High School Completion Program –Online Program

Offered by: Penn Foster High School

College credits: Up to 5 college transfer credits

Course length: Varies by number of credits needed to obtain diploma


Penn Foster High School is a regionally and nationally accredited online high school. It is one of the largest high schools in the country and graduates over 30,000 students each year. The program is delivered online and can be completed at your own pace. You work on one subject at a time, and take quizzes and exams testing what you have learned along the way -no final exams and no need to focus on multiple subjects at the same time. Penn Foster High School is a program that works around your busy schedule as you work hard to earn your diploma, while balancing your commitments at home and at work. 

As a Penn Foster High School student, you will: 
  • Transfer in prior credits from high school and GED subject tests so you don't waste time
  • Have a personal student success coach from day one, helping you with pacing, goal-setting, and balancing work and school
  • Complete one course at a time to earn your diploma, allowing you to stay focused on one topic at a time
  • Take courses anywhere - Penn Foster's brand new classroom experience, PFx, is mobile-friendly and allows you take classes at your own pace
  • Engage in short lessons that are interactive, include videos, short quizzes, live webinars, and 1:1 tutoring to help you learn and master content
  • Set clear goals and benchmarks to ensure you are on track to graduate on your timeline
  • Have the ability to customize by selecting elective courses around topics you're interested in 
  • Graduate with an accredited high school diploma - learn more about their state licensing, regional and national accreditations here


You will complete at total of 21.5 credits (1 credit per course) to receive your high school diploma. You must take a minimum of 5 credits with Penn Foster - you are able to transfer in up to 16 credits. Requirements for a Penn Foster High School Diploma are based on Pennsylvania graduation requirements. Courses include: 4 English, 3 Math, 3 Science, 3 Social Studies, 2 Arts or Humanities, 1 Health & Physical Education, and 5 electives. Your elective credits are your choice, with focus areas such as vocational areas and college prep courses. 

Cost and Schedule

Guild provides reduced cost education for working adults. We’ll help you have an affordable path to move your education forward.


Guild students may pay as little as 10% of the published course or program cost to learn by taking advantage of:
  • Tuition assistance benefits from your employer.
  • Guild's tuition discount, and no out-of-state tuition costs.


Penn Foster High School is designed to support the needs of working adults.

You will complete one course at a time as you work towards your diploma. You can access your content anywhere - from a mobile device, computer or tablet. You are expected to complete one course month, though average time to complete a course is under three weeks. Your courses are comprised of interactive, self-paced, online content paired with assessments, quizzes, live webinars and 1:1 tutoring to ensure you maintain your desired pace to earn your diploma. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a recognized High School diploma? Is it accredited? 
Penn Foster High School has earned both regional and national accreditation. Accreditation is a public notification that an institution and a program meet the quality standards set forth by the accreditor. It means that Penn Foster High School has been evaluated against a pre-determined set of criteria set forth by the accrediting body.


 | Penn Foster High School is nationally accredited. This means that Penn Foster High School has met the high standards required by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) in Washington, D.C. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. 
 | The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is also a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
 | Penn Foster High School is regionally accredited for grades 9 through adult, by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. 215-662-5603 www.msa-cess.org.
 | Penn Foster High School is nationally accredited by AdvancED. AdvancED is the world leader in providing improvement and accreditation services to education providers of all types in their pursuit of excellence in serving students. AdvancED serves as a trusted partner to more than 32,000 schools and school systems. The North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) are accreditation divisions of AdvancED. This accreditation demonstrates our dedication to continuous improvement in all that we do.

I already have high school credits. Do those count towards my high school diploma?
Penn Foster allows students to transfer in up to 16 of 21.5 credits needed to earn your high school diploma. Work with your Guild advisor to send your high school transcripts for review by Penn Foster's transcript evaluation team. In most cases, Penn Foster is able to give you academic credit for high school transfer credits you’ve already completed - because you’ve earned it. 

To receive high school transfer credits, an official transcript from an accredited institution recognized by Penn Foster must be submitted for evaluation. Transfer credits will be evaluated for comparable high school subjects where a full credit has been earned. Since high school programs vary, only an evaluation by Penn Foster will determine the actual number of transfer credits to be awarded.

Tell me more about Guild Education.
Guild Education partners with employers to offer a variety of online classes, programs, and degrees from top-ranked universities that you can complete while working.

You will get support from a Guild advisor, who will help you find the right program, navigate the financial aid process, and provide you with personal college and career advising to help you navigate the college process from day one to graduation.

To give employees a variety of options, Guild partners with a consortium of universities and learning providers, including Brandman University, Western Governors University, Bellevue University, and StraighterLine, in addition to offering custom content. 

Benefits of partnering with Guild include:
  • A path to finish your degree or take graduate courses, at little to no cost
  • A personal college and career adviser to help you navigate programs and offerings
  • Online classes that allow you to work at your own pace
  • Relevant classes and programs designed to help you advance in your career
  • Credit recognition for past college credits and corporate credits towards your degrees

What are Guild's guiding principles?
  • Students first: We're here to help you, and you come first in our world. In exchange, we expect you give your all and to support your fellow classmates.
  • We learn best by doing: Experimentation, learning by doing, feedback and reflection lay at the core of every learning experience with Guild.
  • Feedback makes us better, in fact, it’s a gift: Practice only makes perfect when we get feedback on how to improve.
  • Reflection is a need-to-have, not a nice-to-have: Reflection allows us to digest the learnings and feedback we’ve received.
  • Community matters: We’re all in this together and we expect all Guild members to appreciate the role we play in each other’s learning experience.