What does accreditation mean? It means that a group - either a state or a private organization - has determined that a school has met a certain set of criteria that the group finds important. That’s it.
What does accreditation gain you? Nothing. A selling point, at most. Proof that a group of outsiders agree with you.
What does lack of accreditation prevent? Nothing. It’s still completely legal to operate without accreditation. The accrediting body will make no effort to stop you. Colleges still accept our students, including colleges considered very competitive. They can still get jobs and join the military and start businesses, if that’s what they choose.
Why do we not seek accreditation? Because we would have to compromise our philosophy. Accrediting agencies would demand that we test our students on forced curricula, which are antithetical to the freedom and personal responsibility that Sudbury schools hold above all else. We refuse to compromise the model.
So, in the end, accreditation neither offers us benefits nor prevents our students from living successful lives without it. And without it, we do not have to compromise what we know works. We’re happy unaccredited and independent.