Penn Foster High School
|Penn Foster High School|
|925 Oak Street
Scranton, Pennsylvania, 18515
|Type||Private high school, Distance education|
|Accreditation||Regional: Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools
National: Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
Penn Foster High School is a U.S. for-profit distance education private high school. The school was founded in 1890, and is now one of the largest high schools in the United States with over 50,000 students currently enrolled across all 50 states. The school is regionally and nationally accredited. It is headquartered in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It offers a complete high school diploma program that students can complete online. The school also offers several online high school concentration programs including an early college program for students looking to get a head start on their college education, as well as vocational concentrations in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, health care, or information technology.
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 for grades 9 through adult by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. and nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
Penn Foster High School is licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.
Better Business Bureau
In 1890, a newspaper editor named Thomas J. Foster founded what would become Penn Foster High School, Penn Foster Career School, and Penn Foster College 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 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 diploma, 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. Penn Foster High School is an open enrollment school, so students can start at any time. Students and graduates can access Penn Foster Career Services, which helps students find a job through resume and cover letter preparation, job search assistance, and interview tips.
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 DEAC Accreditation
- PA Dept of Education Institution Program Search
- NCAA High School Administration
- "BBB Business Review: Penn Foster Career School". BBB serving Metro Washington DC & Eastern Pennsylvania. Better Business Bureau. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
- "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