Virtually Worthless

With no government regulations, online high schools can be costly pursuits

Rodolfo M. Rodriguez is a dissatisfied graduate of Continental Academy. (Photo by Mc Nelly Torres.)

By Mc Nelly Torres
Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

Rodolfo M. Rodriguez, a 24-year-old cashier at a gas station in Davie, was searching online for a school that would allow him to earn a high school diploma.

It was February, and Rodriguez found Continental Academy, a virtual school based in Miramar.

“Study at home at your own pace,” Continental Academy’s website advertised. “No classes to attend.”

The father of two boys, ages 4 and 3, paid the initial $350 fee and began to take courses in math, reading, science and English. In about four weeks, Rodriguez completed the program without initiating any communication with teachers or receiving guidance from school staff, he said.

Continental Academy’s Written Response to FCIR

After declining interview requests, Continental Academy provided written responses to 10 questions from FCIR.

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But Rodriguez’s dreams of obtaining a college education and pursuing a career as a dental or medical assistant to better provide for his family were dashed in March after Concorde Career Institute, a technical-vocational school that specializes in health care training, refused to accept his Continental Academy diploma.

The reason: Continental Academy has not been accredited by an academic standards organization that Concorde accepts. In other words, as far as Miramar-based Concorde Career Institute was concerned, Rodriguez’s Continental Academy diploma was just a piece of paper.

“The (Continental Academy) website said that it was accredited,” Rodriguez, a high school dropout, said.  “I put so much work into this para nada (for nothing).”

Claudette Simpson, head of admissions at Concorde, said the school turns away many students because they don’t have a “valid” diploma, according to Concorde’s criteria. Concorde accepts private high school diplomas from schools that have been accredited by a group recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

“We have a list of schools that we won’t accept diplomas from,” Simpson said, without revealing an exact number of schools but explaining that Concorde’s list has grown over the years. “We are very diligent about this.”

Continental Academy is one of the schools on that list.

Tammy Dawn Shedd, of Cornelia, Ga., has also struggled with Continental’s lack of credentials. Five colleges, including Virginia Tech, have turned her down because they wouldn’t accept her Continental diploma.

The problem is that many vocational schools and institutions of higher learning do not recognize the two accrediting organizations, the National Association for the Legal Support of Alternative Schools and the National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools, which accredit Continental.

“They cheated me of about $500,” Shedd, 32, said because none of the colleges she applied to would accept her Continental Academy diploma.

Rodriguez and Shedd are two of 59 students from around the country who have filed complaints with the Florida Attorney General’s Office, the Better Business Bureau and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services against Continental Academy since 2006. They allege Continental Academy provided false information about accreditation.

These students, many of whom said they graduated with honors from Continental Academy, reported that colleges nationwide, including Virginia Tech and Southwestern College in Ohio, have refused to accept them because their high school diploma is from Continental.

Their complaints underscore a fundamental problem in distance learning and online education. Dozens of organizations accredit schools, but the U.S. higher education community at large only recognizes a handful of accrediting organizations as legitimate, education experts said. If you obtain a high school diploma from an organization not widely recognized by colleges and post-secondary schools, as Rodriguez did, then your degree is worthless.

The Better Business Bureau has given Continental an “F” rating because the school failed to resolve a handful of complaints in a timely manner, and in some cases, school officials have not responded to several complaints filed against the school.

In a written statement to Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, Jeffrey Lopez, vice principal of Continental Academy, said Continental takes complaints seriously. But Lopez admitted that Continental Academy’s diploma is refused by colleges and post-secondary schools so often that the Miramar school keeps a form letter on hand to address the issue.

“When we challenge the college’s decision to deny admission to one of our graduates in writing, we never hear from the college and never hear from the graduate,” Lopez said in a written statement. Lopez provided a copy of the form letter to FCIR.

It is unclear, however, if any colleges have accepted Continental graduates after receiving the school’s appeal letter. None of the Continental graduates who spoke with FCIR received this type of support from Continental Academy after colleges refused to accept their high school diplomas.

In connection with this article, Lopez refused FCIR’s request for an in-person meeting and later canceled a scheduled phone interview. Instead, he requested questions in writing. FCIR e-mailed 13 questions, of which Lopez answered only 10.

“Continental Academy has advised students who Continental Academy is accredited by and that the acceptance of credits or graduate is always the prerogative of the receiving institution or employer,” Lopez wrote.

