Hillside's accreditation for summer classes has recently been confirmed by Western Association of Schools & Colleges and its courses are University of California-approved. The school board appears to be returning to its stated concern about instructional minutes as a disqualifying reason. The accreditation agencies don't share this concern. Given the way the board cut instructional days, this seems like an odd flag for it to raise.
Hillside is not, nor should it be viewed as, competition with the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation’s summer school, financially or otherwise. We have students to educate and that is our mandate, first and only. Some students do better in one environment while others do better in another, it’s not one-size-fits-all. It is our duty to educate. As such, it’s our duty to offer many avenues to reach and engage as many students as possible. If the alternatives meet the same standards, how can there be a discussion. It really can be as simple as that.
Rather than micro-managing Hillside, urge school board members to accept accredited alternatives.
La Cañada Flintridge