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Is This Legit Or Ripoff?
Posted by Mad at you on 12/29/2007
My son needs his HS diploma and this seems easier than going back to school for a year. Just wondering if anyone has done this. Is this legit? Or a ripoff?

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Posted by *Brenda* on 2007-12-29:
Beats me but if it sounds too good to be true it usually is.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2007-12-29:
Get with your Local Board of Education...they have GED classes available and the diploma's are recognized by most higher learning schools and employers
. Don't fall for spending a lot of cash.
Posted by furnitureman on 2007-12-29:
Just because it's easier doesn't mean it's better
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-12-29:
I agree with all 3 replies so far.
Posted by Starlord on 2007-12-29:
Basically, I agree with the others, but am somewhat confused, as your post does not make a lot of sense. More details would be most helpful. From what you said, I take it your son needs his high school diploma, and he has to go back to school? I don't see how this is a rip-off. Don't feel bad, I was asked by a prospective employer for a transcript from my high school. I told them they would have to send for it and gave them the address. Indiana law is specific. Anyone can write and say they are thinking of hiring me, and they get a copy of my transcript with no problem. They cannot, by law, send me a copy of my transcript. I think that trumps your situation.
Posted by mad at you on 2007-12-29:
Sorry my post made no sense star.My son (not a good student)quit school middle 11th grade, did finish 2yrs. vo-tech though.He is not planning to be a doctor. He is a certified and competent welder.In order to work in a large manufacturing center he needs his H.S. diploma,without it he works for small companys,no benifits.I agree the H.S. is best.At near twenty he is not going back now.I'm just asking if a diploma from Jefferson would be any good.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2007-12-29:
mad...GO TO YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD AND ASK ABOUT THE GED PROGRAM! don't get ripped off. Please try there first!
Posted by Jambra on 2007-12-29:
It's a diploma mill. You pay money and get a diploma, no studying necessary. If a company finds out about it, not only will your son not get the job, it could also affect any future applications. It's also dishonest. If he wants a high school diploma, he can get a GED.
Posted by Ponie on 2007-12-29:
I agree with the others. The diploma you buy isn't worth the paper it's written on. Get him in the GED program. Display some 'tough love'--keep after him to study so he'll get that diploma. He won't think so now, but later in life he'll thank you for keeping after him.
Posted by CrystalSword on 2007-12-29:
Unfortunately, I only completed 9th grade back in the 60's, my parents felt they needed me at home to babysit more than I needed to complete my education. Dad's reasoning was that I would probably end up pregnant and have to get married anyhow...how wrong he was!!!

Anyhow, I finally applied at a place where I had to have my diploma or at the very least a GED...no time for night school, no transportation to go to the place where the GED testing was for both days...I borrowed a vehicle for ONE day. Normally the GED test is given in 5 parts, 2 on the first day and the other 3 on the next day, total time for the testing was 6 1/2 hours. I went to the community college and asked if could challenge the test, take it all in one day and not go through night school...they laughed, but said it was my money.

Mind you, I had been out of school for 17 years and had been through a couple miserable marriages, and had three kids, but I had to have a decent job to support them. I took the first two sections of the test and was the first one finished, I asked for the 3rd test...teacher said "tomorrow"...I told her, my wheels wouldn't be available the next day, so she relented and gave me the third test, then the 4th and shaking her head finally gave me the 5th test...completed in one day, in 3 1/2 hours.

I got my GED in the mail two days later, an average grade of a B+ and a hand written note from the teacher and the main office that neither of them thought I had a prayer, but after correcting the first two tests while I took the 3rd, she had no doubt that I could pull it off.

