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There are many reasons to consider online high school courses. Whether you are looking for online summer school courses, looking to re-enroll after dropping out of traditional high school, or want to refresh your memory on challenging topics, Penn Foster High School can help. We offer a variety of online high school courses for you to choose from. Our courses are affordable, flexible, and allow you to learn on your own time, at your own pace, at home or on the go.

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Algebra I (1 credit)
A study of basic operations with signed numbers, monomials, and polynomials. Also includes formulas, equations, inequalities, graphing, exponents, roots, quadratic equations, and algebraic fractions.
Algebra I Advanced (1 credit)
This two-part course introduces the basics of algebra and also provides the foundation for higher math. Course instruction includes algebraic operations, linear functions, polynomials, exponents, probability and quadratic functions.
Algebra II (1 credit)
A study of algebraic functions, ratios, proportions, logarithms, variations, progressions, theorems, matrices, determinants, inequalities, permutations, and probability.
Algebra II Advanced (1 credit)
This two-part course introduces data and linear representations, linear equations, polynomials functions, as well as conic sections, discrete mathematics and statistics.
Business Math (1 credit)
A review of basic math skills and principles along with a study of various business math topics such as income, maintaining a checking account, interest, installment buying, discounts, and markups.
Calculus (1 credit)
Explains the derivative of a function and the applications of derivatives, the integral and how to use it, and methods of integration.
Consumer Math (1 credit)
Learn how math applies to everyday life - including lessons on money, employment, purchases, insurance, savings and investments.
Consumer Math Advanced (1 credit)
This two-part course teaches students tools and concepts related to everyday life, including income tax, loans, credit cards, money management, shopping for a car or a home. It also includes sections on insurances and investments, as well as business data analysis, managing people and inventory and sales and marketing.
General Math I (1 credit)
Learn fundamental operations including whole numbers, decimals and fractions, and advances into ratios, proportions and percentages.
General Math II (1 credit)
Learn fundamental operations including whole numbers, decimals and fractions, and advances into ratios, proportions and percentages.
Geometry (1 credit)
Study points, lines, planes and angles, and more advanced topics like polygons, triangles, circles and solids.
Geometry Advanced (1 credit)
This two-part course provides hands-on activities to help students understand the theoretical relationship between lines, angles, polygons, circles and three-dimensional figures.
Pre-Algebra Advanced (1 credit)
This two-part course will cover rational numbers and proportional relationships, as well as ratios, similarity and using percents to solve problems.

Business Software Applications Advanced (1 credit)
A study of basic operations with signed numbers, monomials, and polynomials. Also includes formulas, equations, inequalities, graphing, exponents, roots, quadratic equations, and algebraic fractions.
Computer Applications Advanced (.5 credit)
This course will teach basic techniques used for designing webpages and will show you how to insert text, tables, pictures and multimedia files. In this course, you’ll create three website projects that you designed yourself.
Microsoft Office Advanced (.5 credit)
This course provides step-by-step tutorials to teach the basic features of Microsoft Word®, PowerPoint®, and Excel®.
Microsoft Word & Excel (1 credit)
Learn how to use Microsoft Word® to create, edit and illustrate documents. In addition, you’ll cover basic features in Microsoft Excel®.
Small Business Management (1 credit)
Learn how to start your own business, including the basics of developing a business plan.
Understanding Computers Advanced (.5 credit)
Learn computer basics, using technology for research and problem solving, and the security risks in using computers.

