A history of helping young people and adults earn their accredited high school diploma online
How did Penn Foster begin?
In 1890, a newspaper editor named Thomas J. Foster founded the school to provide coal miners with the education they needed to advance in their careers and increase worker safety. At the turn of the century, the school was officially known as the International Correspondence Schools (ICS), and one out of every 27 adults in the US had taken an ICS course. Penn Foster has been around for over 125 years, and continues to evolve to meet the needs of learners today and tomorrow.
In 1956, Penn Foster High School was founded to provide young people and adults an affordable alternative to traditional high school and equivalency exams. SInce then, Penn Foster has transformed into one of America’s largest privately licensed high schools, with over 60,000 students, and over 25,000 graduates each year.
What is different about Penn Foster High School?
Penn Foster High School is proven, respected, and we graduate more high school students each year than any other school. At Penn Foster High School, you’ll benefit from our success coaching model, custom-designed, mobile learning platform developed with the online learner in mind, affordable tuition, and 0% interest on payment plans.
Penn Foster's mission is to enhance the lives of our students and clients through the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and credentials that can help them work toward their goals of advancing in their chosen field, starting a new career, or pursuing lifelong learning.
Penn Foster Institutional Goals
The mission is supported by an admissions policy that allows students with appropriate prior education to enroll in programs without regard to race, religion, gender, age, color, national origin, or physical disability.
The school regularly assesses fulfillment of its mission and achievement of its institutional goals through ongoing studies of student learning, measurement of student satisfaction, and evaluation of career outcomes of graduates.
Serving students with disabilities
At Penn Foster, we are dedicated to working towards meeting the needs of our students. We have engaged in an ongoing process to extend the accessibility and usability of our portals and program content for students with disabilities including those of vision, hearing and manual dexterity.
In keeping with our core company values of integrity, inclusiveness and compliance, we are committed to providing an accessible, high quality online experience for all students. Learn more about our commitment to serving students with visual, auditory or manual dexterity disabilities.