Clayton Valley Charter High School Receives Six-Year Term of Accreditation from the Western Association of Schools & Colleges

June 20, 2014 18:40 pm · 50 comments


Clayton Valley Charter High School (CVCHS) in Concord has received a six-year term of accreditation from the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC), according to a facebook post from the school.

The following is from CVCHS:

After completion of our visit and evaluation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), CVCHS received a six year clear term of accreditation. This is the highest level of praise that WASC bestows, affirming our school’s success and our ability to continue to achieve excellence.

Through its review processes, WASC confirms that an institution has substantially met the Commission’s Core Commitments and Standards of Accreditation and associated Criteria for Review and, thus, possesses the resources, policies, and practices to achieve its educational goals and has provided evidence of the quality of its educational programs. Accredited institutions are also subject to the conditions established by the Commission, including its policies.

Accreditation is periodically reaffirmed through a comprehensive review process that includes an institutional self study, external review, and site visit.

1 Anon June 20, 2014 at 6:42 PM


2 Observing June 20, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Good thing WASC did their evaluation before the whole thing blew up. I doubt their opinion would be the same if they did it today.

3 Killjoy June 20, 2014 at 7:01 PM

AWESOME! Now if they can just stop the infighting……

4 Cowellian June 20, 2014 at 7:06 PM

That’s just what I was thinking, Killjoy!

5 Lake June 20, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Perhaps it didn’t blow up – time to move forward

6 Mr. Obvious June 20, 2014 at 7:38 PM

lip stick on a pig?

7 Don't Be A Hater June 20, 2014 at 8:59 PM

I don’t get the hate towards CVCHS? Is this still the Little League thing, envious Northgate Parents who are pissed off that they had to buy a house in Crystal Ranch. I go to Parent meetings so I know it’s not coming from them. What’s the deal?

8 Just A Guy June 20, 2014 at 9:12 PM

WASC is akin to getting your driver’s license. You really have to be a screw-up not to get one.

9 Oh no....... June 20, 2014 at 9:36 PM

What’s that you say? It’s not all gloom and doom after all? Bottom line there is a waiting list for a reason. The drama is on these boards not at the charter.

10 cvhs mom June 20, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Concord High also has a 6 year accreditation. Let’s remember there are other schools out there NOT in the news, quietly going about their business. CHS also was recognized by the State Superintendent for their increase to a 94.1% graduation rate. But then, bad news does sell.

11 THEM WINGS THOUGH June 20, 2014 at 10:12 PM


12 THEM WINGS THOUGH June 20, 2014 at 10:14 PM


13 What??? June 20, 2014 at 10:34 PM

So I’m looking at the Contra Costa times website where it lists the graduates for each high school. It lists each graduate’s name plus any awards or scholarships they received. Nice, right? All the Concord high schools are listed, even DLS and Carondelet. But under “Graduation 2014: Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord”, there’s this:

The Clayton Valley Charter High School graduating class of 2014 was not provided to this newspaper due to the school’s concerns over liability issues.

What the heck????

14 fiddy June 20, 2014 at 10:39 PM

@ THEM WINGS THOUGH. For those of us that don’t watch the Gang Channel, what are you talking about? Seriously, I’m completely ignorant.

15 eyewhen June 20, 2014 at 10:45 PM

THEM WINGS is a Mt. Diablo freshmen.

16 THEM WINGS THOUGH June 20, 2014 at 10:58 PM


17 Angry eagle? June 20, 2014 at 11:11 PM

That looks like one pissed off Eagle. Probably angry over what you crazy charter people did to his once proud school: Hundreds of angry teachers, parents, and students protesting at board meetings. Firing the governing board member and administrator who lead the fight to become a charter when she publicly questioned the management of the school. Hiring private investigators to look into allegations against the executive director. Attempts to oust dissenting board members. The athletics boosters board resigning in protest. Coaches quitting in protest. Administrators mysteriously filing papers for a new charter school. The executive director secretly looking for a new job. Kicking the Clayton Valley Little League off their home fields of 40 years. The football program getting penalized and the entire sports program put on probation for a year.

Yup, that’s one angry Eagle.

18 @fiddy June 20, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Twin lightning bolts were a Nazi symbol.

19 ugly eagle mom June 20, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Great news
the haters forget a community came together to get this school away from mt Diablo school district.
parents teachers and students fought for this school
Mt Diablo school district is who the community should be hating on not this school
cvchs will not lower its standards the other high schools need to raise their own standards
cvchs is a place were kids who want to learn get too without all the distractions of kids who don’t try
the school has better rules than mdusd schools
no baggy pants no disrespectful behaviors are tolerated at cvchs

20 fiddy June 20, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Thanks @18. Sorry to annoy you THEM WINGS. I forgot that conversation and discussion have been made obsolete by the all mighty Google. There’s no need to talk to anyone anymore, not when Google can tell you anything you want to know about anything. It won’t happen again.

