There are two types of accreditation: regional and national. While employers accept both types, many regionally accredited schools do not accept transfer credits from nationally accredited high schools. This is not a problem if you are studying for personal gratification, but if you plan to further your education at a four-year college or a university, you should select an online high school with regional accreditation. Below you’ll find a list of the 6 regional accreditors in the United States.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
Regional accreditation agency for online high schools in the six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
Regional accreditation agency for online high schools in the North Central region: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)
Regional accreditation agency for online high schools in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Panama.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS)
Regional accreditation agency for online high schools in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Regional accreditation agency for online high schools in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Regional accreditation agency for online high schools in California, Hawaii, the Territories of Guam and American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
The Goal of Accreditation
Remember that the goal of accreditation is to ensure that institutions of higher education meet acceptable levels of quality. It does not take very long to confirm the accreditation of an online high school, college, or university, and it is certainly worth the effort. Once you have selected a school, and made sure that it is accredited, you can rest assured that you will earn a legitimate diploma or degree.