Why is accreditation important?

Because the Citizens Online High School experience is designed to provide a full high school diploma, and not an equivalency or certificate, we hold ourselves and our curriculum to the absolute highest standards in terms of content, structure, and educational benchmarks.

One of the ways in which we ensure this through earning and maintaining accreditation with top governing and advisory organizations within the education sector. We regularly pursue and renew these accreditations to stay up-to-date with the latest standards and expectations for strong academic quality. We also make it a point to hold accreditations that apply to online, distance, and traditional high school models so that the Citizens Online High School platform consistently delivers an educational experience that meets or exceeds the standards for any and all high schools nationwide.

Regional & National Accreditation

Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools

Citizens Online High School is Regionally Accredited through the Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSACESS).

Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSACESS) is a voluntary, peer-based, non-profit association that performs peer evaluation and regional accreditation of public and private secondary and elementary schools in the Mid-Atlantic United States. COHS is excited that our institution is deemed worthy of this prestigious honor.

If seeking verification of our accreditation, please visit the MSACESS Website

The Importance of Accreditation

Distance Education Accrediting Commission

Citizens Online High School has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) for nearly 40 years. DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

The Accrediting Commission of DEAC ensures an institution meets the following criteria every five years:

  • An approved program of study
  • Qualified teachers and academic support services
  • Learning and research resources
  • Appropriate administrative capacities
  • Ethical business practices
  • Acceptable admissions standards
  • The capacity to operate on a sound financial basis

If seeking verification of our accreditation, please visit the DEAC WebsiteStudent Achievement Disclosure for the Public

Council for Higher Education Accreditation

DEAC is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA is a private, nonprofit national organization that coordinates accreditation activity in the United States. It carries forward a long tradition that the recognition of accrediting organizations should be a key strategy to ensure quality,
accountability, and improvement in higher education.

Florida Department Of Education

COHS is registered as a private high school in Florida and operates in compliance with Florida Statutes requiring the yearly completion of the Florida Department of Education’s Nonpublic School Annual Survey. You can find COHS in the alphabetical listing of Florida Department of Education Directory of Nonpublic Schools under Clay County District (school number 1345).

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