An accreditation team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges visited Merced Adult School for a mid-term report, with the school receiving favorable marks for its instructional programs.
The adult school, which received a six-year accreditation in 2009, was praised Wednesday by the association's chairman, Hillary Crissinger, a resource specialist with the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
"Merced Adult School works really hard to provide educational programs," Crissinger said. "It's very admirable they can maintain a program and provide great service despite budget cuts. They have a beautiful campus that's an asset to the community."
Adult School Principal Debbie Glass said the mid-term review went well. She said one of the things the school has done in response to the 2009 accreditation recommendations was to set up a student advisory committee that meets regularly to offer input on the success of programs.
The adult school serves 4,000 to 5,000 students a year. Its six programs include English as a second language, adult basic education, GED preparation, high school diploma, vocational computers and office technology, and a parenting program.
Kristin Blanchard, program manager for the school, said the two association representatives were impressed that, despite budget cuts, the staff maintains a collaborative, supportive and flexible approach to making sure students are offered the classes they need.
"They also commented on how clean, comfortable and safe our campus is," Blanchard said.
George Sziraki, assistant superintendent of educational services for the Merced Union High School District, said the review team was impressed with the Adult School's focus on instructional norms, planning and purposeful teaching.
"They praised the staff and administration for the strides they have made in addressing critical areas of need identified by the original accreditation team," Sziraki said.
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