Complete List of 100+ Free Online High Schools



Online high schools can be a way for students to take high school classes and graduate at their own pace, without having to adhere to strict schedules and the distractions of a traditional school. So

if you feel that an in-person school isn’t right for you for whatever reason, an online school might be the perfect fit.

In this article, we’ll give you

a list of all the (tuition free!) online high schools available in each U.S. state

. We’ll also explain how online high schools work and why an online high school could be right for you.

So let’s get started!

What Is an Online High School?


An online high school is any school that teaches and takes place virtually, rather than in-person. Some online high schools are hybrid programs where students must spend a portion of their time in a physical location, but a fully online high school program takes place completely virtually.

Students in completely online programs do not go to a physical building to learn each day, but instead

are allowed to learn in any place with an internet connection,

taking courses online and typically interacting with their teachers via virtual classrooms, through email, and/or over the phone.

A typical school day for students enrolled in online high schools is much like a typical day for other public school students, with about five to six hours spent learning and engaging in classwork, and additional time spent on homework. So, although students can generally set their own schedules with an online school,

the amount of time required for coursework and studies remains the same whether the school takes place online or in person.

In addition to the standard coursework, many online high school programs offer school activities, trips, contests, and virtual clubs to help students interact and get to know one another. So online students can often reap many of the same benefits they could get from an in-person school, with all the additional perks of attending school online.

Different Types of Online High Schools



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ust like physical schools, online high schools can be divided into two broad categories of public and private schools. And just like physical schools, the differences between the two types can be broken down like so:


Online public high



schools

(which can also be charter schools) use state-licensed and certified teachers,

charge NO tuition

, follow state education standards, and award you with a legal high school diploma upon completion of the required credits and courses. These schools are government funded, just like physical public schools.


Online private high schools

follow their own education requirements and standards (rather than state standards),

charge tuition,

and will ultimately award you with a high school diploma once you have completed the program. These schools are privately funded, just like with physical private schools.


Whether private or public,

many online schools require their students to be a resident of the state or a particular school district,

while other schools accept students

who live in any state

or school district (or students who have no fixed address). Other online schools accept out-of-state students, but charge them tuition that in-state students do not have to pay. U


ltimately, it’s up to the applicant to double-check whether the school of their choice has any restrictions based on a student’s address.


Not every state has an online public school, so students who live in one of these states (or students who have no fixed address) and want to attend high school online must either enroll in an online school that accepts out of state students or in a private online high school.


If money is your main concern, then public school is definitely the way to go.

List of All Free Online High Schools in the US


Because we’re focusing on only the

free

online high schools in this article, we’re only listing online public high schools in the U.S.

After the list of the online public schools in the States, we’ll give a breakdown of the benefits of attending an online high school and whether or not it could be the right fit for you.

To navigate more quickly to your state of choice, click on one of the states below:


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Iowa

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Maine

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Michigan

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Minnesota

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Mississippi

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Nevada

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New Hampshire

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New Jersey

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New Mexico

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North Carolina

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Pennsylvania

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South Carolina

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South Dakota

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Texas

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Utah

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Washington

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West Virginia

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Wisconsin

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Wyoming

[Note: if your state is not listed, it does not currently have a free online high school.]


Click here

to skip the list and go straight to reading about reasons to attend an online high school.


Alabama


Alabama Virtual Academy


Conch County Virtual School


Alaska



Fairbanks Correspondence



KPBSD Connections



Frontier Charter School



iGrad Alaska


Arizona


Arizona Connections Academy



Arizona Virtual Academy



ASU Prep Digital (Arizona State)



Catalina Online Learning Experience



Hope High School Online



Humanities and Sciences/International Commerce High School



Insight Academy of Arizona



Pinnacle Online High School



Primavera Online High School



Sequoia Choice Distance L



earning



Southern Arizona Community Academy


Arkansas



Arkansas Virtual Academy


California



Compass Charter Schools

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Available for students living in: Contra Costa, Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Orange, Riverside, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Solano, Sonoma, Tulare and Ventura counties)



California Connections Academy

, a consortium of four different schools:



  • Capistrano

    (available for students living in:

    Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties)




  • Central

    (available for students living in:

    Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties)






  • North Bay

    (available for students living in:

    Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and Yolo counties)







  • Ripon

    (available for students living in:

    Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, and Stanislaus counties)





California Virtual Academies



Clovis Online School


(Available for students living in:


Fresno, Inyo, Kings, Madera, Merced, Mono, Monterey, San Benito, and Tulare counties)




Delta Charter Online



Gateway Virtual Academy


(Available for students living in: Merced, Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Stanislaus, Santa Clara, San Benito, and Tuolumne counties)



Insight Schools of California



iQ Academy of California, Los Angeles


(Available for students living in: Los Angeles, Kern, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura counties)



