High School Accreditation
High School accreditation is a type of quality assurance process where high school services, operations or programs are evaluated by an external body, regional accreditation committee, to determine if learning and educational standards are met. If these standards are met then the high school will receive an accredited status. The high school accreditation process is a peer review coordinated by accreditation commissions and member institutions. Most accreditation committees will grant a school accreditation and will continuously follow-up to make sure that the standards are still met. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.
Public schools must adhere to criteria set by the state governments. Private schools must also meet certain standards established by an accreditation committee in order to become accredited. More online high schools have become accredited to show that the quality of education is the same as traditional schools. In order for an online high school to become fully accredited, they must meet and uphold the standards set by the accreditation council. If the quality of education deteriorates or the standards are not met then the online school may lose their accreditation.
If you’re interested in receiving a high school diploma online then you should highly consider attending an accredited online high school program. A fully accredited high school program means you will receive the same education and teaching that students receive from a traditional brick-and-mortar high school. You will also be taught by well-qualified teachers that have met all the state’s certification requirements. You will also receive an accredited diploma, which will accepted by many employers and post-secondary institutes.
It’s also important that you know that the accreditation agency is an accepted member by the Department of Education. All accepted members abide by the minimum standards set by the federal government. Accrediting agencies are organizations that establish operating standards for educational or professional institutions and programs, determine the extent to which the standards are met, and publicly announce their findings.
There are two basic types of educational accreditation, one identified as “institutional” and one referred to as “specialized” or “programmatic.” Institutional accreditation normally applies to an entire institution, indicating that each of an institution’s parts is contributing to the achievement of the institution’s objectives, although not necessarily all at the same level of quality. Specialized accreditation normally applies to the evaluation of programs, departments, or schools which usually are parts of a total collegiate or other postsecondary institution. The unit accredited may be as large as a college or school within a university or as small as a curriculum within a discipline. A "specialized" or "programmatic" accrediting agency may also function in the capacity of an "institutional" accrediting agency.
Students should take additional measures to determine, prior to enrollment, whether or not their educational goals will be met through attendance at the prospective online high school. These measures should include inquiries to post-secondary institutions to which transfer might be desired or to prospective employers and, if possible, personal review of the potential high school.