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How can I file a complaint against a non-accredited private school?


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kmhaley June 24, 2009


How can I file a complaint against a non-accredited private school?

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dhfl143 June 24, 2009


What is the complaint about? What corrective action are you seeking?

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healthy11 June 24, 2009


I'm not sure why people would send their children to a non-accredited school, but did the school have accreditation at one time, and lose it? If the school isn't accredited, then I'm not sure if the state Board of Education would be able to assist you. (Although they might still keep files, so if the school seeks state accredidation in the future, they'll know about past complaints.)
What is the "governing agency" for this school? If it's a religious institution, you might try contacting their church board...You could presumably tell local news media if something grievous has occurred, and the issues aren't being addressed.
You might also post your question in the "Educational Laws and Violations Group" at http://community.greatschools.net/groups/77570, as the leader of that group is quite knowledgeable.

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kmhaley June 24, 2009


I now regret sending my child to a non-accredited school. We felt it was the best option at the time. She went to the school from freshman year-march of junior year. Without too much detail, she got herself expelled from campus. The school board however decided to allow her to finish her junior year at home. I am not condoning her actions but the problem is the other student involved only got suspended for a week. The punishments were not consistent among the parties involved. I find it very curious that this student's mother works at the school. I feel my daughter was pushed out of the school because someone didn't want her there. She got blamed for everything that happened. The only governing agency is the school board. They are not held accountable to anyone and there in lies the problem! Another issue I have is a teacher at the school flat out refused to help with the subject he teaches because she criticized him. Who is the adult here? Sorry this is so wordy but this has been bothering me for awhile now and I'm not sure why or if it even should bother me.

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healthy11 June 24, 2009


I do understand your frustration over the situation. You're a mother who cares, and that's why it bothers you. You may not like whatever your daughter did, but you still love her.
(I have a teen son, and have been in your shoes. His private school was accredited, and fortunately they handled the situation he was involved in with a more "even handed approach," but I'm not sure what would have happened if the other student involved had been an employee's child.)
Is your daughter planning to complete her high school experience either through a public school, or via an online cyber program? I know some kids opt just for a GED, but if she has other options, I think it would be good to pursue a regular diploma first. I wish you the best.



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