St. John's is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), which accredits schools in the western U.S.A. based on a rigorous process of self-critical review, peer assessment, external qualification, and a thorough, regular panel review by a dedicated accrediting committee.
The Academy's most recent accreditation review was held in 2009. On May 27th of that year, WASC notified the Academy that it had been granted a six-year term of accreditation from June, 2009 - the longest possible period of sustained accreditation - conveying the Association's conviction that St. John's is performing to the highest standards of K-12 education.
At the conclusion of the 2009 accreditation review, during which the WASC panel observed classes and met with students, teachers, administrators, parents, Board members, and the Churchwarden of Holy Vigin Cathedral, a report was issued that identified a number of Schoolwide Areas of Strength recognized by the panel.
We at the St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy are immensely pleased that we have attained so high an accreditation status, reflecting the hard work of all our teachers, staff, students and parents.
We are also pleased that the unique Orthodox Christian witness of our school makes its impression as well. One of the WASC representatives involved in the 2009 accreditation process proclaimed that he saw true Christianity, “Christ in the cafeteria,” with the children helping each other and demonstrating their fraternity as Orthodox Christians.
Long may this tradition of lived Orthodoxy and academic excellence continue!