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Quick Comparison Chart (of Commonly Advertised Sites):

School Name

Accreditation*

DoE Registered

BBB Member

College Board CEEB

Acceptance**

Franklin Virtual 

SACS

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Adison 

FALSE

No

No

No

No

Jefferson 

NONE

Yes

Yes

No

No

Excel 

NCA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

John Adams 

FALSE

Yes

No

Yes

No

Lincoln Academy

FALSE

No

No

No

No

Must 

FALSE

No

No

No

No

Nation 

FALSE

No

No

No

No

Park City Independent

NWAC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

PennFoster 

DETC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Titan 

FALSE

No

No

No

No

Schools w/FORD

FALSE

No

No

No

No

Schools w/"CNDLP"

FALSE

No

No

No

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


* Only schools accredited by a Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA.org) recognized accreditation agency are considered valid. 

** Credentials issued by schools displaying fake or non CHEA.ORG accreditation are typically NOT accepted by colleges or employers.


*** These sites are owned/operated by a single entity/individual and provide little to no academic/career benefit to students. 

FORD Schools:  Belford, AlFord, McFord, PenFord, SanFord, WinFord, WoodField, McHill, Online GED Fast, Online GED Pro, Online GED Profs, Online GED Direct, Online GED Experience, and Online GED Quick (and their Online Diploma versions).

CNDLP Schools: Aberdeen, Aspen, Aspire, Capitol, Columbian Northern, Country, Dalloway, Edison, Glacier, Kennedy, Heritage West, Liberty, Lincoln, Mayflower, Metro, Stafford, West Madison Falls, Ged.net.


Chart updated in September 2012



A Trusted School Demonstrates the Following Characteristics:

Accreditation – This is absolutely the gold stanard for measuring the validity of any school.  By only accepting a school that is accredited by a real and recognized regional accreditor (see map here), can one be assured that they will recieve a program from a quality school.  Although a national accreditation agency may be recognized by CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation), not all colleges and employers will accept a school unless it is accredited by a regional accreditor listed on the map provided. 

Truth in Advertising – Many alternative schools state they are accredited when in fact they control, own or have created their OWN accrediting agency. Some schools simply pay a nominal fee to a non-recognized organization and then claim accreditation.  Although it is perfectly legal to not be accredited, falsely claiming accreditation or using fake accreditation is illegal and against Federal Trade Commission regulations (a school must be accredited by an agency recognized by CHEA.org to legally claim and advertise accreditation).

School Administration – Where is your school located, who are the individuals that own or manage it and can you contact them directly? If you do not know these answers then “Buyer Beware” because likely, you are not attending a real school.

Contacting School Support – As noted above, many of those 'schools' are owned by the same entity based in Pakistan.  Know your school, trust it, and recieve the support you need.  Real student service involves real people that care about your success, let alone speak your language. Real is Real, so do not spend your money or your time on a program that will not invest the same in you.

Academic Content and Measurement Criteria – What is the basis of the program you will have to complete? Is it TOO easy to pass their program, or is it based solely on life experience? These are two good signs that a school’s main focus is getting your money and not providing you an education of any real value.  If it seems too good or too easy, it is, period!  An education is not given away freely; you must earn your alumni status.


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