WAY and WAY Academy are both nationally accredited by Cognia (formerly AdvancEd). This accreditation means that we have met the high standards required by Cognia.

This ensures our graduates can benefit from graduating at an accredited high school. Our course credits transfer to other schools and our diploma is accepted by universities across the nation.

Cognia Accreditation

WAY is nationally accredited by Cognia (formerly AdvancEd). Cognia is the world leader in providing improvement and accreditation services to education providers of all types in their pursuit of excellence in serving students.

Cognia serves as a trusted partner to more than 32,000 schools and school systems. The North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) are accreditation divisions of Cognia. This accreditation demonstrates our dedication to continuous improvement in all that we do.

Cognia accommodates various levels of partnership with public, K-12 State Education Agencies (SEAs) as well as non-public institutions such as faith-based, independent and/or specialized continuous improvement organizations. As a global organization committed to providing cost effective and sustainable tools and services to continuously elevate the quality of K-12 education, Cognia values the contributions of their partners in expanding the knowledge and outreach of a collaborative network.

2017 Cognia Review Excerpts

The [Cognia] team found numerous aspects of best practices in the observed classroom. It was evident that teachers built strong relationship with their students and the lessons were truly student-centered.
In the course of [Cognia] interviews with mentors, team leaders, experts, students, and parents, is clear that WAY staff knows students well and advocates for their learning and growth.
During [Cognia] interviews, parents and other stakeholders shared that they have overwhelming pride in the school and that "students are learning based on their own interest in such a wonderful, supportive setting."
WAY has an outstanding teaching staff across the state of Michigan, in Georgia and in Brazil.
[WAY] learning supports for students and families go "above and beyond" to provide for foundational needs of students that result in readiness and ability to learn.