In 2013 BlueSky Online School earned five-year accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).
This nationally recognized accreditation followed a rigorous evaluation by an external team of education professionals who reviewed BlueSky Online School's curriculum, instructional and assessment practices, and its governance and leadership.
"Powerful Practices," at BlueSky Online School cited by the accrediting agency included:
- High-quality, high-interest curriculum, meeting Minnesota State Standards and Minnesota requirements for a high school diploma
- Dedication and skill in serving diverse learners
- Courses rich in addressing multiple learning styles and successful in engaging students
- Excellence in building long-term relationships with students
Accreditation means that the school not only meets rigorous established standards, but that it has demonstrated its committment to continuous improvement of its curriculum, programs, and operations.
"... the team was impressed with the multiple ways students were engaged, via many modalities, multiple links to resources, venues to connect with other students and with teachers, and varied and interesting course discussions and assignments. Teachers at Blue Sky were respectful and highly interactive with students."
"Students report that teachers are readily available, prepared for tutoring sessions, fully present on-line, and responsive and willing to work with each student both in the course room, or via other electronic connections ... ."
"The team was very impressed with the variety of effective instructional techniques employed to engage students with the instructor, with one another and with the world outside of school, and the special interests of the individual students enrolled."
"There are so many great things going on a BlueSky, but the most impressive is the extreme professionalism and dedication to the students, to meeting them where they are, and to providing the help they need to succeed."
"All parents and students interviewed reported feeling very supported and were grateful to the school for its dedication to making sure that the needs of students are met."
" ... one-on-one counseling at Blue Sky services provide students with equitable learning experiences that develop learning, thinking and life skills that will help lead to student success at the next level. The students that were interviewed were very pleased with the way they were learning, engaged online, and the support they received from teachers and counselors."
"At Blue Sky, each student is known very well by at least three adults that include a homebase teacher, a counselor, and a social worker. These teams build long-term
relationships with students by frequent and consistent phone calls to make certain
that the student is connected, safe, has access to a computer, can be part of state
testing, is moving forward in studies, in engaging sufficiently on-line, has enrolled
in courses that further their educational aims, and that the student is in a good
mental and psychological state to keep on going to school and being successful."
"Blue Sky Charter School core courses are high-quality, high-interest ... . The courses are rich in multiple learning styles and have been very successful in engaging students in a variety of ways. These courses meet the Minnesota State Standards and the requirements to earn a Minnesota diploma."
"Many high-interest electives courses have been developed by teachers at Blue Sky. Students can enroll in Music Appreciation, The Art of Cooking, Digital Photography, European Rhythm, Fashion Design, Entrepreneurship, Criminal Justice, Career Planning, Personal Finance, and Nutrition and Wellness, to name a few. Students at the school can choose from credit recovery, core high school and middle school courses and college credit courses."