Cherokee High School (which included the middle school) was first accredited on December 31, 1977 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Cherokee Elementary School followed two years later, earning SACS accreditation on December 31, 1979. The accreditation period was five years, and both schools successfully re-accredited at the end of each five year cycle.
In school year 2011-2012, Cherokee Central Schools decided to pursue district-level accreditation. CCS hosted a quality review team from AdvancED (which included SACS) in spring of 2012 and was officially accredited at the district level on June 23, 2012. District accreditation is also on a five year cycle, and CCS successfully re-accredited in 2017.