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Online High School: Everything You Need To Know

Finishing high school online is a decent enough alternative to being stuck in a classroom with annoying people all day. It's not quite unschooling or homeschooling, but if your parents aren't open to those ideas, then it might be a decent compromise. Unlike homeschooling and unschooling, with online high schooling you get a diploma afterwards as 'proof' that you learned stuff. People seem to like that sort of thing.

It's still all the same curriculum and classes, except you can do it all online and usually at your own pace. So no bullies or obnoxious idiots, no bells or schedules, no being yelled at for silly things, and, well you still have teachers obviously, but you don't have to see them face to face. Unless you do video chat or something, which you can do in some cases.

Here are some articles with more information about online high school:

How To Finish High School Online For Free

Lists advantages & disadvantages, basic info about online high schools, accreditation info, etc. Covers all the basics, like pros and cons, how online schools work, how you can find one in your area, what accreditation means, etc. Also has some info on online colleges and universities. Also lists websites where you can learn things online, like colleges with free online courses that you can do whatever you want with. Links to some more articles where you can find extra info as well.

Finishing High School Online

Explains how online school a semi-decent compromise if you can't get your parents to homeschool you or let you unschool yourself, and gives some tips to help you convince your parents to let you finish high school online.

Free Online Homeschooling

Article about using online high school classes as an addition to regular homeschooling. Possibly useful if your parents are open to the idea of homeschooling, but say that they wouldn't know how to teach you themselves, or they wouldn't want you teaching yourself stuff either. So in this way you can use online high school classes to 'fill in the gaps', so to speak.

Myths about online schooling

Covers common misconceptions that people have about online schools, such as socialization issues, physical exercise, amount of work done, transferring credits, acceptance of diplomas by colleges and employers, difficulty of classes, extracurricular activities, and more.

How to choose an online high school

Before you sign up with a school, it's always a good idea to ask them some questions first. This article tells you what you need to ask them. Covers things like teacher qualifications, contact details, accreditation, tuition, what kind of computer equipment you'll need, and some other things.

Online High School vs GED

A comparison between a GED and a diploma from an online high school. Has a list of advantages and disadvantages of online high school, and explains the different types of online high schools (private, charter, public and university-based). Compares requirements, eligibility, exams and acceptance rates of colleges and employers. If your diploma is from a properly accredited school, nobody should have any trouble accepting it, whereas a small percentage of colleges and employers will take issue with a GED.

List of Online High Schools in each US State

What the name says. Click on a state and it will display all the online high schools that exist in that state. Note that it currently only displays properly accredited schools (in other words, diplomas from these schools are essentially the same as a high school diploma, and you should have no trouble with colleges or employers not wanting to accept it). I may add more schools to it in the future.

I will update this post as more articles are added about online schooling. If you'd like to add one that you've written, you're more than welcome to do so :) You can contact me here.

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Posted in: Resources on September 14, 2010 @ 7:40 PM

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