Accrediting agencies ensure that school operations and academic practices meet acceptable levels of quality.

Ensign Peak Academy applied for accreditation through Cognia (formerly AdvancEd) and has paid the accreditation application fee, the Readiness Diagnostic fee, and the Engagement Review fee. It is typical for the process to take two years, for new schools.

Cognia describes their service as follows:

“Education leaders work with Cognia to set priorities, identify resources, and track progress of improvement efforts for their institutions.”

“Schools of all types and sizes from across the globe work with Cognia for accreditation and STEM certification. Cognia addresses the unique requirements for public and private schools and systems, STEM schools, education corporations, and early learning, post-secondary, special purpose, and digital learning institutions.”

Ensign Peak Academy is not accredited at this time, but is actively pursuing this status. The accreditation decision is at the sole discretion of Cognia, and no guarantee is offered.

Progress Update: The Application was acknowledged as received on May 10, 2018.

Progress Update: The Readiness Diagnostic was submitted on Feb 20, 2019.

Progress Update: The Readiness Review was conducted on April 16, 2019.

Progress Update: The Global Commission approved candidate status unanimously on June 19, 2019.

Progress Update: The Engagement Review took place October 22-24, 2019. Approval following the Engagement Review is the last step in the accreditation process. We were well prepared and the review was thorough and professional. If approved, accreditation is applicable retroactive to the date of application, which was May 10, 2018. We won’t know the decision for approximately 3 months, since it is quite a process for the report to be compiled by the review team (30 business days) then for several committees and individuals to review the report and make a decision.

Note that BYU only accepts high school or college work completed through an accredited institution. Cognia (formerly AdvancEd) is one of the accrediting agencies accepted by BYU. See:

Note also that most colleges and universities, including BYU, accept homeschooled students who do not have an accredited transcript or diploma, based on other criteria.

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