Accredited Online High School
An accredited online high school should be accredited by one of the below six accreditation councils:
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges
The Northwest Accreditation Commission
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Accreditation is one of the most important aspects of choosing an online high school. If your high school diploma is accredited by an approved Department of Education accredited agency then it will be accepted by many post-secondary institutions and employers.
A school accredited by an approved accreditation agency can grant degrees that lead to increased earnings and better careers. Make sure you know the facts about accreditation before you register for classes with any online high school.
Accreditation is the process where an outside accreditation council reviews a schoolís programs and policies to see if it meets the minimum standards established by the regional council. Accreditation is meant to protect students, schools, and employers. It ensures that a school is educating its students and meeting current educational standards.
Make sure that your online school is accredited by an agency recognized by either the United States Department of Education (USDE) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). These organizations maintain lists of qualified accreditation agencies.
Many online schools are accredited by the Distance Education Training Council (DETC). This accreditation agency is also recognized by the USDE and CHEA. It is recognized by many employers. However, DETC accreditation is not as widely accepted as regional accreditation. Many regionally accredited schools do not accept transfer credits from DETC accredited schools.
When searching for an online school, make sure that itís not a diploma mill school. A diploma mill is a school that distributes degrees, requires little to no work of its students, and does not meet any of the education standards set by an accreditation agency. Note that not all unaccredited schools are diploma mills. Some unaccredited schools are undergoing the accreditation process or choose not to seek accreditation. Using a degree from one of these schools may be difficult, but that does not automatically qualify a school as a diploma mill.
If you choose a school that isnít accredited it may be difficult to use your diploma for employment or any further education. If you are seeking a diploma for personal enjoyment then accreditation may not be important to you. However, if you want to use your diploma in the workplace or plan on furthering your education at a later date, accreditation is essential.