Online High School Diploma - Florida

Online High School Diploma in Florida

Whether you're a traditional Florida high school student looking for a virtual high school diploma or you're looking for a high school diploma for adults in Florida, Penn Foster High School can help! Through our accredited program, you can earn your high school diploma online in Florida on your schedule, from home.

  • 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.
  • You can transfer credits from your Florida high school to Penn Foster High School to save time and money.
  • Earning your high school diploma can help you prepare for jobs in Florida, college, or the military.
  • Our high school diploma classes online cover a standard curriculum with classes in English, history, science, and math – as well as five elective courses in a variety of subjects you can choose from.
  • Our online High School Diploma is self-paced, allowing you to study and take exams at the speed that works best for you. That means you can finish your diploma in as little as 6 months or take the full 3 years allowed to complete your education.

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Cost of Program


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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 in Florida

The average salary for high school graduates in Florida is $29,014.*

Average Salary in Florida by Education Level

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Penn Foster’s online High School Curriculum is designed to prepare students to find jobs in Florida, enroll in a local or out of state college or university, or join the military. You can choose to work on a traditional high school curriculum or choose one of our career pathway diplomas to get a head start on furthering your education in a variety of industries. Whatever path you choose, earning your high school diploma can help you earn more money and potentially qualify for more Florida job opportunities. High school graduates in Florida can earn an average of $6,082 more per year in entry-level jobs than someone who didn’t finish high school.*

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. 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.

What’s the Difference Between a High School Diploma and a GED in Florida?

Not sure whether you should get a high school diploma or take the GED test? Here’s what you need to know.

  1. For jobs. In Florida, most employers will treat a GED the same as a high school diploma. However, getting your high school diploma can show potential employers that you are able to finish what you started. Earning an online high school diploma can also help you gain time management skills that can be helpful in the workforce.
  2. For college. Many colleges in Florida and the rest of the country will accept either a high school diploma or GED for admission. However, some colleges may require that you have some college classes on your application to prove you have the skills required to successfully complete college-level coursework. If you have a college in mind you’d like to attend, give their admissions department a call to see whether they’d prefer you have a high school diploma or if a GED is acceptable.
  3. For the military. The military accepts recruits who have a GED, but those recruits are considered Tier 2. Tier 1 recruits – those have graduated high school – often have priority when the military is looking at new recruits. Additionally, those with a GED may need to get higher scores on the ASVAB to be considered or, for some branches, may need to have some college credits along with your GED to be eligible for recruitment.
  4. The GED is a test. The GED is a test that you complete to earn the credential. It measures your competency in high school level skills and knowledge. It’s just a test, so you don’t necessarily have classes to help you before you take the test unless you sign up for GED classes. You need to pass all 4 parts of the exam in order to earn your GED. In a high school program, you have more classes and work that needs to be completed, but you don’t have one test that you need to take to pass and earn your diploma. You’ll have smaller exams for each lesson, usually multiple choice, and, if you fail one exam, that doesn’t necessarily mean you fail the class.

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Cathy Breymeier

Manager, High School Course Department

“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.”

Online High School Diploma in Florida - Curriculum

  • 16.5 core credits
  • 5 elective credits 

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 21.5 credits, including 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, residential electrician, 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.

Our online high school classes cover the standard curriculum, unless you choose one of our career pathway diplomas. You’ll cover the same subjects online that you’d cover in a Florida public school, from math to English. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose five electives that range from career-focused classes to more advanced English or math classes. Your courses include:

  • Written Communication
  • General Math
  • Biology
  • American History

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High School Diploma Success Stories

Florida 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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Selina L.

High School Graduate, 2021

“Obtaining my high school diploma was the first important step I needed to take in order to get to college. Penn Foster paved the way for me to take the next step into my career.”

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How much does it cost to get your high school diploma online in Florida?

An online high school diploma doesn’t have to be expensive for Florida students. With our affordable tuition and customized payment plans, you can finish your diploma within your budget. Just choose one of our payment plan options and get started today!

Option 1: Pay in full

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Option 2: Monthly Auto Pay Plan

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  • Pay $55 per month
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Option 3: Monthly Mail Pay Plan

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  • Pay $55 per month
  • Start for $39 down
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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
  • Student Portal Help Center


  • Expert faculty
  • Dedicated student services
  • Robust learning resources

Online High School Diploma in Florida FAQs

Can I get my high school diploma online in Florida?

Yes, you can definitely get your high school diploma online in Florida! There are several options you may be able to choose from by speaking with your high school guidance counselor, including Penn Foster. As an adult student, an online high school diploma like Penn Foster’s could be the best bet to help you get your diploma. Since it’s self-paced, you can graduate high school around your schedule, with no exam due dates or deadlines.

Can you do high school online in Florida?

Yes, you can do high school online in Florida. As long as you have a good internet connection, an email address, and a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, it’s possible to do online high school from anywhere.

Are online diplomas legit?

There are many online diploma options out there, but not all of them are legitimate. To make sure you get a legitimate high school diploma, you want to check that the school or program you’re interested in is accredited and licensed. If the school is accredited and licensed, then the online high school diploma is legitimate!

Is an online diploma worth anything?

Yes, if an online diploma is legitimate, it is worth as much as a traditional diploma from a public high school.

Is online school still an option in Florida?

Yes, online school is an option in Florida. You can earn your online high school diploma in Florida whether you’re a traditional aged student or an adult.

Is a GED the same as a Florida high school diploma?

The GED is just a test, so doesn’t always hold the same weight as a high school diploma. While most employers will accept either, a diploma could potentially make it easier to enroll in college or join the military.

Does a high school diploma matter in Florida?

In Florida, and most states, having a high school diploma can make a difference in what jobs you qualify for or what colleges you can attend.

How can I get my high school diploma online in Florida?

To get your high school diploma online in Florida, you just need to follow a few steps. First, find the online high school you want to enroll in. If you’re currently in high school, your parent or guardian will have to work with your guidance counselor to transfer you to online school. If you’re an adult who wants to finish high school, you just need to enroll!

How do you get your high school diploma after 21 in Florida?

Most Florida virtual high schools and charter schools won’t accept students over 21. That doesn’t mean that, as an adult, you can’t go back to school, though. With an online high school like Penn Foster, there’s no age limit to earn your high school diploma. You can be 15 or 100 and still finish your diploma.