Keith McCarthy Academy


(Available for students living in the Lake Elsinore School District)



Method Schools


(Available for students living in: Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura, and Kern counties)



Moreno Valley Online Academy


(Available for students living in the Moreno Valley Unified School District)


Riverside Virtual School


Colorado



70 Online


(Available for students living in the Pueblo County School District 70)



Colorado Preparatory Academy



Colorado Virtual Academy



Destinations Career Academy of Colorado



Grand River Academy



Peak Virtual Academy


(Available for students living in the Montrose School District)



Pikes Peak Online School



PSD Global Academy



Springs Studio for Academic Excellence



World Academy

(available for students living in Eagle County)


Florida



Bay Virtual Instruction Program


(Available for students living in Bay County)



Calhoun Virtual Instruction Program


(Available for students living in Calhoun County)



Clay Virtual Academy


(Available for students living in Clay County)



Collier Virtual School


(Available for students living in Collier County)



Florida Cyber Charter Academy


(Available for students living in Clay, Duval, Hillsborough, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, and Osceola Counties)


Florida Virtual School



Franklin Virtual Instruction Program


(Available for students living in Franklin County)



Glades Virtual Instruction Program


(Available for students living in Glades County)



Indian River Virtual Instruction Program


(Available for students living in Indian River County)



Jackson County Virtual Instruction Program


(Available for students living in Jackson County)



Liberty County Virtual Instruction Program


(Available for students living in Liberty County)



Madison County Virtual School


(Available for students living in Madison County)



Miami-Dade Online Academy


(Available for students living in Miami-Dade County)



Mosaic Digital Academy


(Available for students living in Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties)



MyDistrict Virtual School


(Available for students living in: Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lafayette, Levy, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Putnam, and Union counties)





Nassau County Virtual School


(Available for students living in Nassau County)





Okaloosa County Virtual School


(Available for students living in Okaloosa County)



Osceola Virtual School


(Available for students living in Osceola County)



Polk County Virtual School


(Available for students living in Polk County)



Santa Rosa Online


(Available for students living in Santa Rosa County)



Sarasota Virtual School


(Available for students living in Sarasota County)



St. Johns County Virtual School



(Available for students living in St. Johns County)



Volusia Virtual School



(Available for students living in Volusia County)






Washington County Virtual School



(Available for students living in Washington County)


Georgia



Georgia Cyber Academy



Thomas County Virtual Program


(Available to students living in: Thomas, Brooks, Mitchell and Colquitt counties)



Wilcox County Schools Online Education Program


(Available to students living in Wilcox County)


Hawaii



Hawaii Technology Academy


Idaho


Gem Prep Online

(available to students living in southeast Idaho)


Icon: Idaho Connects Online School


Idaho Connections Academy


Idaho Distance Education Academy



Idaho Technical Career Academy



Idaho Virtual Academy


iSucceed Virtual High School


Illinois



Cambridge Academy at Cambridge Lakes Charter School



Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired


Indiana



Hoosier Academies


Iowa



Iowa Virtual Academy


Kansas


Basehor-Linwood Virtual School



Haven Virtual Academy



Insight School of Kansas



Insight School of Kansas Adult



Kansas Connections Academy



Kansas Virtual Academy



Lawrence Virtual School



Turning Point Virtual Program


Louisiana



Lincoln Preparatory School



Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy



Mentorship Academy



Southern University Laboratory Virtual School


Vernon Parish School District


Maine


Maine Virtual Academy


Massachusetts



Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School


TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School


Michigan



Insight School of Michigan



Jenison International Academy




(Available to students who live in Ottawa, Kent, Muskegon, Newaygo, Montcalm, Ionia, Barry, and Allegan counties)



Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy



Michigan Virtual Charter Academy


Westwood Cyber High School


Minnesota



Bluesky Charter School



eMinnesota Online Academy



Insight School of Minnesota



iQ Academy Minnesota



LinK¹² Lakeville



Minnesota Connections Academy



Minnesota Virtual Academy



Minnesota Virtual High School



MN Online High School



VIBE Academy


Wolf Creek Online Charter School


Mississippi


Mississippi Virtual Public School


Nevada


Nevada Connections Academy



Nevada Virtual Academy



Northeastern Nevada Virtual Academy


New Hampshire


Virtual Learning Academy


New Jersey




People’s Prep Charter School





(Available to students residing within the city of Newark)


New Mexico



New Mexico Virtual Academy


North Carolina


North Carolina Virtual School


Ohio



Ohio Connections Academy



Ohio Distance and Electronic Learning Academy



Ohio Virtual Academy



TRECA Digital Academy


Oklahoma



Insight School of Oklahoma



Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy


Oregon



Albany Online!



