Q&A: Quality Safeguards -- Accreditation

A. Yes, you want to make sure the online middle school you sign up for is regionally accredited. These accrediting bodies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation – the two bodies are also mostly responsible for accrediting brick-and-mortar schools.

You can learn more about the 6 regional accreditors here. If you want to learn more about the accreditation process and why it is important, visit the AdvancEd website.

And while accreditation is of course important when it comes to picking the right online school, you should also feel emboldened to “trust your gut.” If something about the website doesn’t look right to you, trust your intuition and stay away. If you have additional questions about a particular school, go ahead and call the school. It’s an immediate red flag if there’s no phone number on the school’s marketing site. It should be another red flag if no one returns your call for a few days.

Another easy way to check if your school is accredited and by whom is to take a peek at our school report cards, where we asked each school for their accreditation details.