GGHS HIGHLIGHTS!!! GGHS Exceeded State averages on the 2017 ELA Standardized Testing results for students who “Met” or “Exceeded” Target scores: All students 13% greater, Hispanic students 8% greater, Asian students 6% greater, English Learners 13% greater, Economically Disadvantaged students 19% greater, Special Education students 3% greater. GGHS Exceeded State averages on the Math Standardized Testing results for students who “Met” or “Exceeded” Target scores: All students 9% greater, English Learners 6% greater, Economically Disadvantaged students 15% greater. GGHS has 14 National AP Scholars with 4’s or higher on all AP tests taken and scores of 4 or 5 on eight or more AP Exams. GGHS offers 58 sections of Advanced Placement Classes with 1,458 students served. -1,383 AP Exams taken during the 2016-17 school year; 73% pass rate (compared to a 62% State average). GGHS is one of eight Orange County schools offering the prestigious AP Seminar and AP Capstone Classes. GGHS had 87 All-League and 7 All CIF Athletes from the 2016-17 school-year. GGHS scholars earned $1,980,000 in Merit Scholarships and Grants by the Class of 2017. GGHS attained a 95.9% Graduation rate for the Class of 2017. GGHS offers a nationally recognized four-year Latin program and four-year Vietnamese language program which served as a model for the county.  GGHS recognized and awarded 82 Seal of Biliteracy students from the Class of 2017. GGHS offers culturally relevant and highly sought after course offerings such as Mexican American Literature, Mexican American History, and Vietnamese American History. GGHS is home of the Michael Monsoor Stadium: new state-of-the arts Sports Facility.

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What is WASC
WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) is the accrediting body that confirms that our program here at GGHS meets the requirements for Colleges and Universities in the US. Without accreditation, colleges and universities will not accept our transcripts and our students will not be eligible for post-secondary scholarships or acceptance to colleges or universities.
The WASC process is a 6 year cycle, and includes a Self-Study Report, a four-day visit by an team from WASC, and usually some kind of a progress report during the 6 years. But the length of time until our next major visit depends on the term recommended by the visiting committee. Our next major visit will be in the Spring of 2017-18, but 2016-17 was the year we wrote most of our self study report. This is a campus wide, year-and-a-half long project and the more school-wide our process is, the greater our chances of a long term recommendation.
The self study is not to be a top down process, and most of the leadership team and all the focus group leaders are teachers not administrators. All members of the staff must participate in the WASC process, but you can also volunteer and provide more help, and the more help we have the easier and better the process will be. If you have questions contact Kevin Voeller at


Self Study Outcomes:

Involvement and collaboration

Clarification and measurement of schoolwide learner outcomes (PDF)  and academic standards

Data analysis Program assessment and its impact on student learning

Long-range action plan aligned to school’s areas of need


What the Visiting Committee will look at:

Involvement and collaboration

School’s purpose

Assessment and data analysis

Progress of students in standards and SLO's (ESLR’s)

Action Plan alignment to school needs

Capacity to carry out Action Plan

Use of prior accreditation findings



*Fall 2015 - Setup focus groups (FG) and leadership team

*Spring 2016 – Review Action Plan (Leadership)

*Spring 2016 – Review action Plan and ESLR’s (FG)

*Spring 2016 – Update School Profile (Leadership)

*2016 – 2017 – Write the self-study report draft Chpt. 4 (All)

*Fall 2017 – Update Action Plan (Leadership→FG)

*Fall 2017 – Finalize Self Study(FG→Leadership)

Spring 2018 – WASC Visit