Why is accreditation for an online high school important?

Citizens High School is a fully accredited high school.  CHS 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 accreditation 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 High School platform consistently delivers an educational experience that meets or exceeds the standards for any and all high schools nationwide.

Citizens High School Accreditation

Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools

Citizens High School is 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 accreditation of public and private secondary and elementary schools in the Mid-Atlantic United States. CHS is excited that our institution is deemed worthy of this prestigious honor.

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

Distance Education Accrediting Commission

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

In February 2022, CHS underwent a DEAC reaccreditation site visit. In June 2022, DEAC voted to place CHS on a Show Cause directive until January 2023. The issuance of a Show Cause directive is not an adverse action but an opportunity for CHS to provide DEAC with additional documentation to show that all standards are being met. During this period, CHS maintains accreditation.


The scope of this directive includes:

  • Standard I.B. Review and Publication of the Mission
  • Standard I.C. Information on Achievement of the Mission
  • Standard II.A. Institutional Effectiveness Planning
  • Standard III.B. Appropriate Program Outcomes
  • Standard III. E. Curricula Development and Delivery
  • Standard V.A. Student Achievement
  • Standard V.B. Student Satisfaction
  • Standard V.C. Performance Disclosures
  • Standard VI.C.1, Instructors, Faculty, and Staff
  • Standard VII. A. Advertising and Promotion
  • Standard VII.B. Institution and Course Accredited-Status
  • Standard VIII A. Admissions Disclosures
  • Standard VIII. D. Admissions Criteria
  • Standard VII. G. Enrollment Agreements
  • Standard IX.A Financial Disclosures:
  • Standard IX.B. Cancellations


For further reference: https://www.deac.org/UploadedDocuments/Public-Notices/Show-Cause/072222_sco_summary_chs.pdf


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

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Council for Higher Education Accreditation

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by 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

CHS 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 CHS in the alphabetical listing of Florida Department of Education Directory of Nonpublic Schools under Clay County District (school number 1345).

National Collegiate Athletic Association

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a member-led organization dedicated to the well-being and lifelong success of college athletes. CHS offers courses that are NCAA-Approved, preparing student athletes to perform their best, both on and off the field or court.