A History Rich in Excellence
JMHS is rooted to a tradition of excellence in accredited online education begun by our parent company, more than 25 years ago. Our programs are designed to help our students to obtain a flexible, affordable education and empower them to tear down barriers keeping them from the success they desire.
The parent company of James Madison High School, Professional Career Development Institute (PCDI), was founded in 1987. Since its inception PCDI has evolved with the changing technologies and student demands. PCDI has developed a large selection of distance education programs from high school, career, and degree; and, has enrolled over 2 million students in its programs.
PCDI started as a career school that offered one career course. Early programs focused on vocational and avocational education pathways for students.
James Madison High School (JMHS) was established in 1996 to aid students who need a flexible approach to a high school education. JMHS provides the curriculum needed for students to complete one to four years of high school course work leading to a high school diploma. The JMHS program enrolls students from all over the world.
In 2000, PCDI established Ashworth College to offer associate degree programs to students who need a flexible approach to a college education. Ashworth College started offering master's degree programs in 2004 and bachelor's degree programs in 2007.
In 2007, all PCDI schools merged under the Ashworth College name. Today, we offer 2 high school programs, 10 career certificates, over 60 career diplomas, 15 undergraduate certificates, 30 associate degrees, 8 bachelor's degrees, 6 graduate certificates, and 10 master's degrees.
James Madison High School is regionally accredited by AdvancED Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). In addition JMHS is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
Students have the opportunity to begin their high school education at JMHS and continue on to pursue their career and college aspirations with Ashworth College via flexible, affordable, and accredited distance education programs.
JMHS has graduated tens of thousands of students. Many of our graduates have moved on to college, advanced to better careers, taken jobs with higher pay, or been accepted to technical training programs or trade apprenticeships.