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WASC Accreditation Team

WASC, a California-based evaluative organization, offers accreditation to schools, provides feedback for improvement, and encourages student participation to enhance California education and community leadership.

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High Schoolers

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What is WASC?

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) oversees the entire state of California as an evaluative organization that offers accreditation to schools for strong performance and provides feedback on how to improve. Accreditation teams are formed and undergo a training camp before visiting campuses and evaluating the performance of the faculty and staff. These committees then make a recommendation as to the amount of time a school should be accredited for, ranging anywhere from one year to six years.

Schools have the option of requesting a student evaluator as part of the team and students will play an equal role in helping to determine the amount of accreditation time a school should receive. Applications will be available in the spring.

Why should I participate in WASC?

This is a unique opportunity for students to determine the factors that make up a school experience and how to best improve the education system. We encourage students who are interested in improving California education and their community’s education to apply. Students will be exposed to other high school programs and also work with a team to develop a best course of action. They will grow in leadership capabilities and will also be able to take what they have learned back to their schools.

This program also acts as another outlet from CASC. We highly encourage students interested in WASC to also look into the other CASC programs that follow a similar vein, mainly the SABE and SABLE programs linked to this page. In hopes of creating a stronger voice for students across the state and building upon California’s education system, we look forward to seeing great numbers of students apply for this unique opportunity.

For more information about WASC and its purpose, please look here.

“CASC is not unique in that it teaches you leadership – you can learn effective leadership virtually anywhere. But CASC is unique in that it thrusts responsibility and public speaking onto your hands, forcing you to become both a better person and a better leader. Whether you’re a novice club member or a veteran on ASB, you will most definitely treasure your experience in CASC.”

Steven Hong

Stanford University Class of 2016

“To me, CASC is more than an ordinary organization. CASC is my source of inspiration and motivation– this organization empowers me to strive towards becoming a better version of myself. CASC reminds me that we as students have the ability to make impactful change in the world around us.”

Deborah Lee

University of Southern California Class of 2020

About WASC

Click below to learn more about WASC.

All students should be able to participate, regardless of their financial situations. Schools are responsible for the registration costs, although some students do cover their own fees. We understand that time is limited, and we will work with you to ensure proper processing of payments.

Many community groups will also be interested in sponsoring your work at the state level. Please refer to this fundraising guide used by delegates to obtain funding or check out a draft sponsorship letter. Feel free to get in touch with if you would like help or guidance.​

Funding and Sponsorships

For questions or more information, please contact WASC directly or the CASC office at (510) 834-2272 or,

CASC Contact Information

CASC has scholarships for students with free and reduced lunch. Click here to access the Scholarship Application.

CASC Scholarship

  • For over 70 years, the California Association of Student Councils has been the state’s student-run organization focusing on youth leadership. CASC serves student councils and their advisors, as well as all other young leaders and students who want to make a difference in their community. Through peer-to-peer leadership training and conferences, CASC provides students and advisors the opportunity to develop leadership skills, network with other students and advisors, and become empowered. CASC also lobbies for students and better schools at the state and local levels.​

  • There are none! We are proud to have an extremely diverse group of students and advisors participate in our programs. Some come to our programs with years of leadership experience and extracurricular activities while others come to our programs with none. Everyone learns and grows from our programs in different ways. Anybody who wishes to develop their leadership skills is welcome to join our program.

  • You can get involved in a number of ways:

    1. Attend a statewide CASC program – summer camp, SABE, SABLE, or YASC

    2. Attend a region conference with your ASB or other student leaders

    3. Contact your local region president and get involved with your region

    4. Become a part of the governing body of CASC by applying for state council

  • You can check out our programs directory by clicking on the "PROGRAMS" tab!

  • CASC is unique from other organizations in a variety of ways:

    1. Peer-to-Peer Training: Rather than adults teaching curriculum and teambuilding to students, at CASC events highly-trained students lead most of the activities.

    2. CASC conferences focus on teaching students HOW to do things rather than WHAT to do. We provide skills and knowledge that will go farther than a dance theme or fundraising idea. The skills and curriculum CASC encourages students to think critically and teaches students how to apply curriculum to any and every part of their lives.

    3. CASC recognizes and supports the power of youth: This is an organization run FOR students BY students to ensure that all the needs of students are heard and met. We have high school and college students voting and making decisions alongside adults on the Board of Directors.

  • Check out our guide to attend a program for free! It should answer all of your questions as well as provide instructions on how to acquire scholarships from either CASC or local organizations! If you have further questions, contact the CASC Office or the State Development Director.

  • Whether you are a current student, alumni, parent, or any other stakeholder of the organization, you can help send students to CASC conferences to gain a life-changing experience. Any amount, small or big, will help students obtain a scholarship to attend programs. Donate today!

  • Regions are divided into twelve different areas of California, covering all 58 counties. It is based on your school location and you can find out your region by clicking on the 'Regions' tab.

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