Why School Accreditation Is Important

Why School Accreditation is Important - MUSE Virtual School

When choosing an online school for your child, many factors must be taken into consideration. From academics and curriculum to after-school programs and activities to teachers and staff, there are plenty of aspects of an education that can impact your child’s experience. Not to mention the fact that these can greatly shape your child’s preparedness for the future. But one of the most important factors is school accreditation.

Not every online school is accredited, so it’s important to know what to look for and how it can affect your child’s future education decisions. It may not seem like a priority, but trust us when we say it sure is! Whether your child has yet to enter elementary school or is already looking at colleges and universities, accreditation matters.

Read on to learn more about accreditation, why it matters, and how it shapes MUSE Virtual’s education experience.

What is accreditation?

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, accreditation means that a school is meeting certain criteria and has gone through a process to prove it’s meeting predetermined standards. This also means that the school has been evaluated to see if the teachers and school meet the qualifications. Generally, accreditation ensures that certain academic standards are being met.

There are six widely recognized accreditation agencies in the United States:

  • Middle States Association
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Northwest Accreditation Commission
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges

These agencies can go through the process to help a school gain accreditation.

How does a school become accredited?

Accreditation is an ongoing process. Just because a school receives accreditation does not mean they’re done! Each year, a cycle of self-study, setting school improvement goals, and onsite reviews takes place. The self-study or self-assessment piece ensures that the school continues to assess curriculum to understand how it impacts student growth and development. From there, goals are set to help the school act on areas that need improvement. The school will continue to act on these goals while monitoring student progress.

On the whole, the process takes anywhere from three to six years to complete, at which point it begins again. The process is never stagnant, but is ever-evolving. In this regard, it’s reflective of our desire to constantly evolve into the best school and support system we can be for our students.

Is MUSE Virtual accredited?

MUSE Virtual is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. That means each year, MUSE undergoes a rigorous self-evaluation and peer review process. The focus is always on student outcomes, ensuring that our students receive everything they need to go out into the world and excel in anything they choose.

Our accreditation shapes everything our students do, and especially our Five Pillars. From passion-based learning to sustainability and everything in between, our students are able to learn and achieve more thanks in part to our WASC accreditation. It’s easy to set goals and assess our progress when we’re constantly innovating educational experiences for our students, because as we continue to progress as a school, our students reap the benefits. That’s why the self-assessment and goal setting pieces of the accreditation process are pivotal.

 Why does accreditation matter?

First, it means that students will be held to a higher standard academically. Accredited schools set benchmarks for students to meet, ensuring that they’ll receive a high-quality education. It also means that if your child transfers to another online school, the credits have a higher likelihood of being accepted by their new institution.

When it comes time for your child to think about colleges, having a high school diploma from an accredited school will eliminate the need to take an equivalency exam. It’s difficult to determine how credits from unaccredited schools measure up, which is why colleges may not accept a diploma from such a school. Choosing an accredited institution will provide a more solid foundation for anything your child may choose to pursue in the future, and with less of a chance that there will be technical difficulties delaying their progress.

Consider MUSE Virtual for your child’s accredited education

At MUSE Virtual, we pride ourselves on creating an environment where every student matters and every student thrives. Our accreditation fuels our desire to continue seeking the best resources and standards for our students and community members. Plus, it allows us to make learning more fun and accessible!

If you’re curious to learn more about how accreditation impacts MUSE Virtual as a private virtual school, visit the Academic Excellence page on our website.

If you have any questions about the MUSE Virtual admissions policies and procedures, we encourage you to schedule a call with Alexandra Pesko our Director of Admissions.

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