Continental Academy doesn’t provide a disclaimer on its site to warn students about this issue and students who spoke with FCIR said Continental Academy did not make this clear to them before they enrolled.

A big market with no regulation

Distance-learning schools, traditionally done through mail as students received materials and worked at home, have been around for years. But with the explosive growth of the Internet, many of these operations have flourished online, reaching large groups of students with little or no oversight from state and federal regulators.

In 2004, the Chronicle of Higher Education described high schools and for-profit colleges lacking accreditation as “degree mills,” reporting that these operations have grown into a billion-dollar industry.

Education experts and consumer advocates said many of these online high schools use accrediting groups with questionable credentials, giving the schools an endorsement that unsuspecting students often do not question. And these schools appeal to would-be students by offering study-at-home convenience and fast results while charging $300 to $1,200 for a high school diploma.

“It’s a mess, and we are all discovering this is a problem in all states,” said Alan L. Contreras, a national expert and administrator of the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization, a state agency that administers laws and standards for post-secondary schools to ensure colleges operating in Oregon offer degrees that have credentials accepted by the state.

The Florida Commission for Independent Education, a state regulatory agency that oversees for-profit and public post-secondary institutions in the state, has received complaints from consumers about suspected diploma mills, said Tom Butler, press secretary for the Florida Department of Education.

“Keep in mind that this is a national problem and Florida does not have any statutory authority over the schools that are running diploma mills,” Butler said. “Students must be prudent and do their diligence when pursuing admission to schools.”

Since private schools aren’t regulated by state or federal agencies, the Better Business Bureau has sounded alarms about certain schools.

In 2009, for example, the BBB issued a warning about high school diplomas and advanced degrees from Belford High School and Belford University, both based in Texas. The Better Business Bureau received 117 complaints about the schools from students living in 40 states.

In November 2009, a group of former students filed a class-action lawsuit against Belford High School, alleging the Texas school defrauded them by using two “two fictitious accrediting entities created to give Belford High School the appearance of legitimacy.”

The federal government has just begun to examine online schools like Continental Academy.

In recent years, federal education officials identified more than 13 online high schools described as “potentially operating as diploma mills” and suspected of granting at least 9,500 diplomas since 2005, Mary Mitchelson, then acting inspector general of the U.S. Department of Education, said during Oct. 14, 2009, testimony before the House Committee on Education and Labor.

Federal investigators are interested in high school diploma mills because 11 percent of all federal financial aid – about $12 billion a year in grants and student loans – has gone to students who earned high school diplomas from schools not accredited to award them, Mitchelson said.

No organization tracks the total number of online high schools operating in the United States or the number of students attending these schools. But a 2008 survey from the Sloan Consortium and Babson Survey Research Group, a nonprofit organization based in Massachusetts whose mission is to help institutions and educators improve the quality of online education, found that 3.9 million students who attended secondary and post-secondary schools were enrolled in at least one online course in 2007 — a 12 percent increase over the previous year.

In Florida, 2,189 private K-12 schools, including online schools, are registered with the state Department of Education. More than 250,000 students were enrolled in private schools in Florida during the 2007-08 school year, according to a survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Education that collects and analyzes education data.

The state Department of Education doesn’t regulate private schools. By state law, these schools are required to register with the state and submit an annual survey that includes student enrollment, number of teachers, administrators and other staff and student demographics. However, officials do not verify information submitted by schools, according to state officials. The state’s private school directory identifies religious-based, nonprofit or for-profit schools, but it doesn’t specify which ones are distance learning and online schools.

Besides a high school diploma, students can earn a GED (General Educational Development) certification, which is inexpensive — $50 on average to take the test — and widely accepted by many colleges and employers. Students can contact the nearest GED Testing Center to take the rigorous seven-and-a-half-hour test, which measures knowledge of social studies, science, math, reading and writing. Tests are not offered online.

CT Turner, associate director of marketing and public relations for GED Testing Service, a program of the American Council on Education, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that develops and delivers the GED test, said few online high schools issue diplomas that are accepted by colleges, universities and post-secondary schools.

“People are so desperate to earn that credential, and many of these schools are preying on people who are struggling financially,” Turner said. “Another problem is that there are a lot of people who are not reporting this to state agencies.”

Schools seeking accreditation from a respected accrediting organization must pass a review to ensure they meet educational standards. The accreditation gives individual diplomas value because its teachers, coursework, facilities, equipment and supplies are reviewed on a routine basis to ensure students receive a quality education.

