ACCESS South County has been WASC accredited since 2004, and was awarded a new 6-Year recertification in 2010. The process developed by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), has a dual purpose that sets the expectation that schools must be worthy of the trust placed in them to provide high-quality learning opportunities, and it adds the requirement that schools clearly demonstrate they are involved in the continual process of self-improvement. Areas of strength noted include:
- A caring and healthy environment is clearly evident as a result of the staff's focus on the ESLR addressing "engagement."
- There is a reciprocal relationship with referring districts that promotes the transition of students to and from county programs.
- The use of Assessment Centers is indicative of the growing practice of assessing students' needs and skills to improve learning and access to support services.