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Earning your high school diploma online seems like the best fit for your needs and schedule. You can study at your own speed and decide when to take exams based on how comfortable you are with the material. But what happens after you graduate? Will your online James Madison High School diploma help you get into college, start a new career, or prepare to move up in your current job? Here’s what you should know about who accepts the online JMHS diploma.
An online high school diploma program seems like the best fit for your needs. You can own your education and do it your way, whether that means studying late at night or getting up early to study before work or extracurricular activities. But choosing the right online school, one that can help you prepare to reach your goals and is legitimate, can feel like a difficult decision. How can you be sure the work you put in will get you where you want to go after graduation? If you’re considering enrolling in James Madison High School to finish your diploma, the first thing you’re thinking about is: where will my diploma be accepted after I finish? Here’s your answer.
When you’re researching online schools, one of the first things you’ll look for - even before wondering what you can do after graduation - is whether or not that school is legitimate. You can determine if an online high school is legit by looking for their licensing and accreditation information.
James Madison has both regional and national accreditation. Accreditation generally means that the school in question has been reviewed and judged, meeting state and national expectations for education. We’re regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), one of six regional accrediting bodies that are dedicated to advancing education worldwide. Earning accreditation isn’t a one-time deal for any school. In fact, all schools have to renew their accreditation after a few years, proving that the classes and materials being taught are up to date and actually helping students.
Our high school program is also nationally accredited through the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which ensures that online or correspondence courses are offering the same quality curriculum you’d get in a traditional brick and mortar high school.
Besides marking a school as legitimate or not, having the right accreditation is helpful when taking your next step after graduation. Many colleges and universities only accept credits or work completed at regionally accredited high schools.
Colleges and universities consider different criteria when deciding to accept - or not accept - a student. But one of the first things admissions teams look at is whether or not the high school you graduated from is appropriately accredited. A regionally accredited high school diploma can help you take the next step toward a college degree, but you also want to keep in mind the other things that can factor into a school’s decision.
Besides making sure you actually graduated - or are on track to graduate - from a regionally accredited high school like James Madison, schools consider
While James Madison does hold regional and national accreditation for our high school diploma program, it’s always a good idea to check in with colleges you may want to attend in the future and verify that they’d accept your diploma. It’s ultimately up to the college to determine what criteria they search for in applicants.
It’s important to note, though, that previous James Madison graduates have been accepted to and attended community colleges, technical schools, and universities around the country. The full list of colleges and schools that accept an online JMHS diploma range from state schools like the University of Tennessee to private colleges like Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Like colleges and career schools, it’s entirely up to the company to decide what they will and won’t accept. While many employers only care that you’ve completed a diploma with a legitimate high school, whether online or at a traditional public school, some positions may be more competitive and involve looking into your grade point average and doing a background check. However, because James Madison’s online high school program is accredited and acknowledged by the US Department of Education, you shouldn’t run into an issue verifying you graduated with a legit high school diploma.
Online schools are becoming more and more accepted, especially as busy lives and crowded traditional schools lead regular and adult students to earn their long-distance diploma. You shouldn’t have an issue progressing through your goals after leaving James Madison, but there are still the occasional doubters who hear “online school” and immediately think you didn’t really work hard to study and learn.
That word - online - can be scary to some who aren’t aware of the standards that online schools like JMHS or our partner school, Penn Foster, are held to. Just like a public high school, we need to ensure we follow rules and regulations about education, curriculum, and verify we’re constantly improving our school through re-accreditation processes. If an employer or school doubts your school has the accreditation they look for, you can advise them to search for James Madison High School on the Department of Education website. They can also check out social media pages like our Facebook to learn more about the students who came before you!
If you’re not quite sure what our accreditation means, how it affects your prospects after graduation, or what you should know about online school, reach out to our dedicated and knowledgeable admissions team at before getting started.