Category Archives: Accreditation

Legitimate Online Schools – Accreditation

With all the fake online degree programs on the Internet, I thought it might be helpful to give you some tips on things to look for to know you are dealing with a legitimate online school.

First, you should only register with a school that has accreditation by a regionally recognized accreditor.  That way you can be assured you will receive an education from a quality school.  Many online schools will state that they are accredited when really they have just created their own accrediting program.  Although it is legal to not be accredited, falsely claiming accreditation is illegal and against Federal Trade Commission Regulations.  A school’s accreditation must be recognized by CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation) in order to claim and advertise accreditation.

Secondly, if the program looks too easy or talks about crediting “life experience” those are good signs that you are not receiving an education of real value.  It takes hard work and dedication to attain your education!

In addition, you should be able to contact the school administration directly.  You should be dealing with “real people” who care about your success and are available to help you. Many of these fake schools are located in Pakistan and don’t even speak your language!

These tips will help guide you in choosing a trustworthy and accredited online school like Franklin Virtual Schools.

Until next week….

The School Mom


The School Mom Discusses Online High School – GED Options

Hello, I am “The School Mom” and I have been invited to blog in the coming months for Franklin Virtual Schools.  I am a mom with two school-age children and understand how sometimes navigating the education options for them can be downright confusing.  Many of these options are not just for children, but also for adults who need to continue or complete their education. Over the coming months I will help bring more understanding to some of the available options like GED preparation, online high school, SAT/ACT test preparation, ASVAB test preparation, and homeschooling.

Because there are many myths and inaccurate information floating around the Internet about these options, each week I will be blogging in more detail on each topic to help guide you to the best choice for you or your children. In addition to understanding and choosing the right educational option, I will also be covering how to choose an accredited online school. 

I look forward to chatting with you next week, where I will be discussing the GED process.  Thanks for coming along with me!

SACS Accreditation


For more information, contact:
Janeen Scaringelli, Dean of Students

888 990-FVHS (3847)

Franklin Virtual Schools/Franklin Virtual High School Earns SACS CASI Accreditation

(Tallahassee, FL) – David Hooser, FVS Chief Administrative Officer, announced today that Franklin Virtual Schools/Franklin Virtual High School earned accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED. This action was taken at the AdvancED Accreditation Commission meeting held in Tempe, AZ on June 23rd, 2012.

SACS CASI provides nationally-recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet SACS CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school, and implement a continuous process of school improvement.

“Accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents, and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators,” stated Ms Scaringelli, Dean of Students.

SACS CASI accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assures parents that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.

Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, the parent organization of SACS CASI, stated, “SACS CASI Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”

Parents and interested community members can learn more about accreditation at


About AdvancED and SACS CASI
Dedicated to advancing excellence in education through accreditation, research, and professional services, AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, serving and engaging over 27,000 public and private schools and districts in 69 countries and serving nearly 16 million students. AdvancED is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).

SACS CASI is a non-governmental, voluntary agency that accredits nearly 13,000 public and non-public institutions throughout the world.

Council on Accreditation and School Improvement​2008
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools