What's the big deal about school accreditation?

Nothing--unless your student wants to go to college or another school!

Sycamore Academy was established in 1981. For about the first 20 years, our students freely entered other schools, colleges and universities, receiving full credit for classes done here. That began to change around 2001 with the advent of so many charter schools and unaccredited home school programs. Now many schools, colleges, and universities are asking for accredited transcripts before they will grant class credit. For that reason, Sycamore Academy is now accredited by NWAC (Northwest Accreditation Commission). This is one of the six regional accrediting organizations in the United States. The others are WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), MSACS (Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools), NEASC (New England Association of Schools and colleges), NWAC, and SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). Any school accredited by one of these agencies is obligated to accept credits from any of the other member schools. They are also recognized by the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. and the Council for Higher Education.

The accreditation process is arduous and requires reams of documentation and self-study plus an on-site visit. In order to serve you better, Sycamore Academy has earned accreditation from Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC).

Congratulations on your excellent choice of Sycamore Academy for your student.

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