FACT: Accreditation is an incredibly important facet of a student’s education. When a school is accredited, it means the academic programs have been vetted for quality, rigorousness and adherence to certain educational standards.
School accreditation is the accountability system for Virginia’s public schools. Ratings are issued annually by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Schools that are accredited for three consecutive years are granted a waiver and are only reviewed every three years. The purpose of accreditation, according to the VDOE, is to ensure that an effective educational program is established and maintained in all of Virginia’s public schools for all students.