Does Penn Foster High School accept transfer credits from other schools?
Penn Foster does accept credits from previous high schools. To transfer credits for your student, an official, sealed transcript must be sent from the previous school for evaluation. Credits from courses that are equivalent to the Penn Foster curriculum and that come from regionally accredited high schools will be considered for transfer. You can learn more about credit transfer here.
Can my student enroll in NCAA-approved courses?
Penn Foster doesn’t currently offer NCAA-approved courses. However, Penn Foster’s general high school diploma is flexible enough to keep up with young athletes' busy travel and training schedules. They can gain an education that follows them anywhere, allows them to learn at their own pace, and can be accessed 24/7. Hear from one of our student athletes about her experience.
Can my student enroll in college after graduating from Penn Foster High School?
Penn Foster High School is an accredited program that allows students to earn a recognized high school diploma. However, acceptance of a high school diploma can vary based on the college or university. No form of accreditation can guarantee that any learning institution or employer will accept the high school diploma. We recommend checking with colleges and universities your student is interested in attending to verify they accept the Penn Foster High School diploma before enrolling into the program. For a list of schools that Penn Foster graduates have been accepted to, click here.
Can my high school student complete all of their work online?
The amount of work that can be completed online varies by program. Some high school programs can be completed entirely online, while others may require physical textbooks.
Do I need to purchase textbooks for their online classes?
No! Most of the coursework is easily accessible to the student through their student portal. The majority of study guides and materials are provided online for a mobile learning experience. For courses requiring textbooks, students will receive access to digital eBooks at no extra cost.
Does Penn Foster alert my local school of my student's enrollment for truancy purposes?
Before enrolling your student in Penn Foster High School, we advise checking with your school district or board of education to verify what steps you need to take to provide proof of enrollment. Penn Foster doesn’t contact your district, so parents are responsible for ensuring any necessary paperwork is completed to prevent truancy.
Does my student need to take standardized exams or pass a state-mandated test to graduate?
No! In order to graduate, your student must simply complete and pass all courses and assignments, and tuition needs to be paid in full to receive their official diploma. While some states do require graduation tests before awarding diplomas, Pennsylvania, where we’re licensed, does not. Standardized testing is not required in our curriculum, though parents can choose to pursue that for their students outside of Penn Foster.