What is Accreditation and Why is it Important?

March 23, 2017 in , , ,

Written by Ellen R.

Accreditation is awarded to educational institutions that  meet the highest standards of providing quality education. The process of earning accreditation status is quite rigorous. A team of highly qualified teachers and administrators from outside schools review every aspect of the school’s operations. This includes the curriculum, teachers, administration, school leadership, and financial viability.

Accreditation is not a one-time event. For example, AdvancED accredited schools must commit to continuous improvement every year, and be re-accredited every 5 years. Find accredited schools.

As you search for the best school option for your child, accreditation is very important to you. You can be assured that course work completed at an accredited school will transfer to another school, should you have to make another change in schools. Also, a high school diploma earned from an accredited school will be accepted by colleges and universities across the country, and even the world.

What to look for: 

Three regional accrediting organizations merged to form AdvancED, the world’s largest and most recognized accrediting organization recognized by the US Department of Education:

NCA – North Central Association (AdvancED)

SACS – Southern Association of Colleges and Schools(AdvancED)

NWAC – Northwest Accreditation Commission (AdvancED)

Other regional accreditors include:

CITA – Commission on International and Trans-regional Accreditation

NEASC – New England Association of Schools and Colleges

MSA – Middle States Association

NCPSA- National Council of Private School Accreditation

IB – International Baccalaureate

Read more about Whitmore School accreditation.

Are you a homeschooling family looking for education options?

Many homeschooling families opt to enroll their high school students in an online school. There are many resources available through local homeschool associations to help you with your search. Here is a link to Homeschoolbase, a trusted homeschool group that ranks online school options based on parent feedback. Read more about Homeschoolbase.



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