Good luck to your son, if I could do it after being out of school 17 years, he can do it!
Posted by jktshff1 on 2007-12-29:
Crystal, Great Post. Proud to make your acquaintance.
Ya are what you make yourself out to be. (BA)
Had kinda the same problem with my dad.
Ya got my trust.
Posted by Starlord on 2007-12-29:
Mad, now that you have provided some more info, I understand your post. CrystalSword is my other half, and I am proud of her for what she did. I barely graduated from high school (long story,) and was upset when my sister took the test for a GED. I didn't feel it was fair I hung in there and earned my diploma, and my sister quit and later went back and took a test and had a piece of paper that was as accepted as my diploma. After a while, I came around to the belief that she worked as hard to earn her GED as I did my diploma. Have your son take the GED test. Every place I have ever seen counts the GED as the same level as a high school diploma. Jefferson is, as someone pointed out, a diploma mill, you pay your money and they do issue you an impressive diploma that isn't worth the powder it would take to blow it to he**. I wish your son the best of luck, I am at the end of my working life, having become disabled, and wish I could get a job again. I never thought I would, but I miss having a job and despise enforced inactivity. Have him get his GED, please. He won't regret that like he would the embarrasment of getting fired because of fraudulent paperwork.
Posted by mad at you on 2007-12-29:
Thanks to you all,that is what I was thinking worthless piece of paper.Maybe he realizes how important it is and
will go get the GED.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2007-12-30:
MAKE HIM GET THE GED....looks as if you have some say so in what he does.
Posted by Roq5 on 2008-01-22:
Hello all,
I am in a similar situation, and I read the info for Jefferson High online program becuase I am looking into helping my husband get his GED. When I arrived at the "accreditation" information, it clearly states that only the "International Accrediting Body of Online Schools" accreditates this diploma...reading further it gets rather wordy (like me ;p) and basically says nothing except they are accredited by the IABOS...which does not help my husband, as the jobs he is looking for are not a part of the IABOS. He is a manager of a sporting goods store, and we'll be moving to a bigger city in a few months, but the jobs we're trying to find will not accept "work experience" over a diploma. Also,where we live right now there are no GED courses offered and he will have to drive about 2 hours to the nearest class/testing facility. This is impossible with his schedule at work...Any suggestions?
Posted by 1MoreTime on 2008-07-31:
Well I do not know about Jefferson high school much. But man i been Researching for negative feedback on this school and I found none. my step brother took this GED test pass it and pay, in days he got his diploma and got a job. I guess now a days you can get anything online. look at all the school online. any degree you want is online.So why not try it..
Posted by DannyJax on 2008-08-07:
Both my mother and sister got their diplomas through a program that evaluates your documented work experience in exchange for credits towards your diploma. Neither of them have had anyone refuse the diploma. My sister was teaching for years with that diploma.

A diploma mill is a place you pay money for a certificate and are not required to test or prove you have worked and learned enough to deserve it. Jefferson requires you to take the test and pass. I own my own company, I would not refuse their certificate if a person used it to get a job with us.

My sons took online courses and have OSHA, Microsoft and A+ Certifications. Valid certs that CSX, Our City, Comcast Cable and several other companies accepted. Online Schools that require testing are are a viable alternative to traditional schools that require testing.
Posted by DannyJax on 2008-08-07:
Here is a link that is informative. on the subject

