
WASC is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States. It fosters excellence in elementary, secondary, and adult education by encouraging school improvement. WASC accreditation recognizes schools that meet an acceptable level of quality, in accordance with established, research-based WASC criteria.
HEC is one of four core programs of Hillsides. Hillsides provides quality care, advocacy, and innovative services that promote safe, permanent environments where young people can thrive. Headquarted in Pasadena, the agency serves more than 8.900 children and families in Los Angeles County, including Pomona, Baldwin Park, South Pasadena, and Echo Park. For more information on HEC, please visit www.hillsideseducation.org. For more information on Hillsides, please visitwww.hillsides.org.