High School Diploma

Accredited High School Diploma

Whether you're a high school student, a parent looking into at-home learning options for their student, or you're going back to school as an adult, Penn Foster can help you get your high school diploma online! Through flexible, online classes, you can earn your accredited high school diploma2 on your schedule, from home. Haz clic aquí para ver esta página en español.

  • Penn Foster High School is regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and nationally accredited through the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and Cognia, the world leader in providing improvement and accreditation services to education providers of all types in their pursuit of excellence in serving students.
  • Transfer eligible credits from your previous high school to save time and money when earning your diploma with Penn Foster.
  • Earning a high school diploma can prepare students to enter the workforce, college, or the military.
  • Our high school diploma classes cover standard subjects like English and math, as well as offering five elective courses of your choice such as American Literature, Algebra, or career-preparation courses like Auto Repair and Vet Assistant.
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.

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What You Will Learn

  1. How to use critical thinking and reasoning skills to complete learning tasks in English Language Arts courses.
  2. How to use critical thinking and reasoning skills to complete learning tasks in science courses.
  3. How to use declarative knowledge and demonstrate understanding to complete learning tasks in math courses.
  4. How to utilize writing skills to complete writing assessments.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

High School Diploma Career Outcomes

The average salary for high school graduates is about $44,356.*

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Penn Foster High School is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the skills needed to enter the workforce, enroll in a college or university, or join the military. Whether you’re working on a traditional high school curriculum or you choose one of our career pathway diplomas, you’ll build the skills and knowledge to help you take the next steps toward your goals. High school graduates have the potential to qualify for more job opportunities and can earn as much as $8,892 more per year than someone who hasn't graduated.*

State Licensing Requirements

If you are interested in pursuing post-secondary education within your state, you should check with your state to understand the requirements. State may impose certain requirements. 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.

Online High School Diploma Curriculum

  • 17 core courses
  • 5 elective courses

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = 6 months
  • Average time = 14 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework. The estimated completion times are based on completion times for learners enrolled in this program from November 2019 - October 2020, excluding withdrawals.

Our online high school diploma curriculum is a total of 21 credits, including 2 half-credit startup courses and your basic general education requirements, like English and math courses. Penn Foster High School students get to choose 5 elective credits, ranging from academic electives like American literature and algebra to career electives, like pharmacy technician, childcare professional, or vet assistant. If you choose to focus on a specific career in one of our pathway high school programs, your electives will be focused on skills needed for your chosen career path. Your general education courses include:

  • English 1: Introduction to Language Arts
  • General Math 1
  • Biology
  • American History


Non-US residents: This is a United States-based institution with course materials that are geared toward US job and labor standards. Learners from outside of the US may find that some information and materials will differ from the current standards of their country. The materials for this program are in English and use the Imperial unit of measurement, not the metric system. Please note that this High School Diploma Program is intended for career advancement purposes. It is not a substitute for a Canadian provincial high school program.

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High School Diploma Tuition

Take the first steps toward joining the workforce, advancing in your career, attending college, or joining the military with our accredited online high school diploma. Whether you choose our traditional high school curriculum or one of our career-focused high school pathways, you can choose from one of our low-cost customized payment plans below and get started today!

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Dr. Andy Shean

Chief Learning Officer, Penn Foster

“Online learning is often just as rigorous as in-person learning. However, the flexibility to study when you are ready to focus (for example, at night, on the weekend, or before or after work), the ability to re-watch video content as many times as you need in order to master the learning, and on-demand support can make online learning more attractive, especially for adult learners who are often working and, in some cases, juggling parenting duty.”

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Mariam Dawoud

High School Math Instructor, Penn Foster

“Online schooling is a great option for people who take care of many aspects of life and passionately aim to advance their education, making themselves candidates for career-advancement opportunities. It’s a way to multitask without putting one’s employment or family duties on hold.”

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Cathy Breymeier

Manager, High School Course Department, Penn Foster

“Penn Foster’s online High School Program can really benefit students who struggle with a structured learning environment, allowing them the opportunity to work at a flexible pace comfortable to them with hours that suit their various learning needs. Additionally, students who are bullied, struggle with anxiety, or feel a lack of acceptance in a traditional school environment can find a home with PFHS and flourish in an online learning environment.”