Posted by LatinSue on 2008-09-16:
I may be too late to help the original poster, but I hope that anyone else who reads this information will take what I have to say to heart. PLEASE do not buy into these types of scams! This is absolutely, 100% diploma mill material. Jefferson High School online is a fraudulent school, and the supposed accrediting body, Internation Accredting Body of Online Schools, is a fraudulent accrediting body. Any "school" that promises a diploma or degree for little or no work, based on the results of a "test" you can take until you are satisfied with the results, or based on "life experience" is a diploma mill. The so-called accrediting body is not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and there is no accrediting body in existence that internationally accredits online schools. I have been in education for 13 years and in online education for eight years. I am currently the Director of Education for an online career college. We do, on occasion, see students present high school diplomas from online high schools such as Jefferson. I DO NOT accept those students for admission to my school. They must provide me proof of graduation from a legitimate school or proof of a passing score on the GED. I feel sorry for those students that they wasted their hard-earned money on such a scam. If I can save someone else from making that mistake, then I certainly would want to do so.
Posted by shaunasandy on 2008-09-24:
i tryed to find some bad stuff about this so called school. i couldnt find any. so i payed 228 dollars for this diploma. when i got it the middle name was wronge. i e-mailed them to let them know. they said they would reprint and send it. i got the second on 2 days ago and the name is still wronge. they didnt fix anything. i tryed to contact them, by e-mail and by phone. the phone is just a voice mail, i havent been able to speak to anyone. they say leave a message and they will return your call with in one business day. well i have called and left messages like 6 times and my husband has called to and they havent called us back. but when i got this second diploma in the mail, i e- mailed them to let them know it was still wronge. they e-mailed me back and said sorry but we fixed the problem and you have recevied the package. i told them i want my diploma with the right name on it or a full refund. since i have payed alot of money for this peice of paper. i even faxed them both diplomas and transcripts. i havent herd anything back. i even contacted 3on your side. i havent herd anything from them eather, to see if they can help me. so my husband call the credit card company to see if we can get our money back, since it is turning out to be a scam. they are so post to investagate and then call us back. i googled the address that was on my package, and it was a ups store, in nevada. the business name said I & E on the package. so googled I & E corp. in nevada and nothing came up. i feel so help less. i though this would be an easy way to get a highschool dilpoma, since i didnt finish highschool. i made it to a senior, but to much stuff was going on in my life at the time to worry about high school. now im 21, married and i have a 9month old son. i just figured this would help me out alot, since i dont have any time to study for a ged since i have a baby that always wants my time. so to anybody who is thinking about getting there diploma from this school...DONT DO IT!! THERE A SCAM AND I LEARNED THE HARD WAY! :(
Posted by Juanito157 on 2008-10-10:
Posted by Juanito157 on 2008-10-10:
I have read all the reviews concerning this issue and although I can agree that paying for a diploma probably wouldn’t be a good idea especially one that allows u to re-take the test until you achieve the grade you desire. However I’m a 35 year old man with an impressive work history but has unfortunately and very recently found myself in the rate race again, I did not graduate High School and haven’t needed to look for a job in a very long time and I’m quickly finding out that without a diploma or GED, there just isn’t much out there, so I really think this will help me achieve my goals, however I think if you desire to go to college, @ the very least you should inquire with your college of choice before you spend $200 on a diploma from Jefferson High School and make sure they will accept it for enrolment, just for example............ The Local Rail Road is a very high paying job in my area and requires a GED for any employment but they also request a copy of your transcripts, so this diploma would do you no good, but the average job will accept it!! also for FYI The G.E.D program also allows you to re-take the test and as many attempts as needed until you pass as long s your willing to pay a lil $$$ for each attempt… Anyway just my three cents, this site is very helpful and thanks to all who participate
Posted by CodyLeeStargrove on 2008-10-16:
I have dealing with this company for a couple weeks now trying to get a copy of diploma. I paid the $200 and took the tests 1 1/2 years ago. A fire took all of belongs including the diploma.
I have been unable to get a job because of this diploma and I still don't have the copy I requested. Instead they offered me the money back. I really, really, really dislike this company. They think that are above the law because they aren't accreditted.
Posted by Upper Ed on 2009-10-09:
I work in higher education. Jefferson Online High School is a complete ripoff. I am having to cancel one of my students because her HS transcript is not valid. The Jefferson online website explains, in depth, what accreditation is and how it is achieved, but under all the explanation they state that they are not accredited and are self-auditing.

Stay away. No college or employer will accept a transcript from this place. There's no easy way out when it comes to education.
Posted by bebelastrange1 on 2010-09-27:
is it real ? i havent paid the money yet i have read and it seems like more bad then good it seems to good to be true
Posted by Prissy86 on 2011-04-07:
I am so glad I came here before I purchased the3 Jefferson Diploma, Thank you all so much! I will be going to retake my Ged test instead of wasting money on a ripoff.
Posted by stacey on 2012-05-04:
Hi ma'm ! my name is stacey I am 24 years old and I was basically in the position your son was in. I tried jefferson because I was literally going to ged classes with some of my friends, until they heard of jefferson, then they left me because jefferson actually worked for them. I got on line took the test that was about 2 hours long and of course I passed everything with a 100 or some with an 90 % so I then clicked payment options and set up the payment plan for 79$ to receive my diploma but they dont send it to you until its paid off. but I actually went to a college in kansas where I resign and they freaking accepted it !! I recently just start april 2, 2012 . all im saying is it worked for me, my cousin, and maybe 5 or 6 more of my friends who dropped out !! good luck i really hope this helps you dont be discourage by any of these people go for it!!
Posted by kelly on 2012-06-11:
stacey im so glad it worked for you but im sorry to say this school is a scam !!!! we live in georgia my husband got this diploma 2 years ago he recently got a job at the prison down here went to work for 2 weeks then got a call from the office telling him that his dipolma was a fake! he was left without a job now we have 3 kids are under bankrupcy and hardly no money this school also has no contact information except for the email they use and when you try to get your money back they will ignore you!!!! so please do not use this site it is a joke!!!!! i wish there was a way to have them shut down.
Posted by steven on 2012-07-15:
Those inquiring about if the program is legal or not. I would check with the Better Business Bureau and the board of education in your state. That will give you the answer.
Posted by Carl on 2012-08-06:
JHSO Standards Accreditation generally means that a school or program has been evaluated by an independent group (such as those above), and meets that accrediting agency's standards. As seen, there are many options for accreditation and the process is VOLUNTARY and it is not "required" to operate by a school defining itself as a private school. Often smaller programs simply cannot afford the cost of such an ongoing review process.