But an accreditation only has value if the U.S. educational community at large accepts the organization that provides the accreditation.

Mark Elgart, chief executive of the respected Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, said few well-recognized groups are willing to accredit distance-learning schools. AdvancED, now the parent organization of SACS, currently accredits 130 distance-learning schools and has accredited more than 27,000 schools in 69 countries.

“The online world is largely unregulated,” Elgart said. “States need to enact more regulation because they have a responsibility to the consumer.”

AdvancED staff visits schools every five years and works with administrators to ensure adherence to the highest educational standards. Schools that do not meet the standards are monitored closely.

“We have hundreds of schools that lose accreditation every year,” Elgart said. “The process pushes some schools out because they can’t meet the standards and criteria.”

Seeking an education

Continental Academy’s website advertises that the school has helped 95,000 students earn high school diplomas since its founding in 1996. Graduates have moved on to higher-paying jobs, vocational schools, community colleges, universities and new careers, according to Continental.

The school also provides student testimonials — from adults in Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia and Florida — showing pictures and only listing first names.

When Rodriguez found Continental Academy, he thought the school was fine based on its website.

Continental Academy is located in an office park in Miramar, where signage for a related company, Home School of America, is displayed. (Photo by Mc Nelly Torres.)

But after Concorde would not accept his high school diploma, Rodriguez called Continental Academy and complained to the principal. Continental officials simply told him the school is accredited without providing further explanation, he said. In response, Rodriguez filed a complaint with the Florida Attorney General’s Office.

“I’m angry,” Rodriguez said. “I can’t understand how Continental Academy has been allowed to take advantage of people who are trying to complete a high school education and attend college.”

Continental Academy, which is registered with the state Department of Education, as all private schools are in Florida, obtained accreditation on July 26, 2006, from SACS, one of the widely respected organizations. But in 2009, Continental Academy withdrew its accreditation, according to Jennifer Oliver, a spokesperson for AdvancED.

“They didn’t want to comply with requirements that would ensure they met the standards of accreditation,” Oliver said without providing details.

In April 2009, the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation, a now-defunct umbrella group created in 1994 by six regional accreditation groups including SACS, issued a letter to address concerns about Continental’s accreditation status.

The letter said the “Fast Track Program,” which Continental offered at the time, “does not meet the spirit and intent of a high school diploma.”

Lopez said Continental officials were not aware of the letter until a parent brought it to their attention.

“After much consideration, Continental Academy’s governing body has decided that it is not in the best interest of Continental Academy to maintain its accreditation with AdvancED/SACS/CASI,” Continental officials said in a statement to FCIR. “Aside from the lack of institutional support and structural confusion that Continental Academy received from SACS, a stark reality of maintaining SACS accreditation is that a school or school district must have a significant amount of financial resources available for continuous school improvement.”

Lopez said CITA’s letter has affected thousands of Continental Academy graduates who earned a SACS-accredited high school diploma through Fast Track from July 2006 to May 2008 because colleges and universities will not recognize Continental Academy graduates from this program.

After withdrawing Continental Academy accreditation from SACS, Continental owners tried to get SACS to accredit a new school, Elgart said.

SACS officials refused.

“It was the same people behind the school with questionable business practices,” Elgart said.

Continental reported to the state that it graduated 13,204 students during the 2008-09 academic year, according to its annual survey for the state Department of Education. In the 2009-10 survey, Continental reported a staff of eight, with six administrators and two counselors, and 2,984 students were enrolled for that academic year – a student-to-staff ratio of 373-to-1.

Lopez said in a statement to Florida Center for Investigative Reporting that Continental has 18 employees. He didn’t specify the number of certified teachers, as FCIR requested, and would not provide resumes for the company’s principals.

When contacted by phone with follow-up questions, Lopez said: “We are done with that interview. Just use your professional judgment and good luck to you.”

The National Association for the Legal Support of Alternative Schools and the National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools now accredit Continental. NALSAS accredits based only on one standard: consumer protection. NCACS is simply a membership group.

Ed Nagel, chief executive officer of NALSAS, defended Continental and his organization’s accreditation of the school.

“(Continental Academy) is helping people go on with their education and get better jobs,” Nagel said.

Nagel said NALSAS has conducted three on-site visits at Continental Academy since 2000, has reviewed the school’s marketing materials, and has ensured the school employs certified teachers.

