Not everyone chooses to obtain their education the same way. There are many students who are not able to attend a traditional school for one reason or another or possibly their parents have chosen for them to be schooled at home. Perhaps someone was unable to complete their high school education due to an illness or an accident. Whatever the reason, there are options for completing your high school education through online courses.
There are many different online schools to choose from. Some are private while others are considered charter schools and are governed by state laws. Most online high schools offer a regular high school diploma at the completion of your educational requirements. Educational requirements do vary from state to state, so it is best to research this when looking at schools. It is also important to determine if the online high school you are looking at is an accredited school. Colleges will not accept coursework done through a school which is not accredited. There may also be some jobs that will not accept high school completion through an unaccredited school.
Because of the increasing popularity of online high schools there are more options available to choose from. Not all online high schools are the same. Some offer only the basic core courses while others offer a huge variety of courses to choose from as well as electives and extra coursework options. Many online high schools also offer a variety of AP courses and even courses that can be taken for college credits as well.
Many state universities are also offering high school courses online now. Many of these courses are designed to be supplemental to your traditional high school career rather than exclusive, so they do not offer diploma programs but may have a program that gives you a full transcript of your coursework completed through their school.
Not all students taking online high school courses are attempting to complete their entire high school career online. Some may just be supplementing their traditional school experience with courses they would not otherwise have access to.