1. Education
Send to a Friend via Email
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Pros and Cons of Earning Your High School Diploma Online


Female student working on laptop in colleg...
Hero Images/Hero Images/Getty Images
Moving from a traditional school to an online school can be a big transition for any student, whether they are a teenager or a returning adult. Take a look at a few of the pros and cons of the option before making your decision.

    • You can work at your own pace, taking time when you need it and speeding through courses that are easy.

    • You have greater flexibility in your schedule and can arrange your classes around work and other responsibilities.

    • It’s easier to avoid the distractions (peers and parties) of regular school and focus on getting work done.

    • Many students see it as a way to develop their own identity, apart from the social pressures of traditional schools.

    • You won’t have to put up with the “bad influences” or bullies.

    • You may be able to specialize in learning subjects that are interesting to you.

    • Some students are able to earn their diploma early (a few even finish twice as fast as traditional students).

    • Most online programs don’t have the fun elements of traditional high schools such as prom, senior day, graduation, weird hair day, etc.

    • Some subjects (such as writing and math) may be hard to master without a teacher present.

    • Many people find it challenging to focus on completing work when there isn’t an actual teacher there to encourage them on a daily basis.

    • Some students become isolated or anti-social.

    • If your online school is not accredited, your transcripts probably won’t be accepted by businesses and universities.

    • Unless you find an accredited charter school, you can expect to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars on tuition, curriculum, and computer equipment.
  1. About.com
  2. Education
  3. Distance Learning
  4. Online High School
  5. Online High Schools - Pros and Cons

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.