Three Specific Schools
Accredited diploma programs for homeschoolers are growing. Here you'll find some well-established programs with multiple accreditations to start with. Each of the programs below runs as a private school for homeschoolers. Accredited diplomas offered through virtual charter schools are public school programs, meaning your student is no longer a homeschooled student under the law.
The Penn Foster Career School offers an accredited high school diploma. Their program only accepts credits from accredited institutions, so this program is best used from the beginning of a student's freshman year. Tuition is about $1,500 per year, including books, toll-free support, and access to career planning programs. The school offers its own financing arrangements. Penn Foster also offers high school diplomas with areas of concentration like college prep or health care.
Laurel Springs School has been popular with homeschoolers for many years, and offers full-year packages which can be customized with options for regular and advanced placement tracks. Although cost will vary according to the courses chosen, a sample freshman year can cost $5,850 - $7,400; sophomore year about $5,700 - $6,750; junior year $6,150 - $7,200, and senior year $6,350 - $6,900. This cost includes books, materials, transcripts, learning styles profile and assessments, testing and record keeping. They also have a middle school program and sample lessons are online. The multiple-child discount is 10%.
For a Christian focus, Bob Jones University's Bridgeway Academy offers four accredited high school diploma tracks: Traditional, Online, Bridgeway Choice, and Higher Education, ranging from about $2,000 to about $4,000. Differences between tracks are in the mixture of textbook only and online courses, along with difficulty levels. With a reputation for rigor, their services include customization, transcripts, assessments and testing. Bridgeway Academy also offers dual enrollment courses which allow high school students to get college credit for work toward their diploma.
With this information and selection of schools, I hope you are empowered to make an informed decision!