“They have one of the best education programs in the country,” said Nagel, also the former chair and national office manager of NCACS. “They are doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing.”

NALSAS has accredited 13 private schools in Florida, including Continental.

More Information

  • The National Collegiate Athletic Association doesn’t accept virtual schools such as Continental, and the organization has a list of schools whose courses, grades and diplomas cannot be submitted as part of the NCAA eligibility process.
  • On Oct. 28, the U.S. Department of Education released new student-aid rules requiring college institutions to develop procedures to evaluate the validity of a student’s high school diploma.
  • The U.S. Department of Education provides resources for accreditation and diploma mills.
  • The Council for Higher Education Accreditation has a database listing more than 7,700 degree-granting and non-degree granting institutions and more than 18,700 programs that are accredited by organizations in the United States.

Continental now list three programs on its website: P.A.C.E., an accelerated online high school diploma program for adults 18 and older; O.U.T.R.E.A.C.H., an online high school diploma program for students 16 and older; and S.E.A.L., a high school diploma program through mail for students 16 years and older. The school charges $350 to $850 depending on the program.

Florida incorporation records indicate that Home School of America Inc. owns Continental Academy. Those records also list Nersy Lopez, 63, and Jeffrey Lopez, 42, both of Davie, and Joseph A. Aguilera, 59, of Miami, as the registered agents of Continental Academy. Although state law does not require it, none of these individuals has a teaching certificate with the Florida Department of Education.

Nersy and Jeffrey Lopez and Aguilera are also listed as registered agents of other businesses, including Home School of America Inc. and Home School of America Holdings LLC. Jeffrey Lopez and Aguilera are listed as registered agents of Southeastern High School, another virtual school. Incorporation records list the same address in Miramar as the principal address for these businesses.

Jeffrey Lopez is the school principal of Southeastern High School, a virtual school established in 2007, according to the most recent annual survey submitted to the Department of Education. Like Continental Academy, Southeastern received its accreditation from NALSAS and is a member of NCACS.

In his professional profile on LinkedIn, Lopez lists himself as the senior vice president of finance and corporate affairs of Home School of America.

Continental Academy’s revenue and profits are unknown. But its principals, records show, are millionaires. In 2005, Jeffrey and Nersy Lopez created N & J Lopez Family Limited Partnership, putting down $1 million in initial contributions. The partners anticipated contributions of up to $5 million, records show, and Nersy Lopez signed as the general partner.

Both Lopezes have made substantial investments in real estate as well.

In 2006, Nersy and Jeffrey Lopez bought a 7,334-square-foot house in Davie valued now at $943,870, for which Jeffrey Lopez transferred ownership to Nersy Lopez on Nov. 18. The same day, Jeffrey Lopez transferred ownership, again to Nersy Lopez, of an undeveloped property in Plantation, which he purchased in July for $280,000, records show. Nersy Lopez also owns a house in Southwest Ranches valued at $896,840.

What’s more, in 1996, Nersy Lopez and Joseph Aguilera bought a residence in Pembroke Pines for $86,480 at the time. A year later, they transferred the property to Lopez, who sold the residence in 1999 for $116,000.

A diploma with no value

In recent years, Continental Academy has described itself in marketing materials as “trustworthy” and a “recognized educational institution.” In online promotional materials, the school encourages would-be students to earn a high school diploma instead of a GED.

The school also stated in a press release that Continental was accredited by the Florida Department of Education, though the state Department of Education doesn’t accredit schools.

Wendell Scott, 32, said he was impressed with Continental Academy’s brochure when he received it on the mail.

“It was a beautiful brochure, and I thought they were the real deal,” Scott said.

And he didn’t question accreditation when he decided to spend more than $500 to obtain his high school diploma. Scott, of Cincinnati, Ohio, completed the course work by mail in 2004.

Scott, who lost his job as a manager for a security company earlier this year, decided to pursue a new career and attend college. But after recently applying to several colleges, including Southwestern College in Cincinnati, Ohio, Scott learned the schools would not accept his Continental diploma.

“I’m very upset about this,” Scott said. “This puts me in a bad position and is making it harder for me to attend college. I’m unemployed and I’m not even a high school graduate.”



