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What is a virtual high school and how does online school work?
A virtual high school offers the community and education that can be found in a traditional brick and mortar setting from the comfort of your home. The high school courses follow the state guidelines and accreditation requirements so you're taking classes that align with current standards. Penn Foster's online high school program is self-paced, with no deadlines. Coursework and assignments can be completed around your schedule at the learning pace that is appropriate for you. You can begin studying as soon as your enrollment is processed and complete.
Is Penn Foster High School accredited?
Yes, Penn Foster's online High School is nationally accredited through the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, and regionally accredited through the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (CSS-MSA).
What is the difference between a high school diploma and a GED?
A high school diploma generally represents 12 years of completed schooling and proficiency in core subjects as required by that state. The General Educational Development test (GED) is a content-based test that measures high school knowledge in five specific areas.
How long does the high school program take to complete?
Completion times vary depending on the subject, and how many hours you can commit to studying each week. All of Penn Foster's programs are self-paced and flexible, to best fit your schedule. Also, because we accept valid transfer credits, the number of credit each student needs for graduation varies from 5.5 - 21.5 credits.
Does Penn Foster High School accept transfer credits from other schools?
Penn Foster does accept credits from previous high schools, whether the student is a traditional or an adult learner. To transfer credits, an official, sealed transcript must be sent from the student's previous school for evaluation. Credits from courses that are equivalent to the Penn Foster curriculum and that come from regionally accredited high schools will be considered for transfer. Learn more about credit transfer.
How much does online high school cost?
Tuition for Penn Foster can vary based on credits an individual may have to transfer into the program. With affordable monthly payment options as low as $49 a month, students can pay toward their tuition while completing their coursework with 0% interest. We offer several payment plans so you can choose the one that works best for you. Visit our tuition page for more details.
What is the deadline to enroll in online high school classes?
Penn Foster offers rolling admissions. Students can enroll at any point during the year into the program of their choice.
Do I need to purchase textbooks for the online classes?
No! Most of the coursework is easily accessible to you through your student portal. The majority of study guides and materials are provided online for a mobile learning experience. Textbooks for classes that require them are included in the tuition and are shipped to you automatically.
When can I call Student Services?
Student CARE is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Eastern time. Learn more about how to contact Student CARE.