OLIVET IS NOT ACCREDITED
Please be sure and read to the end of this page in order to see how all this affects you, the homeschooler enrolled in Olivet.
Definition of Accreditation
Educational accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which services and operations of educational institutions or programs are evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met. If standards are met, accredited status is granted by the agency.
In most countries in the world, the function of educational accreditation is conducted by a government organization, such as a ministry of education. In the United States, however, a quality assurance process exists that is independent of government and performed by private membership associations. The U.S. accreditation process developed in the late 19th century and early 20th century after educational institutions perceived a need for improved coordination and articulation between secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, along with standardization of requirements between the two levels.
The Florida Department of Education does not accredit, regulate, approve, or license K-12 private schools. Additionally, the Florida Department of Education does not officially recognize any of the various agencies that accredit private schools.
Section 1002.42, Florida Statutes, requires K-12 private schools to register with the department by completing an annual survey each year and explicitly provides that submitting annual survey data and being listed in the directory of private schools should not be used by any private school to imply approval or accreditation by the state.
There are many organizations with widely variant quality standards and program requirements that accredit private schools. Requests for information about the accreditation of a specific school should be directed to the school staff or its designated accrediting agency. The acceptance of diplomas from private schools will be subject to the requirements of the receiving educational institution or employer.
Research on Accrediting Agencies Accepted by Florida State Universities
Six Florida universities were contacted and asked what accrediting agencies were accepted in order to have the transcripts considered accredited. The six universities were University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, Florida Atlantic University, University of South Florida, and University of North Florida.
Per the supervisor spoken to at each university, four universities accepted only one accrediting agency, SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools): University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, and Florida Atlantic University.
The University of South Florida currently accepts all accrediting agencies; however, it was emphasized that they were moving towards only SACS being accepted in the future.
University of North Florida accepts all accrediting agencies.
What This Means to You
Since Olivet is not accredited, it is important to note that Olivet graduates diplomas have been accepted without additional requirements to state universities and private colleges throughout the United Stated since the early 1980’s. Their list of awarded scholarships over the years is very impressive. These were achieved based on their abilities, not on whether Olivet was accredited or not.
Non-traditional schools, known also as 617 schools, are not eligible to be accredited by SACS. Their requirements conflict with the type of schooling that we are participating in. There are accrediting agencies that will accredit 617 schools. However, with their limited viability with the state universities, Olivet has chosen to not burden its members with the additional expense (at a minimum, tuition would double) as well as the additional requirements that would be necessary for appropriate oversight. Again, our graduates are accomplishing their goals without it.
A high school diploma from an accredited school is only considered stronger than Olivet's diploma (or any nonaccredited diploma) if the college desired by the student accepts the accrediting agency. Otherwise, there is no difference in the diplomas. The majority of universities are very particular regarding what accrediting agencies they accept. You are strongly encouraged to contact the college/colleges that your child is interested in attending to see what accrediting agencies they accept for a diploma to be considered accredited.
The majority of our graduates stay local until they receive their associate of arts degree from Indian River State College. At that point, many of them transfer to universities around the state, as well as elsewhere in the United States. Indian River State College does not require an accredited high school diploma for enrollment. Indian River State College is accredited, so their AA diploma is accepted as an accredited diploma at all state colleges and universities.
Olivet is overseen not by one person but by ten members serving on Olivet’s School Board. Their homeschooling experience ranges from two to eighteen years. Administratively, their experience ranges from brand new to seventeen years. Communication is open and whereas each member has their area of responsibility, there is continual cross-training occurring through meetings and conversations. Regardless of knowledgeable members retiring, the knowledge remains. All board members are committed to the welfare of our students currently, as well as further down the pike when they are set to graduate.
Olivet Graduates Accomplishments
Diploma and transcripts accepted without other testing or documents required (These are only colleges that we know about!)
Arizona State University
College of the Ozarks
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Atlantic University Honors College
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Southern College
Florida State University
Indian River State College
Moody Bible Institute
Nova Southeastern University
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Pensacola Christian College
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
University of Central Florida
University of Florida
University of Hawaii
University of Miami
University of North Florida
University of South Florida
University of West Florida
Warner Southern College
These are just the ones we know about, and it does not include the multiple ones from the colleges listed above that were offered to our students.
Adam M. Sample Trust
Big Heart Brigade of the Treasure Coast
Bright Futures Medallion
Bright Futures Academic
FAU Honors College Scholarship
Florida Junior Academy of Science
Indian River State College Academic
National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium
What Parents Should Do
Over the past two decades, homeschooling statistics have proven to all colleges and universities that homeschoolers are very competitive academically. Studies have shown that well-trained homeschool graduates rate high in self-motivation and academic discipline. Note the key word “well-trained”; this is critical in accomplishing the parental task of “preparing your child for the adult world”. Stay educated on homeschooling through conferences and the vast array of literature available regarding it, invest in curriculum that will challenge and teach them appropriately, look ahead in your planning so that they will be prepared appropriately for the end of high school goal, surround yourself with like-minded individuals so that you may glean from each other, and invest your time and money in an entity that will support your standards.
To the best of our ability, Olivet strives to support Christian homeschoolers in their homeschooling journey. We count it the greatest of privileges to serve the homeschooling community.