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Is a JMHS Diploma Accepted at All Colleges?

Written by Nicole Krempasky on Wednesday, 07 April 2021. Posted in College Bound, Helpful Tips

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A big part of planning for your future involves knowing what you want to do after high school. If you have your sights set on continuing your education and going on to college, you might be wondering what colleges and universities accept high school diplomas from James Madison High School. Keep reading to find out where your JMHS diploma can take you.

Can you go to college with a degree from JMHS?

If you’re working on your high school degree or are looking at enrolling at James Madison High School, you might be curious if your diploma will carry you through to higher education. A top question when enrolling in any online school is whether or not they are a legitimate institution. To determine this, the best qualification to look for is the school’s accreditation. If a school is accredited by a recognized organization, it means the school has undergone a review process that meets specific expectations for education. These credentials cannot be bought and have to be renewed periodically to make sure the school is maintaining the standards and keeping up with new ones.

James Madison is accredited both nationally and regionally. It is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) and nationally by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), with the DEAC recognized as a reliable authority in education by the U.S. Department of Education.

What colleges accept JMHS degrees?

Because of the accreditation by the DEAC, graduates can look forward to many colleges and universities accepting their JMHS diplomas. There’s no guarantee, however, as to which institution will accept your diploma. Colleges consider many different things when determining which students to accept into their programs, so it’s important to remember accreditation is not the only factor taken into account. Some of the other criteria include:

  • Your grades
  • SAT and ACT scores
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Essays and interviews as specified by the college or university

To get an idea of what some of your options are, take a look at some of the schools former JMHS students have attended.

Where else is my JMHS diploma accepted?

Though college is a great post-high school option, not everyone is inclined to choose that route. For those looking to begin a military career, JMHS is a Tier 1 school. Typically, the Army, Navy, and Marines all accept students from Tier 1 schools, while the Air Force only accepts Tier 1 school students. These qualifications and categories do change, though, so it’s important to check with your local recruiter for more information.

If you’re a student looking forward to beginning your career right after high school, you can certainly do so. Many employers are only concerned with potential new hires having a high school diploma, and the legitimacy of your JMHS diploma can easily be confirmed through its DEAC accreditation.

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About the Author

Nicole Krempasky

Nicole Krempasky

Nicole Krempasky earned a BA in Communications with a minor in Art History from Arcadia University. Just finishing her MA in International Journalism from Edinburgh Napier University, she is putting her writing and research skills to use as Penn Foster’s Marketing Coordinator. Nicole enjoys baking, traveling, and British TV.