Penn Foster High School Diploma FAQs

Is Penn Foster High School accredited?

Yes, it is! Penn Foster High School is nationally accredited by both the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and Cognia. In addition to our national accreditation, we are regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (CSS-MSA). You can find more details about each of our accreditations on the Penn Foster Accreditations page.

How much does online high school cost?

Several factors influence the cost to get your high school diploma online at Penn Foster, including monthly offers, whether you’re transferring credits into the program, and the payment plan you choose. We pride ourselves on making our high school program as affordable as possible, giving you the option to choose the payment plan that works best for your budget. Visit our online high school tuition page for more information about costs and payment plan options.

Does Penn Foster online High School accept transfer credits from other schools?

In order to successfully transfer credits into Penn Foster High School, you’ll need an official, sealed transcript sent from your previous school for evaluation. Your credits will likely transfer if the courses are equivalent to our curriculum and are from a regionally accredited high school. Visit our high school credit transfer page for more details.

Can adults enroll in online high school with Penn Foster?

Penn Foster welcomes students of all ages, including adult learners. Enrolling in our high school program is open to anyone 13 years or older who has completed the 8th grade. We know how challenging it can be to earn your diploma as an adult learner so we do our best to make it as easy as possible for you with our online and self-paced learning platform.

What is Penn Foster's online high school curriculum like?

To get your high school diploma from Penn Foster, you will need to complete 16 core credits and 5 elective credits. Each student chooses their 5 elective requirements from courses ranging from music appreciation and psychology to vocational courses, such as small business management and veterinary assistant.

Our core curriculum includes English, math, social science, science, arts, and humanities, as well as health and physical education courses. If you are transferring credits, your coursework may vary.

Are online high schools accredited?

Not every online high school has achieved accreditation. One credential to look for is from the Distance Education Accreditation Commission, or DEAC. The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

What is a high school diploma, and what types of diplomas are there?

There are several different types of high school diplomas, including:

  • General high school diploma. This is the most common type, awarded by most institutions.
  • Occupational diploma. This is for students who choose to focus studies on a specific career path in addition to taking their general education requirements, including math, science, and English.
  • Honors diploma. Honors diplomas are given to students who have excelled in their studies, maintaining a specific GPA while taking more advanced courses.

How do you get your high school diploma online?

Each state has different options for online high school programs, some even through the public school districts. Most have set scheduling for study time as well as for taking exams. Penn Foster offers flexibly paced scheduling, meaning you study when it’s best for you and complete your tests once you feel you are well-prepared. As a traditional-aged learner, you can have your parent or guardian enroll you online. You’ll need to have an official copy of your transcript sent to us if you’ve already started high school to help you pick up right where you left off.

How do you get a high school diploma after 21?

A lot of online schools across the country do not offer online high school diplomas to those over the age of 21. However, Penn Foster accepts students starting at age 13 with no age limit on reaching your goal of completing high school.

Is a high school diploma important or necessary?

A high school diploma is necessary to enroll in college, but it can also be a crucial part of getting hired for a job. Many employers look for a minimum of a GED, so obtaining your high school diploma can give you more opportunities. On average, people with high school diplomas earn more.

What is a diploma mill?

Diploma mills are schools that issue diplomas without proper credentials. Meaning, even though you paid for your education, your diploma has little value because employers and institutions of higher education don’t recognize it as legitimate. Penn Foster is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, meaning we have met rigorous standards of education set forth by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This recognition means your diploma should be accepted by employers and most colleges and universities.

High School Diploma Success Stories

Graduates of Penn Foster's High School Diploma program have been able to start new careers, advance in their current jobs, join the military, or pursue college degrees - all while learning at the speed that works best for them!
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Shiv S. 

High School Graduate, 2023

“It was a great way to get my high school diploma at a quick and easy pace, while having enough content to truly learn as well.”

Our Proven High School Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced


  • Digital study guides
  • Self-check quizzes
  • Simulations and videos


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online Student Community
  • Dedicated Learner Center


  • Expert faculty
  • Dedicated student services
  • Robust learning resources

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