Career Online High School is a division of Smart Horizons Career Online Education, a private school district that has been granted District Accreditation from Cognia (formerly AdvancED).

Cognia is the national commission that confers the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), and the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) accreditation seals.

NCA CASI, SACS CASI, and NWAC comprise three of the six regionally recognized K-12 accrediting bodies and together have been accrediting institutions for 125 years.

This means that the Smart Horizons Career Online Education district and all of its schools are Cognia/SACS/NCA/NWAC accredited, and that Smart Horizons Career Online Education is recognized across the nation as a quality school system.

Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, professional learning, and improvement services to institutions and other education providers. As a global nonprofit working in over 80 countries, Cognia serves 36,000 institutions, nearly 25 million students, and five million educators every day.

Learn more about the accreditation process at

Why is accreditation important?

Accreditation is designed to help educational institutions raise their ongoing performance efforts for the benefit of their students. Accreditation is designed to enable students to:

  • Experience ease in transferring high school credits from one accredited school to another
  • Earn a diploma from an institution that is nationally recognized as being part of a quality school system
  • Gain greater access to federal loans, scholarships, post-secondary education and possibly some military programs, which require that students attended an accredited institution
  • Benefit from their institution or educational system’s commitment to raising student performance and accountability