Choosing an accredited online high school can help ensure that your teen receives a quality education, can transfer to other high schools, and is able to use his diploma on college applications. Regional accreditation is the most widely accepted form of accreditation by both high schools and colleges across the nation. Here you'll find information about the six regional accreditors and their states of operation.
Note: When investigating an online high school, look for the program's state, not the state in which you reside.
A part of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the Commission on Independent Schools accredits online high schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
A part of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Accrediting Commission for Schools covers online high schools in California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, and other areas in the Pacific.
A part of the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges, the Council on Accreditation and School Improvement accredits online high schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
A part of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, the Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement provides accreditation for online high schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
A part of the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges, the Commission on Secondary Schools accredits online colleges in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Formerly affiliated with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools now independently oversees online high school accreditation in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.