One often thinks of a modern day high school dropout as one who simply does not value or want to put in the effort to pursue an education. However, today’s students leave high school before graduation for many different reasons. Bullying, health problems, or the simple failure of the local school to provide an appropriate education are all factors. For these students, simply getting your GED online may not be the solution; finding a way to complete high school is.
For those who have dropped out of high school, and wish to obtain their high school diploma, there are many options for correspondence or online schools where age is not a factor. Keystone school is a traditional correspondence school that now offers online classes, and awards an accredited diploma upon completion of the program. Options for a general high school program and a college prep track are available. Another resource is the University of Missouri high school, which allows one to complete high school completely online with no age restriction. Because its graduation requirements are the same as all public schools in the state of Missouri, it is similar to attending a traditional high school. While these are two specific examples, there are a myriad of other such options available. One needs only to begin a search.
For those who are within, or close to, the traditional high school age, and wish to enter college, one option may be to study independently, and create one’s own transcript and diploma. There are a wide variety of materials available for homeschooling, from math books that teach directly to the student to video courses to written materials intended for self-study. Even without a parent overseeing their education, a capable student may be able to plan and organize a high school program for themselves, using one of the many templates and software programs available to create a transcript. It is important to note, however, that it will be important to have outside evidence that supports the grades and classes listed on the transcript, such as strong ACT and SAT scores. For those who have struggled with academics, or who lack self-discipline, this will not be an option.
Finishing high school is a worthy endeavor, and a student should never think that it is too late. One should look for a program that meets their needs, and begin where they are.