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    Feb 4, 2007, 07:13 AM
    Online high school - diploma
    My son, age 18, had to withdraw recently from public high school in CT due to medical/psychological reasons.
    His grade have dropped significantly this past year or so, but credit-wise he is only short .5 (half) a credit in English 4.
    His doctor could write a letter requiring the school to provide tutoring for his .5 credit... this is called the "homebound" program. This would cost the city for payment to the tutor. He would rather take the credit from an accredited (by a recognized regional accreditation board) Online High School called Keystone. I am willing to pay for this. But thus far the board of education is unwilling to accept this credit towards his diploma... they say they've never heard of online high school, don't want to set a precedent, etc. The alternative is to transfer all 20+ of his credits earned at his public high school these past 4 years to the online school and then he would earn his diploma from the online high school... but only after meeting their core requirements which would involve an additional 2 credits plus the .5 that he needs.
    This makes me a little nervous because I don't know how a diploma from an online hs will be received by colleges.?
    To me this is crazy and archaic.
    Any thoughts or advice?Any experience with Keystone or other online high schools?
    Kim
    Thanks
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    Feb 4, 2007, 08:38 AM
    In most states online high school falls under the "home school" area and most high schools are slow to accept any credits from home school.

    As in most home school children have little problem getting into college but will have to take the college entrance exams


    And there are millions of children being home schooled today, and that is all that online high school is, a method of home schooling.
    There are various levels of homeschool, one like this, where the school controls all the class work, does the grading and issues the dipolma, others merely supply the material and the parent does the grading and testing, and then where the parent decides what is learned and only buys matieral to be used.

    This is the link to the home school legal defense association, I would contact them for some legal advice.
    Homeschool: HSLDA-Home School Legal Defense Association:
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    Mar 2, 2007, 02:18 PM
    Hi,
    I cannot speak to CT, however, in NJ the state is required to provide a home school program. Did you pursue this?
    Good Luck
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    Mar 26, 2007, 06:04 PM
    There are many possible choices out there for online high schools. One source for accredited programs is BestOnlineHighSchools.com. It is a directory of these kinds of programs.

    As for whether they would be accepted by colleges, the answer is probably "yes" if:

    a. the program is regionally or nationally accredited; and
    b. that accreditor is listed at http://www.chea.org.


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    Mar 31, 2007, 11:41 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Fr_Chuck
    In most states online high school falls under the "home school" area and most high schools are slow to accept any credits from home school.

    As in most home school children have little problem getting into college but will have to take the college entrance exams

    Keystone high school is connected with Bosie Univ
    Boise State University

    And there are millions of children being home schooled today, and that is all that online high school is, a method of home schooling.

    Just to clarify, Keystone National High School is not connected with Boise State. It is a private, commercial company located in Pennsylvania. It is accredited by both DETC and NAAS, a not common occurrence. You can see information on it here:

    Keystone National High School

    And, while it may technically be true that you could call it homeschooling, many students who pursue online high schools, do not. I guess you could say that homeschooling is a state of mind, in a sense. Certainly most states treat those online high schools with regional accreditation in the same manner as brick & mortar high schools


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    May 6, 2007, 04:05 PM
    If I get a high school diploma form belford universitie would it be valid in ny state
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    May 6, 2007, 05:31 PM
    The short answer is "no" for almost all purposes. It is not accredited by a recognized accreditor and the model they use does not result in an acceptable high school diploma.


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    Apr 19, 2008, 12:05 PM
    Actually what has been suggested are not the best answers because the OP is looking for high schools. A better choice would be:

    http://www.BestOnlineHighSchools.com

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