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USCI High School

Typical High School Online Classes

By: Katelyn Fahrenbruck Weston

If you didn't finish high school, online courses make it easier for you to get your diploma. A high school online curriculum is very similar to that of in-person schools. But the online environment makes it easier to fit your education into your busy schedule. It can also be faster to take high school classes online. 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 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.


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.