Not graduating from from high school does not have to be end of your life or your career. While you will need to go back to school, there are other options than being in a room with students half your age. One increasingly popular option for students is to go online. There are now more than a hundred accredited programs, and that number is growing rapidly.
One reason that adults choose online high schools is because it is a faceless process. Unless you elect to share your age, few will know that you have children (or grandchildren) of your own. Even if you are at a school that requires students to work together on projects, it is all in your court how much you choose to share with other students.
Some online students, either high school or college, appreciate that facelessness because it allows them a certain amount of freedom. Unlike traditional high school, you do not worry about asking a silly question because no one knows you. You are not worried about looking stupid in front of that person you want to take to the prom! The only worry is learning the material.
You should know that, for various reasons, not all online high schools allow or are permitted to allow adult students. However, many do and you should make sure to clarify with the admissions office at your school of choice that you are an adult student. Trust me, no matter what your age, they will be happy to talk with you and will not be surprised (or judgmental) about your going back to high school.
Online high schools, like at BestOnlineHighSchools.com, can help you succeed where you have had difficulty in the past. You can choose from high schools that provide a lot of support or a more "bare bones" approach. For many of us, high school is a dim memory, so you will want to ask how much support that a school offers. Some schools, like Laurel Springs School, offer a variety of support options based on your needs. Others only have one support option, but it could be the right one for you. Make sure that you ask lots of questions.
It is never too late to change your life. No matter your age, there are people older than you that have gone back and earned their high school diploma. You can, too! It takes some work, some dedication, and some willingness to learn new things, but you can do it.
Thomas Nixon is the author of Complete Guide to Online High Schools. In it, he details how to earn a high school diploma online. The companion website, BestOnlineHighSchools.com, is the premier source of information on online high schools. Tom is also the manager of the college support website, CollegeAdvocates.com. His website is ThomasNixon.com.