70 Responses

  1. Ismael

    My brother and I graduate from Continental Academy back in 2002 and my brother continue his education by going to Lincon Tech in Arlington Tx and graduate from the trade school. All transcipt where send by Continental Academy to Lincon Tech. A State College or a Trade school will accept the high school diploma. Most of the people that do the fast track can not attend a college.

  2. Ivy

    I graduated with honors from Continental Academy. I was accepted into a private college in the state of Illinois. It pains me to see how many people have been affected by this. I hope at the end of it all justice is served. My best wishes to all those who have been denied access to higher-learning.

  3. krystal steele

    My name is Krystal Steele from Charlotte N.C. and I am just disgusted at this whole site. I haven’t been to school since 1988. I ran into some road blocks and thought to myself it’s time to get mines. As I went on a journey to seek out which school would be best for me I was referred by a friend about Continental because her sons had enrolled there two years ago. I stayed on task diligently until 2 weeks passed and I finished with the program and paid all it’s fees. I tried to sign up at CPCC RN program and that is when I was first struck with the news that they ( CONTINENTAL ACADEMY ) is not accepted there. I was looking to get a pell grant tom help with my bills until I reach the age of being fully employed but instead I keep on reading this mess that was made and that I would not be able to attend the RN program because it’s not accepted anywhere and I am out of $350.00 and stuck with a pretty piece of paper. NEED HELP. E-Mail me @

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  4. Margaret A

    As a non-profit organization who helps clients prepare for their GED, it saddens me that time and money are wasted on bogus programs like these students have experienced. Our organization receives no state or federal money, and relies heavily on volunteers and the local communities for support. WE DO NOT CHARGE FOR OUR SERVICES. There are LEGITIMATE FREE LITERACY PROGRAMS ACROSS AMERICA, helping thousands of students earn an accredited GED from the Department of Education. A person can not expect to get in an extremely short time, what it would have taken years in highschool to accomplish. These bogus programs offer unreal expectations for a reason…….and my guess is that it is for the money they receive. Programs are available, and depending upon how hard a student wants to work, and their placement at the time of entering a program, will dictate how quickly the GED can be earned. It is worth the effort. You will have the General Education Diploma that you can proudly present to any employer in America. Don’t give up….hold your head up and work hard.

  5. Vicky

    I contacted Continental Academy to question their accreditation back in 2007-2009. I had several persons that I referred to that program that completed with a high school diploma. I continued to call about accreditation because I know that from time to time things can change. The last person that I referred who completed the program did so in December 2009. The young man tried to get into a vocational program and was denied. I call Continental Academy once again to get clarifation and was told that they lost their accreditation at the end of December 2009. When the young man received his diploma it did not indicate the accreditations that was promised. I requested another diploma which listed all of the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation, SACS, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. I would advise those of you who completed prior to Dec 31, 2009 to please ask that your diploma lists all of the accreditations. As far as I know the young man has moved on to other colleges with no problem. It is unfortunate that Continental Academy did not list the information on their web site about the loss of their accreditation after December 2009.

  6. Shadow85

    Before I start, I know I am not perfect in life, I’m 27, I enrolled in Continental Academy and did their courses, I graduated with honors too, as someone who came from a rough childhood and someone who did not graduate traditional high school and they had lost their accreditation just 2 days before I graduated and I didn’t know it until later on when I was getting denied by any and every college I applied for, so then about a year or so after my ”graduation” I contacted the school through email only to be told it’s uh my job to to ”look for the colleges that accept continental diplomas” no, that’s bull because their package said I could get into any college, I agree with the comments above, we should get together and do something, I think a lawsuit would be in order.

  7. kaia yaameen

    iam filing a lawsuit against continental academy because you guys took my money knowing that yall are not nationally accredited & doesnt hve any colleges for us students to attend to.

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  9. Kat

    Brother and I have both graduated from here. UCF, FAU, PBSC and PBA have accepted our Continental Academy Diploma…..

