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Distance Education Accrediting CommissionCitizens' High School has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC formally known as DETC) for more than 30 years, since January 1984.  The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

Accreditation is the review of the quality of education offered by an institution or program. In the United States, accreditation is the primary way the public, families, students, and government officials know that a school provides a quality education.  Legitimate, DoE-recognized accreditors, including the DEAC Accrediting Commission, are private, non-governmental organizations, created for the purpose of establishing standards of accreditation and reviewing institutions and programs against those standards.

During the accreditation process, institutions have demonstrated, through comprehensive self-study processes and evaluations by their peers, that they meet established academic standards and perform the functions required by the accrediting organization. Accreditors also verify that an institution has set educational goals for its students and that its programs allow students to attain those goals.

Through this process, Citizens’ High School has received accreditation from the DEAC Accrediting Commission. This designation is meant to serve as a "seal of approval" bestowed by an independent organization listed as a recognized accreditor by the DoE, and representing the public interest.  As such, accreditation reassures students and fosters trust in potential students, giving them more confidence in accredited institutions than in those which are not accredited.

Upon accreditation, and every five years, the Accrediting Commission of the DEAC ensures an institution has:

  • An approved program of study
  • Qualified teachers and academic support services
  • Learning and research resources
  • Administrative capacity
  • Ethical business practices
  • Acceptable admissions standards, and
  • The financial capacity to operate on a sound financial basis

In addition, Citizens' is registered as a private high school in Florida, and is in compliance with Florida Statutes requiring the yearly completion of the Florida Department of Education's Nonpublic School Annual Survey.  Citizens' is shown as part of the alphabetical listing in the Florida Department of Education Directory of Nonpublic Schools, under District: Clay County, as school number 1345.

If verification of our accreditation is required, please consult the DEAC website.

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