You may have driven by it dozens of times, and wondered, what goes on in there? The highest quality of education for children with special needs, now recognized by the exact authority to grant that status. The Exceptional Children’s Foundation Kayne Eras School has been fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The ACS WASC is a world-renowned accrediting association and one of the six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation through ACS WASC indicates that a school meets the highest standards of academic quality, organizational capacity and educational effectiveness.
ECF President and CEO Dr. Scott Bowling said, “The association’s determination to grant the six-year status to ECF’s Kayne Eras School reflects the excellence and dedication of our teachers, counselors and administrators, and our commitment to providing the highest quality education for students challenged with learning differences.”
ACS WASC accreditation fosters excellence in education by encouraging school improvement through a process of continuing evaluation, conducting self-studies and hosting self-study visits. The self-study process culminates in the refinement of a schoolwide action plan. Throughout the accreditation cycle, schools are expected to address the schoolwide action plan and demonstrate evidence of student achievement and school improvement.
George Woods, director of school programs at ECF Kayne Eras School, said, “For our students and families, what this accreditation means is that they are assured of the school’s high-quality education program and a trustworthy educational environment. Many non-public schools meet the basic requirements of the State but do not take the leap to earn WASC accreditation. We now meet the A-G requirements for our curriculum to disperse our own diplomas. And, when our students graduate and apply for college or look for a job, accreditation further validates the integrity of the school’s program and the successes our students achieve here at ECF Kayne Eras Center.”
The ACS WASC website lists 720 accredited private schools in total, 128 in Los Angeles County, 31 in Los Angeles and five in Culver City—with one being the ECF Kayne Eras School.