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Accredited Private Schools in the USA

Accreditation of private schools is important to some parents, especially in the United States. Bear in mind that accreditation is in fact a process with controversy and dispute of its overall validity. The following gives you our overview of the issue of accreditation of private schools. Or go directly to our list of private schools in the USA.

Accredited private schools in the USA

In the USA, The National Association of Private Schools is a body made up of educators and administrators from Christian and private schools who have set out criteria to recognize the educational quality of private and Christian schools in the United States. Also, numerous states are home to official bodies offering accreditation. For example The Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools (TAAPS) sets standards for schools to meet.

Christian schools in the USA can be accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). ACSI is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, with offices worldwide, providing accreditation to Christian private schools that adhere to certain standards and practices.

So what does accreditation mean?

An accredited private school has worked to meet and maintain standards of an accrediting body. However, in the case of career schools in the USA, some bodies are called 'accreditation mills.' These bogus organizations back schools that in fact offer specious credentials to students.

Unfortunately, the education regulation system in the United States (such as it is) also leaves itself open to abuse when it comes to private schools, whether or not that actually takes place with any frequency.

According to the USDE, it "does not have the authority to accredit private or public elementary or secondary schools." In addition, "the Department does not recognize accrediting bodies for the accreditation of private or public elementary and secondary schools."

On another hand, NAPS admits that "many of the finest schools in the country are not accredited, yet their students rank with those from the largest and best funded private and public school programs." In fact, NAPS only accredits private schools that deliberately seek accreditation.

Finally, Canada and many European countries education are more heavily regulated by government bodies than United States schools.

Accreditation is not as important as reputation

In the end, though, you should be most concerned with how well the school is otherwise recognized, whether the school’s courses are fully accepted by peer and higher-level institutions. Many schools listed with ourkids.net facilitate students’ entering the university of their choice. We urge you to consider the school’s overall reputation as the most important single factor as you search for a private school in Canada, the United States, or Europe. 

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Chamberlain International School (est. 1976)  

  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
Co-ed therapeutic boarding school in Massachusetts for students 11-22 years. Student support is offered for learning disabilities, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, NLD, ASD, attachment disorder, bipolar disorder and depression. [View profile]
  • Traditional
US $60,000 to US $160,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 60000

The Gow School (est. 1926)  

  • South Wales, New York(USA)
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (15 students)
  • Boarding school (135 students)
The Gow School is a special needs private school that offers programs for grades seven through 12 in South Wales, New York. [View profile]
  • Traditional
US $48,000 to US $68,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 48000

Randolph-Macon Academy (est. 1892)  

  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (312 students)
There is a power within you. The power to soar above self-imposed limitations, to create something new, to become a leader. Come explore Randolph-Macon Academy, and discover The Power of Rise. [View profile]
  • Traditional
US $14,350 to US $40,525


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Coed 14350

Buffalo Seminary (est. 1851)  

  • Buffalo, New York
  • 9 to 12 Girls
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
Independent day and boarding school for college-bound girls. Our STEAM curriculum is unique, and creative, independent thinking is valued. Located in Buffalo, NY, girls access the best of city living. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
US $21,900 to US $52,750


HighSchools Day Boarding Girls 21900

North Broward Preparatory School (est. 1957)  

  • Coconut Creek, Florida(USA)
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (1296 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
North Broward Preparatory School is a K-12 co-educational day and boarding school located in S. Florida located minutes from the beach with IB, AP, and LD classes set on 80 acres with year round hockey. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
US $24,200 to US $59,950


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 24200

Léman Manhattan Preparatory School (est. 2010)  

  • New York, New York(USA)
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (100 students)
  • Day school (800 students)
Léman Manhattan - the only boarding school in Manhattan, New York that delivers academic excellence that inspires your child for a lifetime. IB Diploma program and unique internship opportunities offered in the city. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
US $5,500 to US $93,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 5500

Montverde Academy (est. 1912)  

  • Montverde, Florida
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
Founded in 1912, Montverde Academy is an elite college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-K3 through post-graduate studies with a distinct student population from over 80 countries worldwide. [View profile]
  • Traditional
US $7,875 to US $51,350

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 7875

EYC Academy (est. 2018)  

  • Town and Country, Missouri
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • eSchool school (200 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
Alternative School for students 6-12th grade • One teacher, one student learning environment with integrated therapeutic services • Ongoing enrollment in full-time and dual enrollment ($10,500-$17,500) [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
US $15,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Day Coed 15000

A+ World Academy (est. 2015)  

  • World-wide travel
  • 11 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (62 students)
A+ World Academy is an international boarding school on a Ship. 62 students in grades 11-12 and gap year live and sail on the 90 year old Tall Ship, ‘Sørlandet’, while they take AP classes and travel the world. [View profile]
  • Traditional
EUR €62,900

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Boarding Coed 62900

Hampshire Country School (est. 1948)  

  • Rindge, New Hampshire(USA)
  • 3 to 12 Boys
  • Boarding school (25 students)
A friendly, active boarding school for bright boys who have good intentions but who may be too impulsive, intense, or bothersome for other schools and whose intellectual interests may separate them from their peers. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
US $61,500


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys 61500

Admiral Farragut Academy (est. 1933)  

  • St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (315 students)
Admiral Farragut Academy is located in beautiful, sunny, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. Farragut is a military style school offering unique classes such as Aviation, Scuba, and AP Capstone. [View profile]
  • Traditional
US $51,800


HighSchools Boarding Coed 51800

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