SUSD’s Online Learning Program earns AdvancED accreditation

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Scottsdale Unified School District’s Scottsdale Online Learning program in April received its accreditation through AdvancED, a nonprofit school-accrediting agency.

AdvancED reported that SOL outperformed its peers nationally in all three domains rated: Teaching and Learning Impact, Leadership Capacity and Resource Utilization, and that six areas were rated as “powerful practices” that set the standard for other institutions to follow.

One of these areas was stakeholder and institution support.

“This directly reflects back to everyone at SUSD,” said Dr. Christopher D. Thuman, executive director of SUSD’s Community Education and Online Learning. “We have truly built our program together thoughtfully and strategically.”

The AdvancED accreditation process takes about one year of data collection and review. The accreditation lasts for five years before a required renewal process is necessary.

All SUSD high schools are currently accredited through AdvancED. SOL, which has been offered at SUSD for three years, is also a NCAA-accredited program, which allows participating students the eligibility necessary to play at the NCAA college level after exiting high school.

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