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How To Get An Online High School Diploma

Updated on June 6, 2013
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Do you have a child with medical problems that prevents him from being able to attend high school regularly? Or you do have another reason why your child cannot attend high school regularly, such as a kid that is an actor or actress?

If so, an online high school may be just what you need for your son or daughter. With an online high school, your child can earn a normal high school diploma - only it will be from attending an online high school.

About Online High Schools

Online high schools come in different varieties, just like regular high schools. There are public online high schools and there are private online high schools. Each online high school charges a tuition, with the private online high school typically being a bit more expensive.

Normally, each school has a detailed 'about' page on their website that tells you more about their fees and the type of curriculum that they offer. You will want to read all of this information to ensure that you are selecting a school that gives your kids a real diploma that will be recognized by employers and colleges.

Things To Consider

If you are considering an online high school, you may be wondering about the accreditation and if an online high school diploma will be recognized by colleges and employers.

Just like online colleges, there are plenty of "diploma mills" that offer an online high school diploma but are not certified to do so. That is why it is vitally important to check the accreditation of any online high school that you are considering.

The most common accreditation that you will see for an online high school is from the Distance Education Training Council. A DETC accreditation is somewhat widely recognized, but it is not the best option.

Instead, look for an online high school that has regional accreditation. There are six regional accreditation agencies, and only one of them will give the online high schools an accreditation. You can easily check the online high school accreditation status on the U.S. Department of Education website.

Why Choose An Online High School?

This can be a great option for kids from all different types of backgrounds.

Many families who are taking up a nomadic lifestyle put their kids in an online school so that the kids can travel and still get their education.

Kids who are having problems with bullying at school also benefit greatly from online high school as it gives them a chance to get their diploma without having to deal with the stress of in school bullies.

If there are medical problems or other issues that make it difficult for a kid to attend an actual school, an online program is a great way to overcome than challenge.

Kids who are very intelligent can benefit from online high schools because some allow them to work at their own pace and actually graduate earlier than they would have if they were in a traditional high school.


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      7 years ago

      Hi i am a senior in a high school and i having some issues and would like to get online school so can you tell me how does the online school work.

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      Lisa Singer 

      8 years ago

      We offer a high school diploma that is accredited and easy to earn online. The best part about our program is the first section is free. That way you can try it out to make sure it's the right program for you.

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      Park City Independent High School 

      8 years ago

      One thing that all students need to be wary of, and I think you did quite well on illustrating this, is that a diploma is only valid if the school is properly accredited.

      Our program,, is accredited through the northwest association of accredited schools.


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