  10. Tony

    Hi everyone,

    Anyone who has graduated from continental academy and has not been accepted in college please read this. My wife and I want to file law suit against this fradualante business, one of my goals is to get as much signatures as we can in order to show how manny people have been affected by this school.
    It is unfair for many students who have been trying tremendously hard to continue their education not get credited for thierr diploma. It’s upsetting seeing many students becoming affected from this matter.
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  11. Walter P. Drake, JD, PhD

    There is a lot of snobbery and arrogance in education circles as established institutions attempt to keep a hold on online programs while continuing to charge the same price as if a student attended a traditional school. In this situation, one can see a lot of anger and blame occurring, law suits suggested and the like. But in fact, the accreditation supplied to the school has validity from the standpoint that there was an independent review of the program against certain important criteria, and the school met those criteria. I accept that the accreditation body has not apparently been approved by the US Dept of Education, but the consumer could rely on that body for the program being legitimate. There will always many times be excuses why some credential is not accepted…it was from an online program….it is not accredited…etc etc. But many colleges admit students as young as 16 without any high school diploma or GED. Many home schooled students have no formal diploma but are accepted at many colleges. There is a whole parallel education system that exists today that is considered “alternative” or “non-traditional” education. What really seems to have occurred here is that the student was attempting to enter a licensed profession, such as medical technologist, physician, lawyer etc. In those situations, one must follow the state requirements as to education as a prerequisite to licensing, and certainly, alternative or non-traditional education will bot be accepted. However, if you are not talking about a licensed profession, the diploma from the school will ordinarily be accepted, as many posters have attested to, not only for further education, but certainly also for employment. I have no connection to either the school or the accrediting agency.

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  13. Rovenson Conaway

    My name is Rovenson Conaway I am a graduate at Continental Academy. I am outraged after reading the article about the school. I too am a victim of this horrific scam. All I wanted to do is complete school so that I could take care of my family. But after reading this I am devastated. I feel lost because I thought at the time I was doing the right thing. Clearly this school has no issues with taking hard working families money for there own financial gain. I supposedly graduated in March 26, 2006. After working dead end jobs I decided to farther my education and was denied. Confused I called the school and they talked a real good game about not giving up on my school search. Still I was denied so I googled the school with questions and came across this article I feel so deceived and outrage and would like to know if you have any advice for what I should do. Thanks in advance Rovenson Conaway

  14. Janet Bautista

    I myself supposedly graduated from continental academy in 2001. I was kicked out of school because I miss to many days of school due to my father illness. I study my butt off to get this high school diploma and yet no where I go nobody takes my diploma its an embarrassment. I paid $500 for my High School Diploma, money I didn’t have. I wish I can join the class action lawsuit myself.

  15. Sara

    I ended up with a worthless paper too that my college would not accept. I had the choice of a G.E.D. or finding a real online school.

    Luckily, I did find one through

    I am now pursuing my dreams in nursing and I had absolutely no problems with my degree being accepted, because it’s accredited through the same accrediting bodies that public schools are accredited by.

  16. Anthony

    I can’t believe Continental Academy is aloud to operate and sell their bogus diplomas to us who are really looking to GET a legit diploma. It pisses me off because I paid these crooks $1000 of my hard earned money and for what? I can’t even go to college because it is unaccredited.

    Now I have to start over but I heard on the radio and through some of my friends that has some connections to help students graduate in a few days through their referral programs and that their schools are BBB verified?

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  18. shannon

    I am so upset. I also got this FAKE diploma. It’s humiliating to be turned down by so many universities. I don’t see how Continental Academy can do this to so many of us. Is there not anything we can do???

  19. juan

    it’s just a piece of cardboard. but the test is good to examine you, if you’re right or wrong. unfortunately not much. I finished with high honors. but does not accept my diploma. it’s just a piece of paper.

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  22. Jeriqa

    I want my money back! I left high school and did this program so I could work more and be confident I would get a diploma! Now I find out I’m basically a drop out!! I want my money back!

  23. ronalda

    just reading all of the comments and doing my research on continental academy is discouraging. I am currently working on my courses right now and I don’t wont to finish it because it will be a wast of my time. I’m not doing the online program, I’m doing the paperwork’s and books at home.I was told that the online program wasn’t accredited, the other one is. Can someone please tell me is that true or is it all the same and I’m just wasting my time? Because I already wasted my money if so.

  24. Joannie

    It’s a shame to find out that I paid 350.00 dollars for a diploma that isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on the advertising was great now I got to go try to get my money back diploma was issue July 6 2012

  25. Joseph

    I graduated from continental Academy In jan 11,2010. I recently applied for a university and accepted, but the university assumed that my diploma wasn’t accredited by Sacs, so I called Sacs and they told me the school was accredited July 26, 2004-2010 jan 26. I gave the university the information and as of June 1,2015 I will start school. If you haven’t graduated between those dates universities schools with Sacs will not accept the diploma. Academy isn’t a scam.

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