What comes next after high school? Whether you’re just starting your James Madison journey or you’re wrapping up your last few classes, deciding what to do after graduation can feel stressful. Besides having to decide what you want to do for a career and where you want to go for college, understanding how to apply to the schools you’re interested in with an online high school diploma seems complicated. It doesn’t have to! Here’s what you should know about applying to colleges after your James Madison graduation.
Colleges and universities have different requirements and guidelines on what they will and won’t accept for admission to their school. That can include what high school diplomas they accept. However, in general, most schools look for legitimate regional accreditation when making decisions on whether they’ll accept an online diploma.
James Madison High School is regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). Regional accrediting bodies ensure that schools - whether public, private, or online - comply with federal regulations and meet standards for academic quality. Additionally, JMHS is also nationally accredited through the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which oversees online and distance education schools.
While accreditation does ensure that the education you’re receiving is legitimate and meets federal and state academic guidelines, it’s important to note that colleges have the right to make their own decisions regarding what they’ll accept and what they won’t. Early on in your studies, check in with colleges you may be interested in attending after high school to make sure your JMHS diploma can help you get there. You can also view a list of schools that have accepted JMHS graduates in the past to help you get started.
If you know college is your next step after graduating from JMHS, you want to start thinking about what you need to do to get there shortly after starting your program. Not sure where to begin? Answer these questions to map out a plan that can help you make sure you have everything you need to take the next steps after high school.
Generally, high school students start submitting college applications between the end of their junior year and the beginning of their senior year. As an online student with James Madison, you can do the same - though since your program is self-paced, you may find yourself graduating earlier than other students your age or later - depending on what pace you chose to work on your classes.
Starting the process of applying to school often begins with having a checklist of things you need to do or have ready.
Once you have an idea of what you need to do, you can start putting together a portfolio of materials you can send out to the schools you’re interested in attending.
With James Madison High School, you can take the first steps toward preparing for life after high school - on your own terms. Whether you want to go right to college or jump right into work after graduation, your flexible courses allow you to do it on your schedule. Not sure if online school is right for you? Speak with one of our Admissions Specialists today at .