Twenty years ago, there was one place to get a high school diploma, and that was at your local high school. Getting a high school diploma required going to the school district where you lived, sitting through the classes offered, and following the mandated curriculum. After four long years of changing classes, juggling teenage hormones, and attempting to survive or conquer the social maze of high school, you got to walk across a stage with your peers, shake an old man’s hand, and accept a certificate of the hard work that proved you were ready to be rocketed into adult life.
Today, we have options. Because of the widespread availability of the internet, we have access to hundreds of schools and programs offering online high school diplomas, and the reasons for seeking an online diploma vary as much as the institutions offering them.
Homeschool parents and students entering high school and preparing for career or college will find accredited programs, such as the one at Penn Foster High School (www.pennfoster.edu), provide an in depth course program that students can complete from any location and any time of day or night. It’s like a quality private high school, but with flexible distance learning, instead of traditional classrooms.
For those who may have received a GED, only to find that it does not afford the same benefits as a high school diploma, adult learners may benefit from lower cost options, such as the program offered by Aberdeen Academy High School (www.highschooldiploma.net), which allows the student to take the online courses, study, and test, all for free. Once the required tests are satisfactorily completed by the student, then he or she may pay for a “diploma package” which includes a physical high school diploma and high school transcript.
Students in a hurry will appreciate that Excel High School (www.excelhighschool.com) offers alternatives for quickly completing high school course credit. Current high school students who are a few credits shy of graduating with their peers or who need to complete summer school credits may benefit from a program such as this. Many programs offer credit transfer courses which will allow you to achieve your high school diploma online by only taking the courses required for your remaining credits.
These are only a few of the very plentiful and flexible options available to adult learners and students with a great variety of needs and goals. While students and parents should always be careful to confirm state requirements and program accreditation, the viable options for getting an online high school diploma are virtually endless.