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How do colleges view online high schools compared to traditional high schools?

Posted by Sterling Staff on Oct 20, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Getting into college is already tough enough; acceptances are often left to the discretion of admissions officers, who may be looking for a reason to reject an applicant. Some may be hesitant to attend an online private school because of the worry that a college admissions officer may not view the school as a “real” school.

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Why a high school diploma is better than a GED

Posted by Sterling Staff on Oct 13, 2014 9:00:00 AM

There’s a misconception that passing the General Education Development (GED) exam and earning a high school diploma are the same thing. But they’re worlds apart. The average GED-holder earns only $18,776 a year, and 95 percent of them will drop out of four-year college programs. Three-quarters of GED holders don’t make it through a career training program. Most employers and the military prefer applicants with an actual high school diploma. To make it very clear how GEDs aren’t enough, two economists have found that, essentially, earning a GED is almost the same as dropping out of high school altogether.

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