How To Finish High School Online For FreeInstead of physically sitting in class, you can take all the same courses online from the comfort of your own home and finish high school online. There are some courses that still require you to physically go to a building to take an exam or for some other reason, but these are considered to be hybrids. In the US, online schools are generally free if they're run by the state.
Advantages of Finishing High School Online
- No need to get up ridiculously early in the morning
- No bullies
- No mean teachers
- No set time limits
- ... do I need to list any more? :)
Disadvantages/Requirements of Finishing High School Online
- You have to manage your time on your own (though this could be a good thing too)
- People will probably argue that you're not socializing enough
- You have to be able to type well
- The actual course and work that you do will probably be pretty similar to the stuff you do in regular school
Getting a high school diploma onlineThese are usually called "virtual schools" or "cyberschools". Everything is done over the internet.
There are 4 main types of assignments. Assessments are the most common, and include students uploading files, usually created using wordprocessors or spreadsheets. Worksheets are also common, and can consist of multiple choice, matching, short answer, and other questions. Generally, grading is controlled by the teachers. Most questions from worksheets are auto graded by the computer, but if a response is needed for any question, the teacher must manually grade that portion of the assignment. (From Wikipedia)
How do I know if an online high school is accredited? - If you graduate from an accredited online high school, you will have as good a chance of getting into college as a student from a public school. This counts for the US though. Other countries probably have similar requirements.
How to find an online high schoolDistance isn't really an issue, but it's generally a good idea to try to enroll in one that's not too far away.
The easiest way to find an online high school would probably be to search Google for "virtual high school" and the name of the city nearest to where you live. This method tends to work best for the US. For other countries, you may have to experiment a bit with what you type in.
A list - Lists a few schools and related things.
Finding an online high school - has some info on the differences between public and private online schools in the US (also has loads more info and links).
Getting a degree onlineThis distance learning stuff doesn't just apply to high school, you can also get just about any degree online without having to set foot in a university/college. Some courses will require you to show up every now and then for practical purposes, but for the most part you don't have to go anywhere.
OEDb - OEDb currently contains reviews of 1,172 programs from 96 accredited online colleges.
Guide to Online Schools - Directory of Accredited Online Degrees and Distance Learning Programs.
Online Schools - Top Accredited Online Schools.
Learning stuff online200 Free Online Classes to Learn Anything - Huge list of free courses online.
MIT OpenCourseWare - Free lecture notes, exams, and other resources from more than 1800 courses spanning MIT's entire curriculum.
Online Courses - Has categories for various subjects.
Independent Study / Correspondence Courses onlineWritten by:
These are not necessarily degree programs, but online courses for independent study etc. I'm not sure if you'll get credit for all of these places, I haven't verified that.
They also have introductory programming (C, Java), a course in fundamental music theory, and some writing courses.
I'll probably take a course or two here.
Articles about Online High Schools
List of Online Virtual High Schools
3 Steps To Getting An Online High School Education by Dean Iggo
Some instructions for getting your high school diploma online.
The Importance of Accreditation by Heather Brunson
If you choose an online high school that isn't accredited, you may find that many colleges and businesses won't accept your diploma.
Why Online High School? by Heather Brunson
Online High Schools are just like their classroom counterparts - there are assignments, quizzes and final exams.
Take online courses to better your career.
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