Accreditation, that age old question…


HomeLife Academy is a non-traditional PreK-12 private school serving homeschoolers in all 50 states and internationally.  We provide “legal covering” in four (4) states – Tennessee, Florida, Alabama and Colorado.  We are established in each of these states as an approved school by the state and provide our services as a private school throughout the U.S. and abroad.  Please click on the state links above for more information about our school.

As an established private school, HomeLife Academy is exempt from regional accreditation requirements; however, we maintain membership with the Association of Christian Schools International.  Our decision to remain members, rather than seeking full accreditation, is tied directly to our mission statement: “We believe that God gives every child unique and wonderful gifts to use for His glory and honor.  Our mission is to inspire and equip parents to help develop those gifts.” We, therefore, do not want to govern curriculum and education choices for our students.

We provide parents with the freedom to choose their own curriculum and coursework within the general structure and credit requirements we have established for graduation.  Every family establishes an individual education plan for each of their children, which is then reviewed and approved by our staff. As a homeschool program, HomeLife Academy does not offer any onsite campus-based courses.  The parent-teacher is directly responsible for the administration of the individualized education plan and coursework at home.

Due to the nature of our program, HomeLife Academy does not directly offer any sports or extracurricular activities.  Students and parent-teachers may participate in programs outside of HomeLife Academy and utilize HomeLife’s record-keeping services to document their participation.

What you must realize is that not all public schools are accredited.  Colleges and universities are often not looking for an accredited transcript but rather college entrance exam scores, portfolios, good interview skills and generally well-rounded students.  Trends implicate that post-secondary schools are beginning to get away from basing admission solely on accreditation and ACTs or SATs and looking at a more wholistic view of the students.  Generally, it is technical schools, private trade schools and government employment agencies that are looking for accreditation and usually, after sending them a letter explaining our program along with our school profile, they accept our transcripts and diplomas with no problem.  Below you will find both of these documents for your use:

 

HLA Letter of Explanation

HLA 2017 School Profile

 

From HSLDA’s website:  Do I need an “accredited” diploma? If so, how do I get one? Some colleges and employers look down on a homeschool diploma (they want it to be state-certified).
The quick answer is, “No.” However, there are certain schools and organizations that have received accreditation from an accrediting body and their diplomas are generally considered to be accredited. In order to obtain an accredited diploma, a student must complete graduation requirements from a school—whether it be correspondence or on campus—that is accredited by a recognized accrediting organization. Public high schools are not necessarily accredited. Therefore, the diplomas they issue would not be accredited either. However, colleges and universities generally recognize these public high school diplomas as if they were issued by accredited organizations.

 

 


It has been our great pleasure and honor to see HomeLife Academy graduates further their education through attendance at numerous institutions of higher education throughout the United States and abroad.  HomeLife Academy students have been accepted at colleges and universities such as Vanderbilt, M.I.T., West Point, U.S. Air Force Academy & The Citadel as well as many other state and private colleges and technical schools.

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