What Is An Online High School Like?

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get your high school diploma online? What about transferring to an online high school? Can I transfer my academic credits? How does an online high school work?

We know that you have questions. We want to provide you with as much information as possible to help you make informed decisions about your online high school education. To assist you, we have included a list of our most frequently asked questions. Simply click on the applicable question and you will be directed to the part of the page that addresses that particular issue.

If you do not find an answer to your question below, or if you would like further information, please contact an Admissions Representative at 1-(800) 968-4034 and they will provide you with the information you need. We are available every step of the way!

Types of Paths

Educational Support

About the Program

About the Classes


Answers: Types of Paths


What if I want to attend college?

If you plan to attend college, we can provide you with the high school courses that prepare you for entering college. The Allied National High School College Preparatory Diploma pathway includes the prerequisite courses that most colleges and universities require to meet their admissions requirements. Call an Admissions Representative for details.

What if I only want to take one class?

ANHS allows part-time students to take as many classes as needed to meet your school's graduation requirements. A Transfer of Credit Approval Form will need to be completed and signed by a school official. These courses may include making up a failed course during the school year or over the summer, getting a jumpstart on the upcoming school year, or taking a class for your own enrichment or personal gain.

Can I go to school part-time?

Yes, you can enroll as a part-time student. If you wish to have credit transferred to your school of record, you will need to have the "Transfer of Credit Approval Form" completed by your school counselor. If you are under 18 and wish to attend ANHS exclusively, you will be required to take 5 courses per semester to meet compulsory attendance requirements.

Answers: Educational Support


How do I communicate with my teacher?

At ANHS, we believe that it is critical to have regular and substantial interaction with your instructor. An important part of success with your online high school education is getting the assistance you need from your teachers.

If you have a question or need help, you can leave a message for your teacher through our help ticket system or voice mail system. You can also email your instructor at their Allied email address posted on the Staff Information page in Blackboard. ANHS instructors will respond to your inquiries within
1 business day or less.

Hardware and Software Requirements

NOTE: technology changes frequently. Please contact us if you find that you need assistance with access to Blackboard, links to videos and demonstrations, or to our Virtual Open House.

Technology Requirements listed below are from Blackboard.

Browser Supported Desktop* Browser Versions

  • Chrome** 36+
  • Edge** 1+
  • Firefox 31+
  • Internet Explorer 9+ (Windows only)
  • Safari 6+ (MacOS only)
    * Mobile app versions of these browsers aren't support at this time, although users may have success using them.
    ** Google Chrome versions 42+ and Microsoft Edge do not support NPAPI-type plug-ins including Java plug-ins and many media browser plug-ins. Blackboard doesn't support these browsers for use with the Virtual Classroom and Lightweight Chat tools, the multiple-file upload interface, or embedded media that require NPAPI plug-ins for viewing.

    Tested Devices and Operating Systems
  • A variety of devices and operating systems were used to test the supported browsers. Support is not limited to these specific operating systems. The desktop browser versions above are supported regardless of the particular device or operating system on which they run.
  • Operating Systems used in testing Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, MacOS 10.8, MacOS 10.9, MacOS 10.10, Chrome OS
  • ChromeOS tested device Chromebook (Chrome browser; features requiring NPAPI plug-ins are not supported)

Math Homework

    Math and Science courses require either a fax or scanner to turn in handwritten work.

Answers: About the Program

Will I get a diploma?

Yes, you will get an accredited high school diploma that is fully recognized upon graduation. This means that the diploma has the same value as any traditional high school diploma. It is valid and accepted at colleges, universities, vocational schools and businesses throughout the United States. It is also recognized by the military.

How does the program work?

Once you are enrolled, you will be assigned a username and password in our Learning Management System (Blackboard Academic Suite™). This software will enable you to access your high school classes online.

Simply log on and get started. Create daily reminders for upcoming assignments, view class features and prerequisites, see your grades, and read announcements on the message board. You have all of the necessary resources at your fingertips.

Can I enroll in the program mid-year?

Yes, you can enroll in online high school classes at Allied anytime throughout the year. We offer open enrollment, which means that you can begin classes at any time. You will typically start with other new students, enabling you to participate in group discussions and interact with fellow class members.

What if I want to transfer to another school?

You can easily transfer any credits you have earned at ANHS to another high school. You need to get a Transfer of Credit Approval from your school of record and submit the completed form to ANHS.

What are the requirements for graduation?

Our program provides you with the necessary courses to easily transition from high school to colleges/universities, vocational schools, and the workplace. Graduation requirements will vary with the type of program pathway. Graduation requirements for our College-Prep and General Diploma pathways include:

General High School
Subject # Credits # Credits
Mathematics 3 3
English 4 4
Science 2 lab sciences 2
Social Science 4 4
Fine Arts 1 1 (or one year in Foreign Language)
Foreign Language 2 1 (or one year in Fine Arts)
Health 1 0.5
Electives 3 3.5
Physical Education 2 2
Total 22 20

Learn more about the online curriculum designed specifically for you.

Can I get my GED® through Allied?

No, you cannot get a GED® through ANHS. However, you can get something that is much more valuable – an Allied National High School diploma. An ANHS diploma is fully recognized by colleges, universities, employers, and the military. By choosing to get your high school diploma online, you are choosing a superior education that will open the door to your future.

Answers: About the Classes

Are the courses the same as those at a traditional high school?

Yes, the curriculum is based on the same standards as a traditional high school. You will find the same types of courses in English, math, science, social science, foreign language, health, fine arts, as well as many electives.

How long does it take to finish a class?

You should plan on completing at least one lesson per week. If you find that you can't finish the lesson within a one-week period, you should contact your instructor for assistance. Most classes have approximately 18 lessons.

