Formerly called Northwest Association of Accredited Schools, the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) is an organization based in Boise, Idaho, which accredits educational institutions at various levels across seven states of the Northwestern United States. NWAC is a division of AdvancEDand its range of accreditation services cover: K-12, elementary, middle, & high schools; schools offering distance education; non-degree-granting post-secondary institutions; and special purpose, supplementary education, travel education, and trans-regional schools. Its activities extend to schools in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. NWAC recognizes the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities as the regional accreditation agency for all classes of post-secondary degree-granting institutions in all seven states served by NWAC.
Public schools serving grades 9-12 in Idaho are required by the Idaho State Board Rule to be accredited by the NWAC, which is now a division of AdvancED. AdvancED (of which AdvancED Idaho is a part) is a global network of over 36,000 educational institutions, spanning 70 countries. On the other hand, the Idaho accreditation Council has been actively involved in the formal education scene in Idaho since 1917. By joining forces, AdvancED and NWAC have expanded the reach of their individual efforts and vastly improved the quality of service and support that they offer to the schools that they serve.
For more information on the US government’s mandates for NWAC and AdvancED, please click here.