In an effort to keep program cost down and the current motivational based format of JHSO, JHSO has not sought nor been approved by the US DOE, CHEA or DETC organizations and does not represent itself to be an accredited program of any of these organizations. JHSO incorporates an internal review and self-auditing approach to assure consistent standards that include but are not limited to the following:
Posted by lisa on 2012-10-02:
Yes, for what you want it would be perfect ! And yes it can be used for other learning ! I have gone on to a community collage and than a university, and my husband got his and he got a wonderful job in a hospital with great benefits. So, for what you are looking for it would be great. hey, tell your son that its never over till its over,don't let any thing stand in your way.I have a little mantra that might help him...
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
~Robert Frost
Posted by lisa on 2012-10-02:
Kelly- So sorry that has happened to you and your family. Will keep u in my prayers. But they do have a fax and phone #. You have to finish paying for your package,the fax # is 888-408-6352 you can have requests sent there by the job or school and they will be answered.I truly hope the best for you and your family... God bless you
Posted by lisa on 2012-10-02:
Juanito157- your GED does come with transcripts !!
Posted by Brit on 2013-05-06:
Well I have taken the GED and the jefferson high school online test and both seem the same, you have an essay,math,science,social studies,laugange,and reading I past with an 92 I haven't payed for it yet, but I'm hoping I'm not wasting my time nor money, I just wanna take up a trade or some and work... So without all the story telling all I want to know it can I get a job and go to some kind of school
Posted by _SmoothSpokenn on 2013-05-15:
soo... as im reading ishouldnt buy this cause icant get jobs?
Posted by Jeaks on 2013-09-28:
Online High School Review
Jefferson High School Review

Real : Yes REAL
Dept. of Education : School Code 6580
Accreditation : None
BBB Registered : BBB Member
CEEB Code : N/A
Related Sites : Diversifiededu.org
Owned By : Diversified Education Resources
Formation Date : 2007
Actively Marketed : Yes


Notes :

This Jefferson High School Review was completed in 2013. The site appears to be real and registered with the Dept. of Education. The site is currently being marketed. If you wish to update this Jefferson High School review, contest the content of this review, or otherwise chat with us about our findings, please contact us from the contact us page.
Posted by Barbara on 2013-11-13:
I also had a son that had a hard time in school so I didn't just want him to quit without a diploma. So I went online and found Belfort high school diplomas I paid the $200 he took the test with maybe four questions passed the test they mailed me all different types of certificate along with a diploma years later I found out that it wasn't a credit so I would say a rip off.
Posted by kristan on 2014-01-28:
Im almost done taking this test !!!need real people to answer have u recieved your diploma and trade schools let you in?
Posted by Cory on 2014-02-21:
Did y'all purchase the accredited assurance Jefferson online offers.
Posted by angel on 2014-02-24:
I just paid for my just a highschool diploma online and I just received it today I was wondering if any colleges would take my high school, I pay for or is it a rip off ???
Posted by resse on 2014-03-20:
I been in school for years trying to receive my GED or high school diploma and it was just unlikely for me cause there are to many students and not enough teachers to get me where I need to be they kept telling me that I wasn't ready to test out and all I wanted to know was where I was with every thing in 2014 I test out on-line and failed the test , a month later I test out in school and steal failed the test , so the next month I went back to test out to see where I was and passed the test so all I'm saying is trust God nothing gets past him also in the schools when you take your test and failed you still have to pay when you go back to test again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so stop riding off every one else experience and judge for yourself and if it doesn't work life lesson then you get back in the saddle and try again that life full of chances.
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Do Not Be Scammed By These People I'm Telling People This So Read Carefully
Posted by Mote on 10/21/2009
Hello everyone my name is Joey I recently came across Jefferson high school online. I was thinking you know, I need a Diploma. I took the test of coarse it was easy, they give you several tries to get questions right in other words you cannot fail this test. Well I tried to use this so called diploma at a Job not even a high paying job 9.00 an hour job and they wouldn't accept it the guy told me that that wasn't nothing but a sheet of paper that anyone can make right there at home. Boy was I mad here I am out of 200.00 couldn't get the job so I email jefferson high school back, they claim they give refunds if your not satisfied. They emailed me back and said that I should have read all the instructions before hand and they couldn't refund my money the only real way to get a GED is the hard way.

