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A regionally & nationally accredited online high school diploma program that works for you

High School Diploma Online

You have options for earning an online regionally and nationally 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 60,000 students each year choose Penn Foster High School when seeking a high school diploma online. And our graduates are going places - college, a job, and the military.

Why should you choose Penn Foster High School?

Self-Paced. Get your high school diploma 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 20,000 students earned their diploma with Penn Foster in 2014

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 online.

Your Path to a Career

Our concentration programs in Healthcare, Information Technology, Carpentry, Electrical, and Plumbing can help you to get a head start on gaining knowledge and skills related to your career goals.

Your Path to College

If you plan to go onto college, our Early College program can give you a jump-start on a Penn Foster College degree. Penn Foster College is licensed in the state of Arizona. Here is a list of other colleges that have previously accepted the Penn Foster High School diploma. Only need a few credits? We even offer individual courses to help you with your unique needs.

State Restrictions

If you are interested in pursuing post-secondary education within your state you should check with your state to understand the requirements. States may impose requirements for receiving state financial aid. For example, an online High School diploma may not be recognized by some colleges and universities within your state to receive financial aid. We recommend you check with the institution for any specific restrictions - this is particularly important for residents of New York.

Get a High School Diploma Online

Our high school diploma programs are online, affordable, flexible, and supportive for all types of learners. Penn Foster's regionally and nationally accredited diploma can help you gain the skills to enter the workforce, continue your training in a career, and get ready for college. Penn Foster high school is designed for students of all ages, whether you are a traditional aged student or an adult learner looking to go back to school and earn a 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

As a student at Penn Foster High School, you will be able to:

  • Choose from textbooks delivered in the mail or delivered online
  • Transfer credits from another accredited school or a GED
  • Access instructional support from our world-class faculty
  • Join Penn Foster's Community, plus immediate membership in the High School academic group, accessible 24/7
  • Create a customized payment plan with 0% interest
  • Customize your study plans and keep track of your progress with the Study Planner App
  • Personalize your student homepage, learning portal and gain 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 many universities nationwide. Remember, colleges have a variety of entry requirements, and not all colleges recognize all high school diplomas.

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 nationally 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 High School 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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