Selecting an Online High School

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Earning a high school diploma online can be easier than you think. Yes, you must choose the right school carefully. How do you do that? While there are a number of factors to take into account, below you will find five factors that are crucial to your selection process.

Why is it important to choose wisely? Because there are many, many fake online schools. Most often they say that they can give you a diploma if you pass some sort of test. This is not true. Unfortunately, many folks don’t discover this until after they have paid money to the company.

The five factors include:

  1. Is the school accredited? The United States has six regional accreditors as well as some other accreditors. You can see them at CHEA.org. In addition to those listed, AdvancED is also an accreditor of secondary schools. The challenge with accreditors and accreditation is that there are many fake accreditors.
  2. If it is not accredited, is it recognized? In addition to accreditation, there is a small number of other ways that a school can be recognized. Perhaps it is recognized by a state department of education or a public school district.
  3. Does it have a history of being an online school? There are many new online high schools. While there is certainly nothing wrong with going to a new school, you need to be careful that it meets all of the criteria established here.
  4. What is its reputation? How others view your intended school is important. Importantly, if no one has ever heard of the school, this can be an issue.
  5. Is it acceptable to colleges, employers, or the military? This is where the rubber meets the road. If you earn an online high school diploma, but cannot use it for anything, then its value is greatly diminished. Determining whether a particular online high school is acceptable to colleges is relatively easy if you know where you would like to go to college. Much harder if you don’t. How is it easy? Call the admissions or registrar’s office at your college of choice and ask them if they accept diplomas from a particular school. They should be able to provide you with an answer. Whether it is acceptable to an employer can be more challenging. The military do have a policy with regard to virtual schools. Unfortunately, they look at them as something less than a classroom-based education.
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