Penn Foster High School

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Penn Foster High School
Penn Foster High School Logo.jpg
Address
925 Oak Street
Scranton, Pennsylvania, 18515
United States
Information
Type Private high school, Distance education
Established 1890
Status Open
President Joseph Gagnon
Grades 9-12
Enrollment Approx. 45,000
School colour(s) Blue, black, white
Accreditation Regional:
Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools
National:
Distance Education and Training Council
Website

Penn Foster High School is a U.S. for-profit distance education private high school. The school was founded in 1890, and was known as "International Correspondence Schools", or "ICS". The school is regionally and nationally accredited. It is headquartered in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It offers a complete high school diploma program in which students can study online, in print, or in combination.

In December 2009, Penn Foster High School was purchased by test preparation and educational support company The Princeton Review from its previous owner, the Wicks Group, a private equity firm[1][2] that had bought the high school from Thomson Corporation in 2007.[3]

Accreditation[edit]

Penn Foster High School is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools[4] and nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).[5] Penn Foster Career School (Penn Foster High School's parent school) is licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.[6] The school is registered with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearing House.[7]

History[edit]

In 1890, a newspaper editor named Thomas J. Foster founded the school to provide coal miners with the education they needed to advance in their careers and increase worker safety. At the turn of the century, the school was officially known as the International Correspondence Schools (ICS), and one out of every 27 adults in the US had taken an ICS course. In December 2009, Penn Foster college was purchased by test preparation and educational support company The Princeton Review from its previous owner, the Wicks Group, a private equity firm that had bought the high school from Thomson Corporation in 2007. On May 18, 2012, the Princeton Review brand name and operations were bought for $33 million by Charlesbank Capital Partners, a private-equity firm. The parent company was renamed Education Holdings 1, Inc.[8] In 2013, Education Holdings 1 filed for bankruptcy; it exited two months later.[9][10]

Academics[edit]

Penn Foster High School allows students to earn their high school degree, regardless of how much high school they may have already completed. All students take a core curriculum of classes, as well as five elective courses. Students may use these elective courses to focus on specific industries, such as Health-Care, Information Technology, and Building Technology, or may take approved college level courses.[11] Successful graduates gain access to the Penn Foster Career Services, which helps students find a job through resume and cover letter preparation, job search assistance, and interview tips. Career Services also helps students search for and gain admission to postsecondary institutions across the country. All Penn Foster programs are non-synchronous, meaning they can be started at any time.

Social groups and clubs[edit]

  • Photography Club
  • Friends of Hope
  • 20's Club
  • DIY Club
  • Cooking Club
  • Night Owls
  • Stand Strong
  • Book Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Student Council
  • Science Club
  • Quote Club
  • Words of Faith
  • Penn Foster Pet Club
  • Writers and Poetry Club

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Coordinates: 41°26′51″N 75°40′06″W / 41.447547°N 75.668351°W / 41.447547; -75.668351