There are lots of reasons to choose an online high school instead of attending a traditional high school. No matter the reason one of the most important things to do is find an online school that is accredited. Attending a "fake" school will be a huge waste of money, time and energy.
Here are answers to some of the most common questions when choosing an online school:
What is accreditation? Accreditation is the process of reviewing a school's programs and policies to see if it meets criteria set by an outside agency. When a school is found to meet the minimum criteria, it is granted accreditation.
Why is accreditation important? Accreditation is meant to protect students and schools. It ensures that a school is educating its students and meeting quality standards.
Who can grant accreditation? Not all accreditation is equal. Accreditation from the wrong source can be worse than accreditation at all.
Make sure that your online school is accredited by an agency recognized by either the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. These organizations maintain lists of legitimate accreditors.
If you want your online degree to be widely accepted, select a school that is accredited by one of the six regional accreditation agencies recognized by both the USDE and CHEA. These are the same agencies that accredit reputable brick-and-mortar schools.
Many online schools are accredited by the Distance Education Training Council. DETC accreditation is not widely accepted as regional accreditation. Many regionally accredited schools do not accept transfer credits from DETC accredited schools. Use discretion when selecting an online college with DETC accreditation.
What if my school isn't accredited? If you choose a school that isn't accredited (or is accredited by an illegitimate agency), it may be difficult for you to use your degree. You may not be able to transfer your credit hours or degree to an accredited school. If you plan on furthering your education, accreditation is essential.
So, before you choose the first online school you see...do your homework...ask questions...make sure it is the right school for you.
Data on U.S. Public High Schools & Private High Schools
Data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics. The data displayed is compiled from the most recent sources available. For public schools this is the 2012-2013 school year. For private schools this is the 2011-2012 school year.
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