Ambrose Bay High School is proudly accredited by the Distance Education Adult Learning Council (DEALC), a national premiere accrediting division established since 1967. Our accreditation demonstrates our dedication to continuous improvement in all that we do. We are committed to providing students the opportunity to receive a rigorous, quality education through innovative learning methods. ABHS offers a private, comprehensive, and affordable education to those students who desire to receive a standard high school diploma. DEALC provides nationally recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet DEALC’s highest standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school, and implement a continuous process of school improvement. Accreditation is granted on a five-year term, Accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents, and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators. DEALC accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assures students that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice. DEALC’s accreditation helps to ensure that our diploma is generally accepted by employers, colleges, universities and the military.


What Accreditation Means To You

DEALC recognizes the importance of furthering your education and colleges are much more likely to recognize a diploma earned from an accredited high school; furthermore many of our graduates move onto traditional colleges and career schools to further their education. A DEALC recognized education will provide you with the right credentials and give you a more competitive advantage over other candidates and can help you land your dream job.

Florida Dept. of Education

ABHS is officially registered with the Florida Department of Education and can be found in the Florida private school directory. The school code for Ambrose Bay is 7598.

Our College Prep Standard High School Diploma with Transcripts includes the required 24 credits in accordance with Florida Statues 1003.4282; for a standard Florida High School Diploma.

College Bound Students

Applying For Financial Aid and General Knowledge

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (known as the FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid (including the Pell Grant, Federal Student Loans and Federal Work Study Despite its name, the application is not for a single federal program, being rather the gateway of consideration for:

  1. All 9 federal student-aid programs
  2. All 605 state-aid programs
  3. Most of the institutional aid available

The U.S. Department of Education accepts applications beginning January 1 of each year for the upcoming academic year. Each application period is 18 months; most federal, state, and institutional aid is provided on a first come, first served basis. There are six (6) states — Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vermont — that award state grants on a first-come, first-served basis until the money runs out. Students are advised to submit a FAFSA as early as possible for consideration for maximum financial assistance.

The Department of Education advises students to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), which is made available on the FAFSA. This tool will retrieve most of the student's tax information, excluding wages, directly from the IRS and automatically input the information on his or her application. The DRT may be used for both students and parents alike.

Applicants who have completed a FAFSA in previous years may submit a renewal FAFSA. Any information that has changed must be updated annually. The FAFSA consists of numerous questions (at least 130 for the 2010–2011 academic year) regarding a student's (and his or her family's) assets, income, and dependency. These are entered into a formula that determines the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). A number of factors are used in determining the EFC including the household size, income, number of students from household in college and assets (not including retirement and 401 (k) funds). This information is required because of the expectation that parents will contribute to their child's education, whether that is true or not.

The FAFSA does not have questions related to students or family's race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or religion. FAFSA does ask which colleges a student is applying to, and the entire list of up to ten colleges is sent to each college; as a result, admissions officers can see which other colleges a student is applying to. There was controversy about college admissions officers and enrollment consultants using data mining techniques to analyze these lists, and concerns that colleges interpret a higher FAFSA position as a sign of demonstrated interest in attending, as well as concerns that colleges could deny admission, waitlist applicants, or offer less financial aid as a result of such interpretations. Advisers recommend alphabetical lists of colleges to obscure preferences.

A Student Aid Report (SAR), which is a summary of the FAFSA responses, is forwarded to the student. The student should review the SAR carefully for errors and make any corrections. An electronic version of the SAR (called an ISIR) is made available to the colleges/universities the student selects on the FAFSA. The ISIR is also sent to state agencies that award need-based aid.

Some colleges also require the CSS Profile to be filled out as early as the same deadline as an early admissions or early decision application deadline. The CSS is a fee-based product of the College Board and usually concerns funds disbursed by a college rather than federal funds.

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