WASC Accreditation

YAS received initial accreditation in August 2011. After a WASC committee visited in the spring of 2015, Yantai American School is accredited through June 30, 2021.
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About WASC


The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) is one of the six regional accrediting associations recognized by the United States Department of education. The Accrediting Commission for Schools, WASC, extends its services to over 4,500 public, independent, church-related, and proprietary pre-K–12 and adult schools, works with 16 associations in joint accreditation processes, and collaborates with other educational organizations.


The ACS WASC accreditation process 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.


Purpose for Accreditation

Accreditation is a term that originally meant trustworthiness in its middle French, Old Italian usage. The original purpose of accreditation in the United States was designed to encourage the standardization of secondary school programs, primarily to ensure for the benefit of colleges and universities that graduating students had mastered a particular body of knowledge. However, today the process developed by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC), involves a dual purpose that continues the expectation that schools must be worthy of the trust placed in them to provide high quality learning opportunities, but with the added requirement that they clearly demonstrate that they are about the critical business of continual self-improvement.


Ultimately, the accreditation process is all about fostering excellence in the elementary, secondary, adult, postsecondary and supplementary education programs accredited by WASC. The fundamental cause involves helping schools meaningfully create the highest quality learning experience they can envision for all students. It is ACS WASC's consistent purpose to professionally support schools in creating for themselves a clear vision of what they desire their students to know and be able to do and then to ensure that efficient and relevant systems are in place that predictably result in the fulfillment of those expectations for every child.

WASC's Territory

The Accrediting Commission for Schools accredits primarily public and private schools located in California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, the Republic of Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and American and international schools in Asia and the Pacific. When invited and when circumstances suggest the feasibility and appropriateness of the relationship, the Commission will authorized staff to work with schools in areas of the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

Listed are several schools accredited by WASC:

  • Hong Kong International School

  • Shanghai American School

  • International School of Singapore

  • Yongsan International School of Seoul.


YAS Accreditation History

In August 2011, Yantai American School received initial accreditation after a three day initial visit by WASC. Yantai American School’s visit and initial accreditation are unique. Typically, the initial visit is only a one-day visit and most schools receive candidacy status, which is not accreditation (see Initial Accreditation section). Schools then have three years of candidacy, during which time they prepare a self-study and have a second site visit.


Yantai American School’s initial visit was completed by the Executive Director of WASC at the time, Dr. Dan Brown. Following the initial visit in March of 2011, Yantai American School was given initial accreditation in 2011 because of the excellent learning environment at YAS.


Yantai American School’s accreditation number is 62 91088 999.