Because Results Matter
"Six of one, half-a-dozen of another"—one of my
grandmother's favorite expressions. Is this an expression used in your family,
or is it new to you? If new, then I should probably explain what it means. It
means that two (or maybe more) things are essentially the same—and since they
are, making a choice between them doesn't really matter. I think that's how some
people look at long distance education options. They think the schools are
similar in that they all offer courses, some type of support and usually a
diploma. But there are differences. It is not a situation of six
of one, half-a-dozen of another!
Once a parent realizes that there are differences among the
long distance options, the big question arises, how does one go about
choosing a long distance educational program? Does the parent look at cost?
Probably. At the curriculum? Most definitely. But how about looking at
the results/success of the program? Aren't results and success an
appropriate gauge for judging just about anything, especially a school?
Keystone National High School
(for grades 6-12) would like you to look at their results:|
30 years of distance learning
experience and has educated over
students. Their programs serve students in all
states and 70
countries, from Georgia
to Alaska and from Belize to Thailand. Numbers—a quantitative result.
- Numbers. Keystone has over
Accreditation. Accreditation is the academic
world's way of ensuring high quality educational programs and services. It's a way to ensure results. Through the accreditation process,
institutions are recognized for meeting required quality standards in all
areas of their work: academic programs, teacher support, student services
Keystone National High School
is accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools. Besides
the NAAS accreditation, Keystone has core course approval by the National
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). If you'd like, you can go to
to review the List of Approved Core Courses. Just use Keystone's code:
Keystone also is licensed by the
State Board of Private Licensed
Schools, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
. This means that Keystone has met the requirements of the Private Licensed
Schools Act of Pennsylvania.
Accreditation—another quantitative and important result.
Additional Recognitions. In addition to accreditation
and licensure, Keystone has earned the Homeschool.com Seal of
Approval for 2007, the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
2007 Gold award for Best Practices for Distance Learning Teaching
Online, and the USDLA 2008 21st Century Best Practices in
Distance Learning Award. Keystone National High School is a member
of the Better Business Bureau. Again, results!
- SAT scores and college acceptance. For many high
school students, success/results are realized when they take their SATs and
when they are accepted into the college of their choice. Over the years
Keystone students' SAT scores
have consistently been above the national average. The list of top colleges,
universities, and military academies nationwide at which Keystone graduates
have been accepted includes Dartmouth, Duke, New York University, Notre
Dame, Rice, Stanford, Yale, and West Point. If you'd like, you can see the
list of top colleges and
at which Keystone graduates have been accepted.
These are quantitative results that really
impact your student favorably. These type of results may even change your
- Positive student feedback.
"I really thank Keystone National High School for my success.
Keystone's program gave me everything I needed to excel in college,
as well as the flexibility in high school to pursue my interests.
Without this head start academically, I doubt I would be in my
current situation. Keystone's staff is outstanding and I would
highly recommend Keystone to anyone who is looking for the freedom
to follow their dreams. Thanks, Keystone, for the foundation that my
dream is resting on!"— Keystone Student Michelle, New York
"One of the greatest advantages of enrolling in Keystone has been
the lesson in personal responsibility. I used to feel that bringing
home grades was for my parents. Now, I'm in charge of my schoolwork,
and I'm not doing it for them—it's for me"— Keystone Student
Kristin H., San Diego, CA
Student feedback--less quantitative than test
scores and acceptance rates—but true (and important) results none
When it comes to your child's education, the expression
"Six of one, half-a-dozen of another " does NOT apply. RESULTS DO.