Homeschoolers do not want the government or any accreditation agency to “qualify” parents to teach their own.
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New laws could make homeschooling “educational neglect.”
Guarding Our Birthright – the Question of Accreditation
Are we trading our birthright, the right to control and direct the education of our children, for a bowl of soup? How about for a computer, or some free curriculum, or some gambling money to send our kids to college? By Mary Hood
Just Who Is Accountable for My Child’s Education?
Or Accreditation Rears Its Ugly Head Again! We ask, then, what’s the point? To say that a school is “accredited” sounds impressive, doesn’t it? But what does it really mean? From HEIR in GA.
What is accreditation?
When accreditation is sought below the college level, the primary reason is, generally, simply to provide parents with some comfort level that the program is legitimate (i.e., of at least some minimal quality) – not a scam of some sort. Some parents consider accreditation important due to confusion and misinformation about accreditation at the elementary and secondary level of education, which we hope this page will help dispel. Why this school – the Great Books Academy – and other home school programs decline to seek and pay for accreditation.
However, some homeschoolers wish to avail themselves of accredited programs to complete their high school diploma work. They may wish to go with an accredited institution rather than do independent homeschooling.
Accrediting Agencies Not Recognized Under GAAP
If the program you are considering says they are accredited by one of these agencies, be wary. These may be phonies!
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
The accrediting organizations identified in this directory are recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Recognition by CHEA affirms that the standards and processes of the accrediting organization are consistent with the academic quality, improvement and accountability expectations that CHEA has established, including the eligibility standard that the majority of institutions or programs each accredits are degree-granting. Use search engines in the directories below to see if a K-12 home school program is accredited in its area.
- Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges Search Directory of Elementary and Secondary Schools
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges Search Directory of Schools
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Search Directory of Schools
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges Search Directory
- AvancED International Registry for Accreditation Search Directory
Homeschools are not accredited, while some distance learning programs are. You must negotiate with a high school counselor in advance if you wish such course work to count toward graduation should you wish to reenter that public school.
Any school can claim that it is accredited; the use of that word is not regulated in any way. So, how can you tell if a school is on the level? In the United States, accreditation is an entirely voluntary process, done by private, nongovernmental agencies. As a result of this lack of central control or authority, there have evolved good accrediting agencies and bad ones, recognized ones and unrecognized ones, legitimate ones and phony ones.
WASC’s Frequently Asked Questions
Addresses such concerns as the transfer of credits between a non-accredited and an accredited educational institution.