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

Ensign Peak Academy applied for accreditation through AdvancEd, and has paid the first accreditation fee. It is typical for the process to take two years, for new schools.

AdvancEd describes their service as follows:

“The AdvancEd Protocol is a performance-based model that requires engagement and gathering of data. Using a set of rigorous research-based standards and evidence based criteria, AdvancED Performance Accreditation examines the whole institution – the policies, programs, practices, learning conditions and cultural context – to determine how well the parts work together to carry out the institution’s vision and meet the needs of every learner.

While our expertise is grounded in more than 100 years of experience, AdvancED Performance Accreditation is not about earning a label for a one-time evaluation. Rather, it recognizes those institutions that have sustained an exemplary commitment to continuous improvement and learner outcomes. ”

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

Progress Update: The AdvancEd 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 is now scheduled for October 22-24, 2019. Approval following the Engagement Review is the last step in the accreditation process. If approved, accreditation is applicable retroactive to the date of application, which was May 10, 2018.

Note that BYU only accepts high school or college work completed through an accredited institution. 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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