What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a process by which an independent agency (accrediting commission) sets educational standards and a common protocol (a systematic process of school improvement) and through periodic evaluations, assures that member schools conform to them. A school wishing to become accredited, voluntarily agrees to adhere to these standards and protocols for improvement. This assures that the school is as it represents itself, that it is trustworthy and reaches high standards.
Demand for accreditation is now worldwide. It sets those schools deserving recognition apart from others. Accreditation helps schools and colleges trust in the education of other accredited schools and helps parents, students, and the public believe in these institutions. The standards guide policies for awarding credit, granting diplomas, and other educational procedures. (Commission…, 2006)
National High School offers a diploma accredited through two agencies. Commission on International and Trans-regional Accreditation (CITA) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).