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What Does It Mean to Be an Accredited School?

Written by James Madison High School on Wednesday, 22 August 2018. Posted in For Parents, Helpful Tips

What Does It Mean to Be an Accredited School?

An accredited school has met the standards and requirements as defined by that school’s accrediting organization. The accrediting organization monitors the school on a regular basis to assure it meets the needs of its students and provides quality instruction.

What do online high school accrediting agencies monitor?

Accrediting agencies may regulate everything from teacher/student ratios to the level of academic training of instructors to how the school promotes its programs to study methods and much more.

Why does accreditation matter?

Recognition and acceptance are the two main reasons accreditation matters. Many colleges and prospective employers, as well as apprenticeship program directors, will decline candidates who have not graduated from a regionally accredited high school.

What’s the difference between national and regional accreditation?

Again, many colleges and universities only accept credits from regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation is the most widely recognized form of accreditation. For this reason, degree seekers (i.e., college-bound high school students) should always look for a regionally accredited school.

How do I know which accreditation agencies are reputable?

Visit the U.S. Department of Education website to find out which accrediting agencies are on their authorized list. SACS CASI, which stands for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, is one of the most recognized accrediting agencies. SACS CASI accredits more than 13,000 schools and school systems throughout the United States and overseas and is an accreditation division of Cognia. It is, along with five other regional accreditation organizations, recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Is James Madison High School Accredited?

The online diploma programs offered by James Madison High School are both regionally and nationally accredited. Regional accreditation is through SACS CASI and national accreditation through the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.

"Students appreciate how easy it is to enroll and start studying, how convenient our self-paced courses are for their busy schedules, and how every one of our core and elective classes achieve the same high academic standards found in some of the most highly rated high schools in the country."

— Megan Bowen, JMHS principal

Watch out for false claims

As you begin your search for a reputable online high school, you may hear the word “accredited” bandied around as if it’s merely a generic marketing tool. The fact is, some schools do use the term loosely, and the agencies and organizations that accredit some schools are not even recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Do your homework upfront when it comes to assuring proper accreditation is in place.

Move ahead with your accredited online high school diploma and get your education on your terms. Call 1-800-349-6861 or enroll online today!

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