What does Accreditation Mean?
As an accredited online school, Laurel Springs meets the highest standards of excellence and offers students and their families the peace of mind that comes with a premier private school experience.
Accreditation is an ongoing process of self-study, goal-setting, and evaluation. During the self-study phase of the accrediting process, the school compiles data about its programs from all members of its community, including students, parents, and teachers. The information from school stakeholders is collated in a self-study report. A visiting committee composed of peer educators visited Laurel Springs for the first time in 2012 and again in 2015 to evaluate all aspects of the program, and ensured that the school is meeting accreditation guidelines. The school’s ability to articulate and implement an educational mission that demonstrably benefits students is of foremost importance to accrediting committees.
Accreditation ensures that Laurel Springs online Upper School students receive reciprocity of credits, courses, and grade-level placements with schools and universities around the world. Our accredited status validates the equivalency of diplomas and certificates to other accredited schools and universities, and indicates that our curriculum and teachers are meeting state and U.S. standards.
Because Laurel Springs is an accredited online private school, our transcripts are recognized by colleges and universities worldwide. In addition to our accreditation, most Laurel Springs courses are also NCAA Division I and II and University of California a-g approved. Thus, most college-bound, NCAA, and transferring students receive credit for courses completed at Laurel Springs.
Our accrediting bodies are:
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)