Say, did anyone else notice that the red negative space between the E and the S looks kinda like a swastika? Or that if you changed the eagle’s talons to beads on an abacus, it would read 666?

21 @ugly eagle mom June 21, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Unfortunately, ugly eagle mom, the only thing the “community” that formed CVCHS could agree on was “We hate MDUSD”. There was no common vision for what the school would be after it left MDUSD. That’s why it’s in the mess it’s in today, with different factions fighting over the direction of the school. Never was the name “ugly eagle” more appropriate than it is today.

22 Cowellian June 21, 2014 at 6:50 AM

Some people work way too hard at being perpetually offended.

23 Mr. B June 21, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Really, a nazi reference? how completely idiotic, but what can you expect as the intelligence collectively on this board from the haters. MDUSD is a joke and you haters keep proving with each lame attack. Mt D a joke and has been for decades.

24 Rollo Tomasi June 21, 2014 at 7:46 AM

Every time I see a rainbow I feel the LGBT community pushing their lifestyle on me.

25 Quit? June 21, 2014 at 7:53 AM

Who are the coaches that quit and the same for the boosters?
I keep hearing about it but no one says who that are.

26 94598 June 21, 2014 at 8:05 AM

I believe College park failed- they lost their WASC accredation. If true, this is horrible- Can anybody confirm this?

27 Darnell Running Bear June 21, 2014 at 8:20 AM

@21 What do you mean by “Some People”?!!!

28 @94598 June 21, 2014 at 9:06 AM

That’s not true. CPHS DID NOT lose WASC accreditation. The education reporter for the Contra Costa Times confirmed that College Park received a 6 year accreditation.

29 Cowellian June 21, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Don’t worry, Darnell Running Bear, I wasn’t talking about you. At least I don’t think I was. You’re not that barking moonbat who sees Nazi symbolism in the ugly eagle, are you?

30 anon June 21, 2014 at 9:42 AM

@ugly eagle,
I don’t believe that there aren’t any sagging pants at your school.

31 David June 21, 2014 at 11:49 AM

@Don’t Be A Hater

Northgate parents want the Charter to be a success as they would also like to leave the MDUSD. The hate you hear comes mostly from Concord High Parents who are jealous CVCHS is receiving more funds per student than they did before the charter. That money had to come from somewhere and they feel it was ‘stolen’ from them. The Concord parents are truly an vulgar group of people.

32 Julio June 21, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Some of you are so warped and sick I can’t believe it. Makes Claycord blog look really bad. Why do you put up with it Mr. Mayor?

33 k. saint June 21, 2014 at 7:19 PM

CVCHS, congrats on your accreditation. Would you be able to post the WASC report to your website so that the community can see the action plan and steps you’ve taken to earn the highest award? Thanks!

34 k. saint June 21, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Sorry CVCHS – i spoke too soon. Thanks for posting.

35 chs alum June 22, 2014 at 12:20 PM

That’s just the WASC … They could still lose their Charter.

36 Wondering June 22, 2014 at 1:49 PM

From reading the various CVCHS threads, it sounds like a lot of the out-of-boundary football players get in because they transfer in as sophomores, juniors, or seniors and there is no waiting list for those grades. It also sounds like one of the football players who got in was expelled from another district.

Does that mean any kid who is expelled from another district as a sophomore, junior, or senior can automatically enroll at CVCHS? Is the school going to be the go-to school for any kid who gets expelled from MDUSD, Pittsburg, or Antioch? This could be very bad for the school and the neighborhood.

37 ANNONeeemoose June 22, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Geez louise people, you all LOOOOVE the drahhhma!!! They’re not going to lose the charter over some personnel issues. So what? Move on. There is an investigation. If you care so much then PLEASE go to all the board meetings, join a committee and get involved. Otherwise, it just shows you all love the arguing anonymously over a blog. Nice work peeps. Keep it up!

38 @Wondering June 22, 2014 at 4:29 PM

You almost got it right…..the football players come in as upper grade level kids where there is no waiting list. And, the athlete enrolls immediately. So if the kid comes in academically ineligible he receives immediate assistance from CVCHS and presto chango the kid now is eligible.
The player you spoke about who was expelled had his expulsion overturned at the county level and therefore was not denied the transfer because of discipline issues. Had he been expelled, he could have moved to CVCHS if they admitted him but he would not have been eligible.
If the CIF ever starts looking into this “lottery” there will be some changes made.
By the way my father and mother used to serve on WASC committees and they said a school would have to be totally screwed up to not get an accreditation.

39 ConMom June 23, 2014 at 3:07 PM

So, the charter got a six year accreditation. Big deal, so did the other high schools in the district. Does anyone know anything about Linzey taking administrators, staff and board members to a conference? I was told they spent the day at Disney World. I hope that’s not true.

40 ANNONeeemoose June 23, 2014 at 4:12 PM

People go to conferences. Some conferences take place at big convention centers. I want a school and a staff that is forward thinking and always looking to be better, do better.

