The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average high school graduate in 2002 earned approximately $717 more per month than someone who didn't complete high school. Nowadays, teenagers don't have to attend a traditional high school to gain this competitive advantage; instead, they can now benefit from an online high school education.
Online high schools are ideal for students who suffer from discipline problems, poor academics in a specific area, or have health issues. Students who enjoy working at their own pace, have difficulty concentrating on their work, or need to schedule their schoolwork around a career (such as acting) also benefit from an online high school education.
There are many other benefits to earning a high school diploma online, including:
- For most programs, students can enroll at any time during the year.
- Students can study on their own time and at their own pace.
- Students receive one-on-one instruction and guidance from certified teachers.
Online high schools can either be private or public. Public schools must follow national regulations, while private online high schools act more independently. Some public and private schools offer high school electives that cater to different needs and preferences, such as college prep or career training. Students can earn their online high school diplomas in two to four years, depending on how ambitious they are in their studies.
In 2004, high school graduates were 70% more likely to find jobs compared to those without a high school or GED diploma. The academic programs and career training available from online high schools help graduates to reach their full potential as they enter the workforce.