So everyone if you want to pay 200.00 for a fake worthless piece of paper go ahead, its not real it pisses me off to think about all the money these people are making off of crap that you can make yourself I learned the hard way don't buy anything from this place hopefully this message was helpful no online ged is real.
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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-21:
Did you spend 4 years online with Jefferson High School? If you had stayed in high school you may have realized that there is no such way to get a GED so quickly. You were scammed but it was your fault. Its also obvious you didn't read their rules which would have told you that they would be scamming you. Go back to school!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-21:
In most states, they only have to educate you to certain age, so "go back to school" would be impossible. OP, call your local high school and they should be able to get you in touch with local and accredited GED programs. They do this with their over age students. They can help you. Good luck to you!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-21:
ANY school or college that is at its base proprietary is either accredited nationally or locally. Most people are told that the associate degree they get at a proprietary school will transfer to a state university...no, not if they are not nationally accredited, something they don't like spending the money to have. I worked for one for about six months that did nothing but lie to students about this very thing.
Posted by mote on 2009-10-22:
Well you cant just go back to school when you have kids Im 27 years old I dont remember any thing from 10th grade,you gotta undrstand not everyone has that chance to go back to school or even take hours out of your day to go sit in some class and learn this stuff all over again,wife works nights I work days so its not gonna happen.I was just making sure no one else buys anything from these people they told me that the diploma they offer will work for any employer,thats all I wanted,not to go to college so if anyone has anything smart to say keep it to yourself
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-10-22:
What you need to do is go online and put THIS in your search
GED site:.gov "state name"

(where "state name" is whatever state you live in)

This will restrict your search to official government sites, which means you get the real information and not all the scam sites

Since you're not the first person who's been in that situation you can be assured that there ARE options available for adults with children

Lastly.... You can go back to school if you have kids. It's not always EASY but you can.

You don't need to memorize everything you learned from the 10th grade. What you do is look up what's available in the local area for obtaining your GED.

Posted by msnanny on 2009-10-22:
Mote, although I applaud you for attempting to improve your education you have to remember that nothing worthwhile having is easy. Google is your friend and you could have saved yourself the time and $200 if you would have searched for reviews for this scam outfit. You are not the first person to be scammed by them.

Take the advise of the previous posters and contact your local school district for GED classes. They are generally at night to accommodate the working adult. Good luck!
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Don't Trust Jefferson High School Online... Its Fraud!
Posted by Beenscamed on 02/04/2009
I purchased a diploma online from jefferson high school online... Well needless to say... I went to join a college and they didn't accept it... Although, other companies took it... But I didn't know until 02/02/2009. That it was fake! And just so you know, it is illegal to use it anyway! So don't get caught up in the b. S that I have gotten into!
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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-04:
You purchased the diploma? You didn't have to do anything else to get it?
Posted by bargod on 2009-02-04:
So you tried to scam and in turn were scammed? do I have this right? and your upset about this?
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-04:
That's bogus! Good on you for trying to get your diploma and good luck getting this straightened out.
Posted by madconsumer on 2009-02-04:
you did not perform the work, but yet want to claim you have. this is your own fault for thinking there was an easy way to greatness.
Posted by msnanny on 2009-02-04:
Now I've heard everything.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-04:
What makes you think they scammed them? I checked out their website you CAN'T just buy a diploma. I'm pretty sure they meant they went through the course, paid for it, got their diploma and that the diploma wasn't accepted at certain schools.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-04:
Jefferson High School FAQ. Interesting to say the least.

Posted by bargod on 2009-02-04:
"I purchased a diploma.." to me that sounds like they just went online and bought one.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-04:
OP, get your GED, and find out what the requirements of the college are, before you apply.

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-04:
P.S. Right on the website it says under the FAQ's that a person should check with the school they wish to attend prior to taking the course, in the event that school doesn't recognize a JHSO diploma. So, if anything, beenscammed, should have read through the facts a little better before taking the course.

I like all you guys' theory better though - everyone's an a@@hole! ROFL!!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-04:
'everyone's an a@@hole!'

