How do you select an online high school “for you, not your kid(s)” now that you are an adult? Combine technological advances, especially those involving the internet, differing opinions on the quality or curriculum at most public high schools, a diverse set of real life circumstances and a growing population of individuals not completing high school with their “freshman” classes and you find a significant need for flexible solutions for adults, who want to receive their high school diploma. As a rule, this student population has many faces: the young mother that had to focus on a need more important than her own, young adults that faced challenges many of us did not have to deal with in our own adolescence, individuals with health, lifestyle or social challenges or some that just did not make the best “planning” decisions in their teen years. Whatever their circumstances, they have one thing in common today; they realize the need to return to school. These select individuals finally accept the need to achieve the level of success that has eluded them: earning their high school diploma or GED. Making a solid decision at this point in their life is critical and there are many factors to consider, so let’s get started.
First and foremost is to find a program that will allow you to set your own pace. Think about your goal: Why do you want to show the world that you have your high school diploma or GED? Will you become a high school graduate now because you want to prove to yourself or your kids that you can achieve this and so can they. Do you need a high school diploma to help you better position yourself with a secure higher paying job or job promotion? Is furthering your education with a trade or vocational school, community college program or other career training your goal? With this decision, you are able to begin that next crucial step: deciding which school is best for you. Remember that if you divide large goals into smaller increments, it is easier to imagine yourself able to complete the entire process. Start now by creating a timetable of when you want or need to receive your high school diploma. Remember that if it were “easy” you would have already completed high school or received your GED; accordingly be careful not to place unrealistic expectations on yourself. Next, consider your situational needs (schedule or free time, transportation availability and financial capability). Take into account that as an adult, your days of “free high school” are probably over and there has never been a “free GED” solution. Online high school diploma programs today are a practical solution for those in traditional 9 to 12 high school so they can certainly assist you in reaching your education goals.
Now do some research for the type of programs available that seem to meet your needs based on your specific circumstances (accessible 24/7, 100% online, affordable with study/prep, support, testing, re-testing and document services included in the program cost). In this final step, include a review of the school itself! When you find online high school programs you like, communicate with and research each online high school vigorously. Talk to friends, family, school representatives (online and on the phone), your employer or higher education program to see if the school program you selected can truly help you meet your goals. It is easy to “set up an online presence,” but it is more difficult to develop a recognized program that has real educators, program curriculum and process controls that will work for you during and beyond your time in the program. Ensure the school you select has proper credentials, the administrators are easily identifiable, the student services team is responsive and the school is willing to reach out to employers or other schools on your behalf. It may not seem like rocket science; however, in our experience, there are many schools that will take your money without providing good service and striving to reach your educational goal(s). Saying a program is an online high school is much more than naming your website after one! Good luck in reaching your goals and please consider Franklin Virtual High School in your decision making process. We would be proud to serve you as a FVHS High School Graduate!