Bend-La Pine Schools Online


(Available to students in grades K–12 residing in the Bend-La Pine district and surrounding areas.)



Crater Lake Charter Academy


(Available to students residing in Jackson County School District and neighboring districts)



Hermiston Online Program


(Students from Hermiston district preferred, but will accept out of district students)



Insight School of Oregon—Painted Hills



North Wasco Virtual Academy



Oregon Connections Academy



Oregon Virtual Academy


Pennsylvania


21st Century Cyber Charter School


Achievement House Cyber Charter School



Agora Cyber Charter School



Bald Eagle Area Cyber Academy


(Available to students who reside within district)



Bangor Area School District Cyber School


(Available to students who reside in Bangor, East Bangor, Portland, and Roseto, Lower Mount Bethel, Upper Mount Bethel, and Washington.)



Berks Online Learning


(Available to students residing in Berks County.)



Boyertown Area School District



Brandywine Heights Area School District



Carlisle Area School District



Central PA Digital Learning Foundation



Conestoga Valley Virtual Academy


(Available to students residing in Conestoga Valley School District)



Ephrata Virtual Academy


(Available to students residing in the Ephrata Area School District)


Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School



Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School



Reach Cyber Charter School



Southeast Delco School District



Steelton-Highspire School District


(Available to students in the Steelton-Highspire School District)



Tulpehocken Virtual Academy


(Available to students in Tulpehocken Area School District.)


South Carolina



Odyssey Online Learning


South Carolina Connections Academy



South Carolina Virtual Charter School


South Dakota



Black Hills Online Learning Community

Texas



Texas Online Preparatory School



Texas Virtual Academy


Texas Virtual School Network

Utah



Utah Virtual Academy

Washington



Insight School of Washington



Internet Academy



Mid Columbia Partnership



North Franklin Virtual Academy


(Available to students residing within North Franklin District)



Washington Virtual Academies

West Virginia


West Virginia Virtual School

Wisconsin



Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin



IQ Academy



Mighty River Virtual Academy



Oregon School District Online



Sparta Area School District



Wisconsin Rapids Virtual School Program


(Available to students residing in Wisconsin Rapids School District)



Wisconsin Virtual Academy



Wisconsin Virtual Learning

Wyoming



Washakie #1 Online




(Available for students living in Washakie #1 County school district)


Wyoming Connections Academy



Wyoming Virtual Academy




Reasons to Attend an Online High School


Attending high school online isn’t right for everyone, but for some, it can be the best way to earn a high school diploma. If you’re thinking about enrolling in an online public school, you may want to think about whether these reasons apply to you and your circumstances.

Schedule and Study Flexibility

Taking courses online, rather than in person, allows students to set their own study schedules. As long as you engage in the school program for the necessary number of hours per week and complete your assignments,

most programs allow you to study when and where you want.

So if you’re someone who has an outside interest that takes considerable time nonnegotiable commitments–dedicated athletes, artists, people working full time, or anyone else who has to commit hours outside of school every week–attending high school online can give you the necessary flexibility to balance school with your other activities.

Set Your Own Learning Pace


Online high schools allow students to learn at their own pace, whether that pace is faster or slower than that of a typical physical public school.


Because the courses in an online program are self-directed, this allows students to set their own learning speed,

rather than feeling frustrated that a class is going too fast or too slow based on the needs of a whole group of students.



So if you are an academic achiever who wants to get ahead of your grade/age level, or a


re someone who is falling behind academically and need to slow down from your grade/age level, an online high school experience might be the right fit for you.


Study From Home or on the Move



There are endless reasons why taking classes and studying from home may be preferable to taking classes at a physical school. For these people, taking classes online is the perfect way to stay in school without being beholden to attending school physically.



Perhaps you have a family that frequently moves and so cannot stay in one place for long enough to attend a physical school. Perhaps you are someone who d


oesn’t have easy access to a physical school or feels that nearby schools are unsuitable for whatever reason. Or perhaps you are someone with a chronic medical condition or someone who needs to be otherwise home bound.

In these life situations and many others, online high schools can provide the accommodation and adaptability that so many students need to complete their studies.

Option for People Who Never Finished High School

On average, people who receive a high school diploma earn more than those who receive a GED. If you’re someone who never attended or completed high school for any reason, you might think about earning an official diploma rather than testing out for your GED.

An online high school program could be the right fit for you if you

never completed high school, but

still want the full high school experience and an accredited diploma to show for it.

What’s Next?


Want to learn more about online high school programs?

Check out

what it means for a high school to be accredited and how to avoid non-accredited online schools

.


Still undecided whether or not an online high school is right for you?

Learn more about

the pros and cons of attending an online high school

.


Thinking about different kinds of alternative schools (other than online)?

Check out our

guide to alternative schools and how they might be the right fit for you

.