American Literature (1 credit)
Study literary terms, structural elements of literary genres and learn to interpret literature for knowledge and enjoyment. Learn what it has meant to be an American during each major period of American Literature.
American Literature Advanced (1 credit)
In this two-part course you’ll cover American literature ranging from Native American poems and colonialists’ observations of the New World to American literature through World War II to today.
Basic English (1 credit)
Learn the fundamentals of the English language to help you effectively communication. This course covers capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and spelling.
English Communication (1 credit)
Learn how to avoid grammatical errors when writing sentences and paragraphs, and how use words to effectively communicate.
Grammar Advanced (1 credit)
In this two-part course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of grammar and then move onto to learning the dominant structure of a paper, as well as how to write using engaging, persuasive and informative writing styles.
Grammar & Literature Advanced (1 credit)
In this two part course, you’ll learn how to master essential reading and writing skills. You’ll learn basic rules of writing, as well as grammar, punctuation, capitalization and spelling.
Literature (1 credit)
Read short stories, nonfiction, poetry and drama to get a deeper appreciation of the relationship between literature and life.
Literature I Advanced (1 credit)
This two-part course introduces literary elements such as plot, setting, character, narrator, voice, theme, irony and symbolism. You’ll also cover poetry, biographies, and historical writings.
Literary II Advanced (1 credit)
In this two-part course, you’ll learn basic literary elements like plot, setting, character and conflict, and also explores the use of imagery and symbolism to convey meaning in writing. You’ll learn how to analyze and compare works of the same genre, as well as read and interpret popular media and workplace documents.
Practical English (1 credit)
In this course you’ll develop your writing skills to learn the importance of sentence structure, paraphs, letters and compositions. The course begins with the study of grammar and then focuses on the writing process and emphasizes an individual approach to writing.
World Literature Advanced (1 credit)
In the first part of this two part course, you’ll learn about writings from thousands of years ago from ancient Middle East, Greece, Rome, Africa and Asia. In the second half of this course you’ll cover writings from the Middle Ages through modern times.
Written Communication (1 credit)
This course will provide you with step-by-step instructions for handling sentence structure, punctuation, pronunciation, paragraphing and grammar.

American History (1 credit)
Learn about people, events and sociopolitical forces that have shaped American, from the discovery of the continent to present times. See how American history plays a role in today’s events and global conditions.
American History Advanced (1 credit)
In the first part of this two-part course, you’ll cover the the discovery and settlement of the country through the late nineteenth century. The second half of this course covers time periods from the end of the nineteenth century to the present.
Civics (1 credit)
This course covers the rights, freedoms and responsibilities of American citizens. Learn about the roots of American government and how it operates today. You’ll also cover the relationships between American and other nations.
Civics Advanced (1 credit)
In the first part of this two-part course, you’ll learn about the foundation of the American constitutional democracy, how the US government is organized and the role of citizens in government. The second half of this course will explore the role of citizens in society, the US economic system and foreign policy.
Economics (1 credit)
In this course, you’ll learn about the different economic systems across the world. You’ll learn the function of money, the law of supply and demand and the role of banks and governments in capitalist economies.
Economics Advanced (1 credit)
In the first part of this two part-course, you’ll focus on microeconomics and how businesses move resources around the economy to produce products for sale to households, foreign marketings, governments and other businesses. The second half of this course will focus on macroeconomics, which explores how consumers, businesses, and foreigners impact the total amount of output, employment and income for the economy.
Geography Advanced (1 credit)
In the first part of this two-part course, you’ll learn about maps, weather, bodies of water, population, cultural geography, and explores North and South America and Europe. In the second half of this course will cover Russia, Northern Eurasia, Africa, Asia, and Pacific islands.
Psychology (1 credit)
This course provides an introduction into the roots and development of modern psychology. You’ll learn about states of consciousness, and theories of intelligence, development, and personality.
Psychology Advanced (1 credit)
In the first part of this two-part course, you’ll explore how psychologists unravel the mystery of what it is to be human, the biological processes that enable us to make sense of the world around us. The second half of this course, covers emotions, their components and how they affect our lives. You’ll also review motivation, human growth and development and gender roles.
World Geography (1 credit)
You’ll learn about the physical environment of human beings and the means they use to supply their political and economic needs. Includes maps, charts, graphs, and pictures of the main areas of the world.
World History Advanced (1 credit)
In the first part of this two-part course, you’ll learn about ancient civilizations in Africa, Europe and Asia through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The second half of this course will cover the Enlightenment, the Age of Imperialism, Industrialization, the wards of the 1900s, through present times.

