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    You want a school that is RA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by President View Post
    I've never heard of any of their three "accreditors."
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    I'm always suspicious when a company touts BBB membership as a indication of quality.

    Remember that president lives in Pakistan and based on his previous messages I believe his obtaining a good GED is a good start (aobtaing a bunch of GCEs might provide better recognition where he lives and in the UK).
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    They are recognized by the state of Florida, I found them on the state website with the correct info. Most schools are RA but not all. Some real school districts are just state approved. In truth how many colleges even check to see if a high school is accredited? The other thing is they do not have to be. You would probably be ok with this school. They are accredited by what appears to be a real agency. I’m not a 100% on the agency they have.
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    There are plenty of alternative delivery and distance-based high school programs that are regionally accredited. No reason whatsoever to go with a school with fake or off brand or second tier accreditors when you can find ones that offer the real thing.

    But there are reasons NOT to go with schools like this: Some colleges will not accept transcripts from unaccredited (or non-RA) schools. Some work situations may not accept an unaccredited high school degree.

    Go with a legitimate school. Then you'll never have to worry.

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    Thanks, everybody.

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    No reason whatsoever to go with a school with fake or off brand or second tier accreditors when you can find ones that offer the real thing.
    I was interested in it because the exams can be taken online and it's a shorter course than the others I've seen. I just want a certificate universities will accept, not years of studying things I don't care about. I'll be looking elsewhere.

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    Hi

    Interesting that Excel says of its BBB "accreditation" that the BBB is alert for diploma-mill scams (so if you see the BBB sign, that makes the school good, etc.)

    More than once, I've seen an out-and-out degree mill tout its BBB membership as (academic) "accreditation," something it decidedly isn't. A couple of Pacific-area "beauties" even passed off their !S0 9001 standing as "accreditation."

    That raises the question - what are the International Quality Standards for degree mills and who does the assessment? :)

    Excel also sports a USDLA logo. I've seen the USDLA sign on any number of gorky, dubious schools, some of the worst claiming it as accreditation. USDLA was never an accreditor. Its subsidiary DLAB was, but never CHEA-recognized as such. USDLA does offer membership and also "certification." One school that obtained this "certification" was Clayton College of Natural Health - but it did Clayton little good. This uh...college was recently closed. It was not able to obtain mainstream accreditation, as required by the State of Alabama for license renewal.

    One school you might want to look at is Penn Foster Career School | Self-Paced, Distance Education Programs . Their High School program is RA (their college degrees are NA) and their parent corp. has been doing DL since the 1890s. And no - I have no affiliation with the school. They pay me not! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by President View Post
    Thanks, everybody.

    I was interested in it because the exams can be taken online and it's a shorter course than the others I've seen. I just want a certificate universities will accept, not years of studying things I don't care about. I'll be looking elsewhere.
    I think you're going to have a hard time finding an accredited school that will allow you to take exams online. Difficult to proctor that way, unless you go to a Prometric or Sylvan testing center or something.

    California has a high school exam program that, if you pass, gets you an actual high school diploma rather than a GED... but if you're just using ot to go to school, why not just a GED?

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    One thing everyone needs to understand is not all school districts are accredited. Many are not, the district my wife went to growing up is only state recognized/approved, it still is unaccredited, she went to a good school for nursing . In a three county area surrounding my home there are four districts that are not accredited. It is better to have RA accreditation but Excel has state and that is all that is needed.
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    Check some districts around your home...

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    My high school is accredited but interestingly enough none of the schools (except Sylvan Learning Center) in Alaska are accredited, it doesn't make sense.
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    Crazy right, before I looked into it I thought most schools were, turns out most are not. One of the local school districts that is unaccredited has a advanced high school, it is ranked as one of the best by test scores and it is unaccredited. A lot of their students move onto Ivey’s and other top tier schools, every year the local paper runs an article about where their seniors are going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b4cz28 View Post
    Crazy right, before I looked into it I thought most schools were, turns out most are not. One of the local school districts that is unaccredited has a advanced high school, it is ranked as one of the best by test scores and it is unaccredited. A lot of their students move onto Ivey’s and other top tier schools, every year the local paper runs an article about where their seniors are going.
    I don't know if it matters. I never thought that a public ran school would have to be (of course in higher learning) but if employers don't care, colleges don't care, and the military doesn't care why does it matter?
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    Didn't we just recently have somebody posting saying their kid or somebody went to an online unaccredited school and got rejected from college because they would only accept an accredited high school diploma?

    (BTW, interesting info on local school systems. I just assumed, since every school I've ever run into is accredited by a regional, that any public school would be... but I guess I could see strapped school systems not having the resources to apply for and maintain accreditation or something.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
    Didn't we just recently have somebody posting saying their kid or somebody went to an online unaccredited school and got rejected from college because they would only accept an accredited high school diploma?

    (BTW, interesting info on local school systems. I just assumed, since every school I've ever run into is accredited by a regional, that any public school would be... but I guess I could see strapped school systems not having the resources to apply for and maintain accreditation or something.)
    I could see this happening with a known online school with a popular name. But I don't see how this could possibly come up with a public high school.
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