Many life challenges face individuals who have not obtained a high school diploma. Problems ranging from joblessness, poverty, a higher rate of single parenthood, and a higher rate of institutionalization are some of the challenges experienced by those who do not graduate.
It is important for students to enroll in an online high school program that is accredited and state approved. To determine the accreditation of a program the student simply contacts the school and request information regarding it’s accreditation. Following is an overview of three of the best online programs that offer the opportunity for students to obtain a high school diploma.
1. Laurel Springs School is a private online high school accredited by AdvancED, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Southern Association of Colleges (SACS), and Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (CASI). Laurel Springs School offers flexible, self-paced and personalized one-on-one teacher to student program for students K-12 with payment plans available. Prior to beginning courses, students are given five learning assessments to determine the student’s individualized educational plan. Laurel Springs boasts that 91% of it’s students enter the college of their choice. The student must complete 23.5 credits in order to graduate from Laurel Springs School.
2. Excel High School is a private college preparatory online high school accredited by North Central Association and Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA, CASI), as well as AdvancED. Excel advertises three self-paced diploma options to fit the student’s personal needs. Students encouraged to apply are high school students for part time or full time attendance, adults seeking a diploma or GED preparatory course and/or students in need of college preparatory diploma. This school provides state certified instructors and payment plans to suit the student’s financial needs. The student must complete the minimum required credits in order to obtain his or her diploma.
3. CompuHigh Online High School is an online diploma program which has been offering online courses since 1994; the first online school program available in the world. CompuHigh is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA). It offers a general studies diploma of 18 credits or a college prep diploma of 22 credits with all the course material available online; no additional purchase is required for materials. In addition, CompuHigh boasts easy to understand material with a conversational tone. Although, the student and parents are responsible for navigation of the program and tracking the student’s progress. Tuition depends on academic year and chosen program.
Important steps are necessary in order to determine the appropriate online program for the student: research accreditation, programs offered, best fit for lifestyle and personality, and requirements of each program. Never hesitate to contact the school and request information that will aid in decision making.