Are Online High Schools Accredited?

Are you considering attending online high school? If so, there is probably one thing keeping you back. Just one question.

Are online high schools accredited?

The answer is: sometimes.

You see, just like with online college degree programs, there are online high schools that are diploma mills.

Diploma mills are online schools that are not accredited but still charge students and give them a diploma when they graduate.

Diplomas from a diploma mill are worthless. They are not worth the paper they are printed on.

Fortunately, it is pretty easy to find out if an online high school is accredited in the United States.

The Distance Education Training Council (DETC) is a common accreditation that you will see. It is legit – but it is not recognized everywhere. By everywhere, I mean that not all colleges or employers consider it legit.

For a fool-proof accreditation, look for an online high school that is accredited by one of the six regional accreditation agencies in the United States. Here they are:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  • North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA)
  • Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA)
  • Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NWCCU)

And how you do check the accreditation of an online high school? Easy. Look on the U.S. Department of Education’s website.