Accreditation and Approvals
National University Virtual High School (NUVHS) is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Schools through 2013. Since beginning the accreditation process in 2004, the NUVHS team completed a self-study to demonstrate the school's compliance with the WASC criteria, as well as to show evidence of a focus on student achievement and continuous improvement.
The school welcomed a WASC visiting committee for its accreditation review on March 11-13, 2007. The NUVHS self-study and resulting action plan were evaluated by the WASC Accrediting Commission for Schools and accreditation was awarded for a six year term with a midterm review on May 8, 2007.
NUVHS again welcomed a WASC visiting committee in November of 2009 for its midterm review. Accreditation was reaffirmed through 2013.
Click here to view the school's accreditation status as posted on the WASC Accrediting Commission for Schools website. The original letter approving NUVHS as a WASC accredited school, as well as the letter reaffirming accreditation, are available as links on this page as well.
NUVHS is also accredited by AdvancEd through June 2012. AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, serving more than 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 69 countries that educate over 15 million students. They believe that students must be prepared to succeed in a constantly-evolving and diverse world and that educational institutions have a deep responsibility to deliver quality education to students from all walks of life. Click here to view the school’s accreditation status as posted on the AdvancEd website.
Committed to the provision of quality programs for students, the NUVHS team is proud to be affiliated with both the WASC and AdvancEd organizations.
In addition to completing rigorous accreditation processes, NUVHS has also sought external validation from the College Board, the University of California (UC) system and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic (NAIA).
All Advanced Placement courses have been approved by the College Board as meeting the demanding academic standards required of AP level coursework. Through AP's college-level courses and exams, students can earn college credit while meeting high school requirements, be more competitive in the college admission process, and learn from very skilled and dedicated teachers. For more information on AP courses please visit the College Board website here.
As an online high school NUVHS completed a two-step process for UC approval of “a-g” coursework. The school was first approved as an online course provider in 2008, allowing part time students to complete coursework with NUVHS and transfer courses to their primary high schools in order to meet “a-g” requirements. The second step involved submitting each individual course for approval. NUVHS has received “a-g” approval for 39 semester courses and has re-submitted coursework each year for additional approvals. Meeting “a-g” requirements ensures that students are academically prepared for college level coursework and have a strong foundation across all subject areas.
NUVHS received approval for all core courses from the NCAA in early 2009, allowing student athletes to meet initial eligibility requirements for participation in college athletics. The NCAA develops rules and policies to ensure the academic commitment of student-athletes and to increase the likelihood that they will earn degrees. Presidential bodies in each division approve academic standards that determine initial eligibility for student-athletes and ensure adequate progress toward degree completion.