Is An Excel High School Diploma Accepted At All Colleges?

You want to earn your high school diploma online, but you also want to be sure you can use that diploma after you graduate. You’re not alone! At Excel High School one of the top questions we get is “Can I use this diploma to go to college?” And our answer is Yes! An Excel High School diploma can be used for work, military service, or attending a college or university. Here’s the breakdown of why.

What Is Accreditation?

Most colleges and universities want to be sure you’ve attended an accredited school. But what does that mean? 

Accreditation is a process that holds schools accountable for constantly improving and offering the best possible and highest quality education for their students. Respected accrediting agencies evaluate schools using research-based standards and basically give them ideas about how they can improve, and – if the school has done their work – they give the school their stamp of approval as well.

Excel’s Accreditation

Since Excel’s beginning, our goal has always been to provide a quality education that students can use. Because of that goal, we have sought out the best accreditation to ensure that our students can use their diplomas to pursue whatever dreams they have after graduation. That’s why we maintain our accreditation through Cognia. Cognia’s “stamp of approval” is recognized globally as one of the best regional accreditations a school can have. 

As part of our Cognia accreditation, EHS is approved by the North Central Association CASI, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools CASI, and the Northwest Accrediting Commission. If you’d like to see our profile on Cognia, you can look up Excel High School’s private school profile on the Cognia Accreditation Registry.

But Cognia isn’t the only agency we gotten the thumbs up from. The Middle States Association is a “worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement” that’s been around for 125 years! Excel maintains accreditation through MSA, too!

On top of those two major accrediting organizations, we are also recognized by some specific state agencies like the Minnesota Department of Education, the Virginia Council for Private Education, and the Texas Private School Accreditation Commisssion.

With recognition for our quality academics and students services, our students can rest assured that they will be able to use our diploma for college and beyond.

University of California Approval

Because of our stellar accreditation status, Excel has also been approved as an authorized course provider with the University of California a-g course program. University of California campuses require that incoming students earn a certain number of their approved credits to attend their post-secondary institutions. Because EHS has maintained quality academic standards, students who want to attend an U of C campus after high school can do so by taking some of our 70 a-g approved courses

Washington State Approval

Some states require special approval for online academics, and Excel has earned the seal of approval from the very selective state of Washington as well. For school districts and families in Washington state, that means EHS is a quality option on the short list for full-time enrollment or credit recovery/summer school courses.

College & Beyond

Excel is a great option for students around the country and the globe who want to be sure that their online graduation is useful to them in the future. We’re proud of the various accreditations, approvals, and recognition we have achieved. 

But if you’re still uncertain, you can check out a partial list of colleges who have and will continue to accept our regional accreditation. Just remember that this is only a partial list. Our accreditation opens the doors to so many colleges that it would be quite a task to assemble a full list. 

Excel High School

It can be scary selecting the right online program for you, and at the top of those fears is your ability to use your diploma to pursue your goals. EHS is an accredited and recognized school, and the diploma you earn can be used for college, work, and military service.

If you’re not already a student with Excel High School but would like to learn more, feel free to check out our programs on our website. Still got questions? Feel free to reach out to us by text at 952-465-3700 or call us at 800-620-3844. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you have and guide you to the best program for your individual needs.

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