I’m not going to bad mouth anyone or anything but consider this a public service announcement.
In order for state colleges in the state of Georgia to accept a high school diploma for regular admissions, said high school must be accredited by one of the six REGIONAL bodies or the Georgia Accrediting Commission. The closest regional accreditation for the State of Georgia is SACS, or the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools which is located right in the metro Atlanta area. However there is a new school in the area that has neither recognition but still insists that you too can be a happy graduate for only $99 bucks.
Midwest High School, (last I checked the city of Decatur, Georgia and Georgia for that matter were no where near the midwest of anything), touts on their website that they are indeed ‘fully’ accredited and they are – by the National Private School Accreditation Alliance, a body that is not acceptable by most institutions of higher learning. The school purports ” Becoming a Midwest High School graduate can introduce you to endless possibilities. Many of our graduates have excelled and furthered their opportunities by in career schools, colleges and universities across the nation. Scores of graduates have also expanded their career opportunities by having a high school diploma as opposed to a GED.”, (Midwest High School, http://www.midwesthighschool.org/), but according to a recent expose done by local CBSAtlanta news students are not happy. Cautious readers can only wonder why.
If you are going to take the alternate route, (not traditional high school or GED’s which are accepted), check accreditations. Know what and who your school is accredited by and which your college or secondary educational institutions will accept. Also keep in mind that some employers will glance over resumes containing schools that are deemed essentially worthless…such as the one in mention. But you didn’t hear that from me, take note of some of the links below.
Georgia Accrediting Commission – http://www.coe.uga.edu/gac/
Southern Association of Schools and Colleges - http://www.sacs.org/
Midwest High School – http://www.midwesthighschool.org/
The first story CBSAtlanta did on Midwest – http://www.cbsatlanta.com/news/23530822/detail.html
The second – http://www.cbsatlanta.com/news/23898146/detail.html
Midwest has a MySpace page! – http://www.myspace.com/462747976
Check out this page of contact for Midwest… – http://efaith.cc/mhs/interior/contactus.html
…that has a home page here – http://efaith.cc/ (Totally reputable, right?)