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Typical High School Online Classes

By: Katelyn Fahrenbruck Weston

If you didn't finish high school or are looking for alternatives to a traditional school, online courses can make it easier for you to get your diploma. USCI's online high school curriculum is in line with Colorado state standards and follows the requirements of in-person schools. But the online environment makes it easier to fit your education into your busy schedule. For students who started high school in person, those credits may be transferable to an online program.

What to Expect from a High School Online Curriculum

High School Online Classes Curriculum include normal public school subjects. You'll need to earn the same number of  credits  to get your diploma. Requirements include credits in math, science, English language arts, and social studies. You'll also be able to choose classes based on your interests. When you complete high school online programs, your diploma shows that you received a high school diploma. There is no difference between this and traditional diplomas.

Core Class Requirements

‘Core Classes’ are the general classes that everyone needs to take to get their high school diploma, these include:


High school math helps students build logic and problem-solving skills. Courses expand on math concepts introduced in middle school. Students also explore more advanced math. Classes include algebra, geometry, precalculus, calculus, and trigonometry.

English Language Arts

ELA courses help students improve communication skills. Students read both classic and modern texts. Further, they hone their comprehension and analytical skills. You'll work on vocabulary and grammar as you improve your writing skills. Classes may focus on topics such as creative writing, poetry, or the works of influential writers.

Social Studies

Social Studies give students a better understanding of their world. You'll learn about government, politics, and important world events. Courses include U.S. history and government, world history, and economics.


Science teaches students how the world works. It uses the proven scientific method to answer questions. Courses often include labs that require students to conduct experiments and report their findings. Topics covered in high school online courses include biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics.

Along with the core class requirements, students are also required to take a certain number of elective credit hours. Electives available vary depending on the school or program. Along with a variety of typical electives U.S. Career Institutes Online High School also offers a Career Pathways Program that can give students a jumpstart towards a career in healthcare, fitness, veterinary science, paralegal, or business.