41 @ConMom June 23, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I hope it’s not true about the trip to DisneyWorld. That would be a tremendous waste of taxpayer money. Imagine the anger that would erupt if every MDUSD school sent a group of administrators to DisneyWorld. Why don’t you email Theresa Harrington at the CCTimes and ask her to find out if it’s true?

42 Former CVHS Parent June 23, 2014 at 6:01 PM

I took a look at the link provided by #40. Did anybody at CV do a web search on the guy running this conference? A Florida newspaper did a piece on Dr. Willard Daggett after local school administrators spent $20,000 to attend the 2012 conference in Orlando. Here’s a bit from the article:

Daggett, one of the conference’s keynote speakers, has his adherents – witness the school districts that shell out big dollars to his group – but he also has a posse of critics who have trailed him for years. If nothing else, Daggett is controversial.

Here’s how the nonprofit John William Pope Center for Education Policy described him way back in 1999:

“Education consultant Willard Daggett lies about his resume, gives false information, and charges an exorbitant amount for his speeches – triple what most education scholars charge – according to an Oct. 22 Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) report,” the center wrote on its website. “School systems across the country, however, believe in Daggett’s message and gladly pay the $7,000 to $10,000 a day that it costs to hear him speak. Among them is the The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.”

The website pointed to a speech Daggett gave in Gross Pointe, Mich., in which he allegedly claimed the U.S. was the only country still teaching chemistry and biology as separate courses. The problem was, the website reported, further research showed that no nations integrated the two subjects.

“In the same speech, he claimed to have been a university president and to be a trustee of two major universities,” the center stated. “When pressed for names of the universities, Daggett said only that he had been a professor.”

The late education expert Gerald Bracey, a Fellow at the Education Policy Studies Laboratory at Arizona State University until his death in 2009, was another constant critic of Daggett, telling the Pope Center that Daggett was “full of crap as a Christmas turkey.”

Bracey placed Daggett on his Rotten Apples in Education annual list on multiple occasions, for, among other things, using non-existent research to explain why 12-year-olds were better operators of VCRs than high school graduates – namely, that American high schools emphasize literature and that literature was a right-brained activity, while figuring out a VCR is left-brained.

“In fact, all language is processed in the left hemisphere,” Bracey retorted

In 2008, writing in The Huffington Post, Bracey labeled Daggett as education’s Baron von Munchausen for telling what he called “whoppers.” In one example, Daggett is alleged to have told an audience of high schoolers that his oldest daughter was the president and CEO of the fourth largest medical facility in the world. When Bracey called the facility, he recounted in The Huffington Post, he found that the daughter did indeed work there – as the office manager. In fact, she answered the phone for an office with four doctors.

The criticism has continued this year. Pete Borden, a columnist with the Marietta Daily Journal, began his own investigation after he learned that local educators were Disney bound.

“Most of what I found was self-promoting material concocted, no doubt, by Daggett and his staff,” he wrote of the ICLE. “All of it was ambiguous in content, making broad claims, impossible to document. Such is a not an unusual practice in creating a resume, with little substance.”

43 ConMom June 23, 2014 at 8:42 PM

I’m pretty sure that money could be better spent on the CVCHS students /campus. Not sure tax payers would agree about the necessity of taking 20 plus staff on an all expense payed trip that includes Disney World. Did the entire board go on this boondoggle ?

44 ConMom June 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

And who’s paying for this?

45 Former CVHS Parent June 23, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Boondoggle is exactly the right word for this. How much did this cost? It’s more evidence of the poor management in place at CVCHS. I am so glad my children graduated before this band of incompetents took over.

46 @former cvhs parent June 23, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Daggett has played fast and loose with facts for years. He has described his four children as ranging from educationally challenged to extremely intelligent.
No one is quite sure how many children he does have nor what their learning abilities are since a number of people havc commented that it seems to change depending on the audience

47 Former CVHS Parent June 24, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Did they really take TWENTY people to this conference at Disney World, ConMom? That’s outrageous! When did they decide to do this? Why wasn’t it discussed at a governing board meeting?

I still want to know why Linzey and MChesney were submitting papers to the county to open a separate charter school.

48 Cvhs mom June 24, 2014 at 10:36 PM

More conspiracy propaganda from concords HC in hopes he wont have to play the charter.Nobody cares coach, clean you own house before you point the finger. Im sure claycord would love to hear about your history in rule bending,illegal recruiting and transfers.

49 ANNONeeemoose June 25, 2014 at 7:37 AM

I assume such an event would be tied into an educational or conference budget line item. How come no one comes to the meetings? Yet sits behind their computers and complains after the fact?

50 @annonemoose June 25, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Well put, the reason is theses aren’t concerned parents hiding behind aliases.This is one high schools campaign to discredit anything the charter is doing to better things for the kids and community.change is uncomfortable for most people, just glad we have moved on from the MDSD.

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