Your Assurance of a Quality Education
The Keystone School is accredited by Cognia, and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools' Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS).
Cognia and Middle States accreditation includes all programs at The Keystone School including, Keystone's elementary, middle school, high school, credit recovery, and Adult HS Diploma programs.
Keystone's courses and diploma are widely accepted by schools, colleges, and employers across the country.
Cognia is a global network of enthusiastic educators to help strengthen schools. Their holistic approach to continuous improvement encompasses accreditation and certification, assessment, professional learning, and customized improvement services. Cognia wants all students to have the opportunities that knowledge brings. Accreditation is the launchpad for school improvement. Based on rigorous research-based standards and evidence-based criteria, the process probes the whole institution—from policies to learning conditions and cultural context—to determine how well the parts work together to meet the needs of every learner. Accreditation isn’t about passing a one-time inspection—it helps education providers meet improvement goals and sustain commitments to better learner outcomes.
The Middle States Association is a worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement. For over 125 years, Middle States has been helping school leaders establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development and advance student achievement. The Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools, building on the rich history of the Middle States Association, aspire to improve the quality of education in the United States and around the world by assisting schools to achieve excellence through the process of accreditation, by affirming to the public a member school’s trustworthiness and commitment to continuous improvement, by providing the network and resources for the promotion of proven practices.
What is accreditation?
Accreditation is the academic world’s way of ensuring quality educational programs. It is awarded to academic institutions meeting specific criteria for high-quality academic programs, teacher support, and student services.
How do schools become accredited?
Each accreditation process is detailed and rigorous. It is conducted by a team of teachers and administrators from other institutions, who review and assess school programs and services, from the academics to the faculty. Before the accrediting organization’s live visit, the school must undertake an extensive self-assessment that probes every aspect of the school’s day to day operations.
How is accreditation maintained?
Accredited schools are re-examined on a regular basis to ensure that they are not only preserving the high quality that earned them accreditation in the first place, but are making every effort to continuously improve the quality of their educational programs and services.
In addition, The Keystone School is currently an approved provider through the Virginia Council of Private Education.
Keystone coursework currently cannot be used for NCAA athletic eligibility. We recommend that prospective student athletes who are looking to participate in intercollegiate athletics in the future consider enrolling in the K12 Private Academy. For more information, please visit https://www.k12privateacademy.com/.
If you have additional questions about our accreditations or our accredited programs, please contact us for more information.
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