Students who live in the state of New Jersey and are interested in completing their high school education online have a number of options to choose from. This article will explore five of these options in greater detail by covering details about each program, including course offerings and unique program characteristics, as well as New Jersey state graduation requirements.
Online High Schools in New Jersey
The table below outlines five online high school programs in the state of New Jersey by covering whether the program is private or public and highlights special attributes of each program that may be of interest to students.
|School Name||Type||Unique Attributes/Considerations|
|View High School||Private||Options to transfer courses for college credit, course content delivered via video, regular teacher office hours|
|Stanford Online High School||Private||Advanced coursework, virtual clubs, in-person meet-ups, large course catalog, counseling services|
|Forest Trail Academy||Private||Military discount, Advanced Placement courses, dual enrollment options, credit recovery options|
|K12 International Academy||Private||Destinations Career Program, college and career counseling, summer school, large catalog of courses|
|The Keystone School||Private||Advanced Placement classes, large course catalog, credit recovery courses, guidance counselors|
Source: School Websites
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Description of Online High Schools in New Jersey
Students and their parents who are thinking about the possibility of online high school should consider a number of different factors before making a decision. One key factor that is worth thinking about is the personality and motivation of the student who is considering enrolling. Students who generally require a greater deal of teacher oversight when completing their schoolwork may want to keep in mind that online high school programs are generally much more independent and often entail that the student takes initiative in making sure they get their work done on time and to a high degree of quality. This flexibility may be better suited to some students than others, especially those who need more free time to devote to work, hobbies, or other extracurricular activities. Below, we will look at five of the online programs available to students in New Jersey.
View High School
View High School is a private online high school that is based in California, though students from all over the country, including New Jersey, are eligible to enroll. While enrolled at View, students can access their courses through View's online learning platform, which using video lessons and interactive content as the primary means of instruction. Students who need additional help are able to contact instructors during their regularly scheduled office hours. It is also possible for View students to transfer some of the credit they earn while enrolled at View into college credit, depending on the rules of the college they attend and which courses they take at View.
Stanford Online High School
Stanford Online High School is a private online preparatory high school that offers students a large number of courses to choose from. This program has designed their curriculum to offer students a high level of challenge, as they offer a variety of Advanced Placement courses, as well as courses that they describe as being beyond AP in all subject areas. Beyond academics, this program also offers students the opportunity to participate in virtual clubs like robotics club or running club, as well as regular in-person meet-ups. This school also offers its students a full range of counseling services to help them select courses, transfer credit, apply for college, or handle any other issues they may be experiencing.
Forest Trail Academy
Forest Trail Academy is another online private school option for students who live in New Jersey, though it is available to students from all over the country. This program offers students a wide variety of courses to choose from including Advanced Placement courses as well as credit recovery courses. Forest Trail Academy also has dual enrollment options for its students, allowing them to simultaneously earn high school and college credit. This program also offers military members and veterans a discount off of tuition.
K12 International Academy
K12 International Academy is a private online high school that is available to students in New Jersey, as well as students from all over the world. One of K12's most unique characteristics is its Destinations Career Program. Through this program, students take various aptitude and career tests to determine their natural skills and interests and then are able to enroll in related elective courses. After completing these courses, students are eligible to earn career certifications. K12 International Academy also offers a large number of courses, a summer school program, and college and career counseling.
The Keystone School
The Keystone School is another online private school option that students from New Jersey may want to consider. They offer an exceptionally large number of courses, over 170, including a wide variety of electives and Advanced Placement courses. In addition, they also have a number of credit recovery courses for students who need to retake courses they previously failed or didn't complete. The school also offers students access to guidance counselors, who can help students as they select courses and navigate the college admissions process.
Regulations for Online High Schools in New Jersey
New Jersey educational requirements state that students must complete 20 credits of language arts, 15 credits of mathematics, 15 credits of science, 15 credits of social studies, and 3.75 credits per year of health and physical education. In addition, students must complete 10 credits of visual and performing arts credits and/or career education and life skills courses, 5 credits of world languages, and 15 additional elective credits. However, student who enroll in private online schools will not receive a high school diploma that is endorsed by the state of New Jersey, meaning they will need to check with universities and colleges to make sure their diploma fulfills admission requirements.