Online High School Diploma - Tennessee

Online High School Diploma in Tennessee

Whether you’re looking to transfer from you’re current Tennessee public high school or looking for a high school diploma for adults, Penn Foster can help! Through our online High School Diploma Program, you can earn your diploma 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 don’t have to start high school from scratch if you’ve already completed some classes. You may be able to transfer in completed credits from your previous Tennessee high school! Transfer credit acceptance can depend on your school, the grade you received for your classes, and other factors.
  • A high school diploma can be beneficial in qualifying for jobs in Tennessee, applying to colleges, or joining the military.
  • Penn Foster High School’s curriculum focuses on the traditional subjects – English, math, science, and history – as well as offering five elective classes you can take in a range of subjects.

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Cost of Program


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$55/month, Start for as low as $20

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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 Tennessee

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

Average Salary in Tennessee by Education Level

Less Than 9th Grade


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Penn Foster’s online high school classes cover subjects similar to what you’d find in your Tennessee public high school. It’s designed to prepare students to take the next step in their lives, whether that’s finding a job, enrolling in a local or out of state college or university, or joining the military.

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.

Benefits of a High School Diploma in Tennessee

There are several benefits to earning your high school diploma in Tennessee, including

  1. Earning a higher salary. A high school graduate in Tennessee can earn as much as $6,562 more per year than someone who didn’t graduate.*
  2. Being able to qualify for more jobs. More jobs than ever are now requiring applicants to have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent – like a GED – to be qualified for the position.
  3. Getting promoted. In many cases, even if you have years of on-the-job experience, you may be passed over for a promotion if you don’t have a high school diploma or GED. Many higher-level positions – such as being a shift lead in a retail store or food service – now require you to have at least a diploma or its equivalent to qualify for the role.
  4. Preparing for college. A high school diploma can help you prepare for college. While many colleges will except a GED instead of a high school diploma, without one, you may not have the classes under your belt that many colleges require when considering applicants for admission. And completing high school classes and assignments can help you prepare for the kind of work you’ll likely see in a college degree program.
  5. Developing lifelong skills. You learn more than just facts and equations in high school. Going through your classes and working on assignments – especially in an online school that allows you to go at your own pace – can teach you time management and critical thinking skills that are essential for the workforce, college, and even life.

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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 Tennessee - 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.

Penn Foster High School’s curriculum covers similar classes you’d find in a Tennessee public school, from English to math. Your courses include:

  • Written Communication
  • General Math
  • Biology
  • American History

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High School Diploma Success Stories

Tennessee 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 Tennessee?

Going to high school online in Tennessee doesn’t have to be expensive! With our affordable tuition and payment plan options, you can start earning your diploma whenever you’re ready!

Option 1: Pay in full

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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 Tennessee FAQs

Does Tennessee have online high school?

There are several options for online high school in Tennessee, including programs through your school or district. However, many k12 programs likely follow a strict schedule of classes, with assignments and homework regularly due. In a high school like Penn Foster, learners are able to study and take exams at the speed that works best for them, allowing students to absorb information and learn in ways that may be more helpful to them.

Additionally, if you’re over 21, you may not qualify for the online high school options offered in Tennessee. Unlike state-run online schools or charter programs, Penn Foster doesn’t have an age limit, making it easier for adults to enroll and finish their high school education at any age.

Can you do online school in Tennessee?

Yes! There are several options for online school in Tennessee, including Penn Foster.

What’s the difference between public school in Tennessee and online high school?

The biggest difference between public school in Tennessee and online high school is that students don’t have to attend classes live, at certain dates and times. Since Penn Foster High School is self-paced and independent, students choose when and where to study.

Another difference is that students don’t learn in live classes with other students; for those worried about bullying or dealing with anxiety, online high school can be a great, safe option.