How long will it take for my work to be graded?

ANHS has two grading options available for students. Our standard grading option stipulates that your assignments will be graded within four business days from the time it is submitted. The accelerated grading option stipulates that your assignments will be graded within two business days. Your instructors will provide detailed feedback with each assignment to help you improve concept mastery.

Can I attend class whenever I want?

Yes, you have access to the course materials 24/7. Whether you choose to complete your lessons late at night or first thing in the morning, you can attend class whenever you choose.

How are exams taken?

Exams are taken online within the Blackboard interface. Each unit and final exam is proctored and can be completed at the student's home, the proctor's home, or a place of business.

What is a proctor?

A proctor is a person over the age of 21 who is not related to you by blood or marriage that can monitor a student while they take an exam. The purpose of having a proctor is to make sure that all students exhibit academic integrity during the assessment process.

How is the science lab requirement completed?

Students purchase lab kits and they complete lab reports as part of their science lessons using the lab kits. Lab kits are available for purchase from http://www.holscience.com/.

How is the physical education requirement completed?

Students that earn their physical education credits at ANHS do so by completing a PE journal, which is signed by a guardian. This journal tracks and verifies the amount of time you spend each semester participating in physical activities of your choosing. 75 hours are required per semester, and a total of four semesters are required for graduation.

Students may also meet this requirement by transferring in physical education credits earned at other accredited schools.

Who will provide me with academic support?

Your instructors are here to assist you and will provide you with personal academic support as needed. Our student service representatives are also here to provide non-academic support services.

When should I expect to receive my diploma?

Upon successful completion of all requirements, your high school diploma will be mailed to you. The time between completion and receipt of your diploma is usually 3–4 weeks.

Will I have to take my courses in a certain order?

It depends. Most core courses have prerequisites that must be met prior to the next course in the series. However, some courses do not have prerequisites.

What is the course deadline/term?

Students are given up to six months from the day of enrollment to complete each semester course in which they are enrolled. Students can complete their courses in a shorter amount of time if they follow the recommendation of completing a minimum of one lesson per course per week.

Are textbooks needed with ANHS courses?

Yes, textbooks or e-books are required for every course. Students can purchase the required textbook, and will be provided with all of the book information required for their courses.

Are the courses all online?

Yes. Each course is delivered through an online platform known as Blackboard. Much of the course content appears online, while there is also a textbook that accompanies each course. Science lab courses also require the purchase of a related lab kit.

Does Allied National High School accept transfer credits?

Yes. Our student services department will evaluate your transcript to determine the courses that can be transferred to our school while also developing a course plan of how many more courses are still needed meet graduation requirements to earn your diploma.

Can I take classes over the summer at ANHS?

Yes. Students may enroll in any of our courses during the summer and work at an advanced rate to meet their school of records deadline for course completion. Most courses will require the completion of two or more assignments per week.

Can I take classes at ANHS and transfer them back to another school?

Yes. Students can have a school official at their school of record fill out a Transfer of Credit Approval Form (TCAF). Once we receive a signed TCAF the student may take the approved classes at our institution and transfer them back to their school of record.

What are the requirements to enroll?

Students must have graduated from 8th grade or be at least 14 years of age to enroll in at ANHS. Students who have been home-schooled and do not have an official transcript or home school portfolio may take the SSAT exam. Students taking the SSAT must score at least 70% on the national norm to be admitted into our program.

Adult students between the ages of 19 and 23 may be considered for admission based on the following conditions:

  • You have been continuously enrolled in a high school academic program of study since your 18th birthday.
  • You are able to provide ANHS with at least an unofficial copy of your most recent high school transcript so it can be reviewed for admission eligibility. The transcript will be used to provide you with a list of courses that will need to be successfully completed to meet our graduation requirements.

Learn more about the enrollment process.

Are there limits around how quickly or slowly I can finish a course?

Yes. You will have up to 6 months per semester to complete the courses in which you are enrolled. If additional time is needed you may contact ANHS prior to the enrollment deadline for a one time 3-month extension.

Should the student need additional time, or let the current enrollment lapse, a re-enrollment fee of $110 per course/per semester is applied to extend the course/semester 6 months.

Students can also complete their courses quicker than the six month deadline date by submitting work more frequently. Students must wait for their work to be graded by their instructor before moving on to the next lesson, but they will do so within our school-wide grading policy of 2 or 4 business days, depending on the students chosen grading option.

Is there a certain amount of credits I will have to transfer to attend your school?

No. We will need to evaluate your transcript in order to place you in the course that best suits your educational level based on your post graduation plans. However, students need to earn a minimum of 25% of their credits at ANHS in order to graduate from our program.

Therefore, students can transfer a maximum of 75% of the credits needed for graduation.

What is the maximum amount of courses I can enroll in with Allied?

We recommend that students do not enroll in more than six courses per semester. Students enrolling in 4-6 courses are considered full-time students. Students enrolling in three courses or less are considered part-time.

As a parent, what are my responsibilities?

Inform your local school district that your child will be enrolled in a distance education environment through an accredited private school, and comply with your state home school laws if required. More information regarding your particular state's compulsory attendance laws may be found at http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/default.asp.


Learn more about the ANHS Learning Coach program.

How often should I check my studentís progress?

Parents are strongly encouraged to check their student's progress at least one time every week. The more proactive parents are, the more successful the students become in their studies.

Answers: About Accreditation

Is Allied National High School Accredited?

Yes. We are regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and AdvancED (which includes NCA-CASI and SACS -CASI). Allied National High School is also nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).

Learn more about our nationally and regionally accredited courses.

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