Penn Foster High School
|Penn Foster High School|
|925 Oak Street
Scranton, Pennsylvania, 18515
|Type||Private high school, Distance education|
|School colour(s)||Blue, black, white|
Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools
Distance Education and Training Council
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 that had bought the high school from Thomson Corporation in 2007.
Penn Foster High School is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools and nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). Penn Foster Career School (Penn Foster High School's parent school) is licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools. The school is registered with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearing House.
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. In 2013, Education Holdings 1 filed for bankruptcy; it exited two months later.
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. 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
- 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
- Princeton Review completes Penn Foster acquisition, Yahoo! Finance News, December 8, 2009
- The Wicks Group of Companies, L.L.C. Completes Sale of Penn Foster Education Group, press release, PR Newswire, December 8, 2009
- The Wicks Group of Companies (New York) (acquisition of Education Direct Inc.), Business Publisher, April 1, 2007
- Penn Foster High School Middle States Accreditation
- Penn Foster High School DETC Accreditation
- PA Dept of Education Institution Program Search
- NCAA High School Administration
- "Princeton Review to sell test prep business name". Associated Press. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
- Penn Foster parent seeks bankruptcy protection
- Ex-Princeton Review Owner Wins OK For Ch. 11 Exit Plan