Biology (1 credit)
In this course, you’ll learn about the characteristics of life, chemistry of cells, and the links between life and energy. You’ll also learn about the theory of evolution, ecosystems, heredity, and adaptation.
Biology Advanced (1 credit)
In this two-part course, you’ll learn about the characteristics of life, including evolution and homeostasis.You’ll also learn the defining characteristics of organisms belonging to different taxonomic groups, and cover topics like bacteria, protists, fungi, viruses, and the form and function of plants and animals.
Chemistry (1 credit)
You’ll learn about the study of structure and reactions of matter. This course also covers the elemental symbols, chemical reactions and the role of energy in those reactions.
Chemistry Advanced (1 credit)
In the first part of this two-part course, you’ll learn about the science of chemistry, matter and energy, atoms and moles, the periodic table, and more. In the second half of this course you’ll learn about states of matter and intermolecular forces, gases, solutions, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, reaction rates electrochemistry and more.
Earth Science (1 credit)
In this course, you’ll learn about the scientific method, the formation of the solar system, the moon’s phases, movement of earth, plate tectonics, the formation of the oceans, and erosion. You’ll also learn about rock and mineral analysis, soil formation, weather patterns and chemical principles.
Earth Science Advanced (1 credit)
In this two-part course, you’ll learn about the structure, composition and natural processes of Earth. You’ll also learn to analyze rocks, student earthquakes and volcanoes, examine fossils, explore the oceans, and even learn how to predict the weather.
General Science (1 credit)
You’ll learn the basics of a variety of the sciences, including physics, chemistry and biology. This course covers atoms and molecules, light and sound, electricity and magnetism, astronomy, the rise of life on Earth, human anatomy and genetics.
Physical Science (1 credit)
In this course, you’ll learn about matter and energy - their nature and the relationship between them. You’ll cover topics like water, the chemistry of building materials, fuels, natural and synthetic rubbers and plastics, and energy in relation to motion and force.
Physical Science Advanced (1 credit)
In this two-part course, you’ll cover both physics and chemistry. You’ll study the states and structures of matter and also study heat and temperatures, waves, sound and light. You’ll also be introduced to earth and space science.
Physics Advanced (1 credit)
In this two-part course, you’ll learn about the science of physics. Ranging from motion in one and two dimensions, vectors, forces and the laws of motion. You’ll also learn about light, reflection, refraction, electricity, and magnetism.

Art Appreciation (1 credit)
In this course, you’ll be introduced to various forms of art throughout history, from prehistoric to modern. You’ll also learn to evaluate the meaning and quality of individual works.
Art Appreciation Advanced (.5 credit)
This course will provide you with a basic knowledge of the history, media, techniques, tools and cultural implications of the visual arts.
Human Relations (1 credit)
Learn different methods of analyzing and improving relations with other people in personal life and in working environments. This course focuses on individual productivity, teamwork, working relationships, and dealing with frustration.
Music (1 credit)
In this course, you’ll learn about different forms of music throughout history, from medieval times to present day. You’ll also learn about music theory and instrumentation.
Music Appreciation Advanced (.5 credit)
In this course, you’ll learn basic music theory, analysis and history in order to broaden your interest in and understanding of music.
Reading Skills (1 credit)
This course will teach you the techniques applicable to any type of reading. This includes reviewing, predicting, scanning, finding the main idea and drawing conclusions.

Spanish (1 credit)
In this course, you’ll learn how to speak and comprehend the Spanish language. You’ll learn Spanish vocabulary, grammar and this course will help you improve your fluency through listening to and creating stories.
Spanish I Advanced (1 credit)
In this two-part course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of Spanish vocabulary and grammar through reading, writing and oral activities. You’ll also learn vocabulary important for ordering in a restaurant, cooking meals, celebrating holidays and traveling to Spanish speaking countries.
Spanish II Advanced (1 credit)
This course is a continuation of Spanish I Advanced. You’ll continue to learn new words, phrases and verb tenses. You’ll also study customs and traditions in different Spanish-speaking cultures.

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