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-three 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.

Progress Update: We received the Engagement Review Report on December 18, 2019. It indicated that we passed most of the accreditation criteria but need to improve in the following four areas before accreditation can be granted:

  1. Improvement to our overall strategy for quality curriculum standards
  2. Improved technology plan
  3. Plan for using data as part of a continuous improvement plan for student academic progress
  4. Plan for using data as part of a continuous improvement plan for adherence to our mission, and as a faith-based school.

Progress Update: We met with a Cognia regional director on January 6, 2020 to review a report that we submitted, detailing a significantly improved overall strategy for quality curriculum standards. This was accepted. We discussed best practices for developing an improved technology plan.

Progress Update: Ensign Peak Academy Director Diann Jeppson attended a Cognia training for school leaders, on January 28, 2020. It focused on using data for continuous improvement.

General Information about Accreditation:

Note that BYU only accepts high school or college transcripts 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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