In December 2002, the Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS) approved a policy that requires all public and private schools to be accredited in order to establish and maintain an “a-g” course list.

The University requires accreditation because this process (1) ensures effective quality control of college-preparatory work at high schools, and (2) offers the choice for schools to affiliate with an accrediting agency that assures quality and responsiveness to local needs.

Six regional agencies perform high school accreditation on behalf of prospective students and their high schools. UC does not approve or recommend specific regional accreditation agencies and nothing in UC policy or practice should be interpreted as limiting the accreditation of high schools to a single regional accrediting agency. This UC policy is consistent with relevant state law and with the goals of the BOARS committee.

New schools seeking accreditation may establish a provisional course list when they become a candidate for accreditation. The provisional list will become permanent once the school becomes fully accredited. A scheduled visit with a regional commission to determine initial accreditation does not qualify as a candidate for accreditation.

Students attending nonaccredited schools in California may qualify for admission to UC by examination or by exception.