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An Accredited High School Diploma program
that works for you

You have options for earning an accredited high school diploma that works with your schedule and your budget. Licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools and regionally and nationally accredited by two leading organizations, Penn Foster is one of the largest and oldest private high schools in the United States.

From traditional aged students to adult learners, over 50,000 students each year choose Penn Foster High School. And our graduates are going places - college, a job, and the military.

Why should you choose Penn Foster High School?

Self-Paced. Learn online, at the pace that's right for you
Accredited. Receive licensed, quality education: 21.5 credit curriculum
Affordable. Choose from our flexible payment options
Choice. Select online or printed textbooks
Supported. Get 24/7 support from our award-winning Community of faculty & peers
Proven. Over 13,000 students earned their diploma with Penn Foster in 2013

Your Path to a Career

A Penn Foster High School Diploma is more than just a GED. Our concentration programs in Healthcare, Information Technology, Carpentry, Electrical, and Plumbing help you to get started in a career you’ll love right away, and our Early College program gives you a jump-start on a Penn Foster College degree.

Your Customized Study Plan

Penn Foster can help you be successful in high school. With a customized study plan, you tell us how much time you have to study and when you want to finish. We will give you day-by-day guides on what work you need to do in order to meet your goals and earn a high school diploma.

Our high school diploma programs are online, affordable, flexible, and supported for all types of learners. Penn Foster’s regionally and nationally accredited diploma will help you enter the workforce, continue your training in a career, or attend the college of your choosing. The Penn Foster high school is designed for students of all age, whether you are a traditional aged student or an adult learner looking to go back to school and earn an accredited high school diploma.

High School Diploma Online

Being a high school graduate from Penn Foster and now a college student has really shot my confidence through the roof... my kids are proud of me, and I couldn't be happier.

- Shataya H., Penn Foster High School Graduate

I really didn't have much time to go for my GED, because there were classes you had to go to and the timing, for me, was bad. Penn Foster had the platform I needed to step on and join the military, and do what I need to do.

- Jariel L., Penn Foster High School Graduate

Advice to other parents who want to go to school: join Penn Foster and get it done! It's easy... whenever you have time, you can do it!

- Natasha M., Penn Foster High School Graduate

We make sure you have everything you need:

  • Choose from textbooks delivered in the mail or delivered online
  • Transfer credits from another accredited school or a GED
  • Instructional support from our world-class faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s Community, plus immediate membership in the High School academic group
  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Your personalized student homepage, learning portal and free access to Career Cruising

Is Penn Foster High School accredited? Will colleges accept my diploma?

It is up to the individual college as to whether they will accept your diploma, but Penn Foster graduates have gone on to study at hundreds of universities nationwide.

Penn Foster High School is accredited for grades nine through adult by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The school is also accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council and licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools. There is more information on Penn Foster High School's accreditation page.

Will Penn Foster accept my transferred credits from a different high school?

Yes. Penn Foster also accepts transfer credits from a GED. To receive transfer credits, an official transcript from an accredited institution recognized by Penn Foster must be submitted for evaluation. Transfer credits will be awarded for comparable high school subjects where a full credit has been earned. Since high school programs vary, only an evaluation by Penn Foster will determine the actual number of transfer credits to be awarded. The maximum number of transfer credits allowed is 16.

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.

Penn Foster accepts transfer credits from a GED.

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¹ Homeschooling Requirements: Penn Foster High School students who are of compulsory age must also comply with home school requirements dictated by their school district, or those students will be considered truant. You need to check the requirements of your district to ensure the Penn Foster High School Program meets the district's home school requirements.

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