What is accreditation?
Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains standards requisite for its graduates to gain admission to other reputable institutions or to achieve credentials for professional practice.
The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions meets acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation in the United States involves non-governmental entities as well as governmental agencies. Accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met. Institutions and/or programs that request an agency's evaluation and that meet an agency's criteria are then considered accredited by that agency.
What are accrediting agencies?
Accrediting agencies are organizations (or bodies) that establish operating standards for educational or professional institutions and programs, determine the extent to which the standards are met, and publicly announce their findings.
What is the role of the U.S. Department of Education?
The U.S. Department of Education does not accredit educational institutions and/or programs. However, the Secretary of Education is required by law to publish a list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies that the Secretary determines to be reliable authorities as to the quality of education or training provided by institutions and programs they accredit.
Unaccredited institutions are not reviewed against a set of standards to determine the quality of their education and training. However, this does not necessarily mean that an unaccredited institution is of poor quality. Some employers, institutions, and licensing boards only recognize diplomas earned from institutions accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. With this in mind, it is recommended that students check with other institutions regarding the transfer of credit policy to determine if that institution would accept the diploma and/or credits earned from any institution they plan to enroll in.
Because Lincoln Academy is a home school program and offers a non-traditional, accelerated route to high school graduation, we are not eligible for accreditation from one of the six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the US Department of Education. Fortunately, even though we are not regionally accredited, most colleges and employers across the nation recognize completion of our program as being sufficient for admission and employment and that is why we are able to offer our 100% student satisfaction guarantee.
Why choose us
We are dedicated to seeing you succeed in education and we are willing to help you achieve your goals. We work with our students on a level that is just right for each student. We are here to help you achieve your goals and get you to the next step in your life. We can do this by offering you a high school diploma program that is online which makes it convenient and affordable for everyone.
We provide a permanent verification service to all students who graduate from our high school diploma online program. Graduates can use this service throughout their lifetime as many times as as they may need. These services enable the potential employer to speak directly with our school to confirm a particular individual graduated with their high school diploma.