What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a voluntary activity initiated by a school that requires a rigorous self-evaluation and an independent, objective appraisal of the overall educational quality by peers. Accreditation emphasizes quality assurance and a commitment to continuous quality enhancement. ICSU is accredited by two organizations: 1. Western Association of Schools and Colleges and 2. Association of Christian Schools International. To achieve accreditation by legitimate accreditation organizations (there are fake accreditation organizations), an institution must:
• Comply with rigorous standards;
• Develop and implement an Institutional Effectiveness Plan;
• Undergo an annual review of its financial stability, retention and placement rates; and
• Undergo announced and unannounced site visits.
Why is Accreditation Important?
Accreditation is important because it:
- Helps determine if a school meets or exceeds minimum standards of quality.
- Helps students determine acceptable schools for enrollment.
- Assist schools in determining acceptability of transfer credits.
- Helps colleges and universities determine the validity of programs of study and whether a high school graduate is acceptable. Colleges and universities often require evidence that high school graduates have received a degree from an accredited high school.
- Involves staff, faculty, students, graduates, and advisory boards in school evaluation and planning.
- Creates goals for school self-improvement.
You can find schools that are inexpensive and easy to join, but be very careful that your child is enrolled in a legitimate school. U.S., Canadian, and European universities will check to see if the high school from which your child graduates is a legitimate school that is fully accredited. Don't invest years of education and thousands of dollars in schools that don't matter and don't help your child in college acceptance.