Where do you get that from?
Posted by bargod on 2009-02-04:
yea it does seem like a bit of a scam.
Posted by bill on 2009-02-04:
You might be right CJ. I think what the OP is saying is that Jefferson High School isn't an accredited school and thus the diploma is worthless.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-04:
I got that from everyone pouncing on beenscammed because of the way they phrased there post, rather than taking the time to understand what they REALLY meant.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-04:
I didn't 'pounce on' anybody. I asked relevant questions.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-04:
You are right, I should have said most everyone (in the first few comments posted).
Posted by bill on 2009-02-04:
In all fairness CJ the complaint is very confusing. He says he purchased a diploma. I think it would have been better to say he signed up for and paid for an online course and earned a diploma. He also says that the collage wouldn't accept it but other companies did. Does that mean other collages did or that employers accepted it?
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-04:
Good question bill. Other 'companies'?
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-04:
I think they mean that certain companies will accept it as HS diploma equivalent (i.e. a job application) but that the specific college they wanted to attend would not accept it as a real diploma.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-04:
They say right in the FAQ, that no courses are required. Looks to me like you take some tests based on your 'life experience', and are awarded a certificate after that, and a nice fee, of course.
Posted by bargod on 2009-02-04:
Its not an online coarse its an online "test". from their website "take our online test and have your diploma in just a few days for only $199" yea I'm sure the OP thought they were getting a real diploma. Did the OP honestly think this would pass as a real diploma? I think they were trying to pull a fast one on the college and got caught.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-04:
Not everyone is savvy enough to recognize a scam so it is very possible they thought they were getting a REAL diploma. How else would companies like this place survive if they didn't have people falling for the scam in the first place?
Posted by bargod on 2009-02-04:
It's possible.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-04:
Does anyone log off of their gosh darned computers and leave their homes anymore?
Online shopping, online dating, online....... Friggin' everything for crying out loud!
What was so hard that the OP couldn't run down to a community school or community college and take the courses?

(VH) You probably saved half of the population of OKLAHOMA this headache! Thanks.
Posted by MRM on 2009-02-04:
Probably the OP has kids to take care of and theres no babysitter available and Im sure the OP has a full time job to feed her kids. Taking classes online was the only option for the OP.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-04:
How do you know that? Besides, those same places that I mentioned offer ONLINE courses.

Keywords: ACCREDITED SCHOOLS not the back of a matchbook cover.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-04:
ZZ, MRM has a crystal ball.

Posted by MRM on 2009-02-04:
MissMarple, Im surprised to see several universities appearing at the Town Center. I think University of Phoenix was there.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-04:
Yes, MRM, that place (Town Center) is growing like weeds.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-02-04:
What's happened to going to your local school board and getting your GED?
Posted by anyatomar on 2011-06-06:
Every thing has pros and cons. If some body have problem of money to do a regular course then online diploma is beneficial for them. I also completed my degree through online. In starting I have faced the problem to get the good job but some time later through my knowledge I am selected and currently I am working in a multinational company as a manager. Student who wants to get more knowledge on online high school program can visit this site. http://www.highschoolsprograms.com/

Posted by get money on 2012-01-04:
hey do anyone know how to get the money back from this scam out school?
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2012-01-04:
I know this is an old review, but 'Get Money' just posted a comment on it....
It looks like there is no fee for registration or taking the exams...BUT you have to buy a package for $199.99 which will include the diploma. So, In a sense, they ARE buying the diploma but only after the exams are taken.

The site states:

1) How much does it cost to take the equivalency exam?
There are no “upfront” payments for this service. You can take the interactive online test as often as necessary to reach your desired score outcome. Upon completion of the self-test you may apply for the Graduation Package that enables you to document your accomplishment and includes a Diploma, Transcripts and lifetime program completion verification. The total cost for the service is $199.00. Good luck in reaching your goals.

Posted by DebtorBasher on 2012-01-04:
Here is their refund policy:
Posted by anne on 2012-10-22:
Ok im kinda of having a problem with this, I took the test but im not sure about paying for the diploma thing, cause im not sure that it's real
Posted by carol on 2013-08-27:
I took the test n they said I passed n do I go ahead n pay the 198.00 or do I not,it seams a lot fishie. What should I do.
Posted by donna on 2013-11-04:
we have all been scammed i think its only right that we all get our scammed refunded money back the scammers sur have a real yellow back bone to do this to us people that want to better ourselves that we didnt get to when we were in school how dare they
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Posted by Bunny sharon on 01/05/2012
My daughter just returned from getting the worst news of her life. She was told her diploma from Jefferson High School was "fake", "worthless" for her to use as proof to enroll today at Hair Design School. These horrible crooks destroyed all she worked for. She paid the money herself she earned at a pizza parlor. Did the program everyday in here room taking this very serious for her future. I cannot believe that this company can rip off people and ruin months of hard work that they are proud of! I want my money back, and they said no. I am pissed that they ripped my daughter off but more angry with the fact that they hurt her hard work and made her cry!!!

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Posted by clutzycook on 2012-01-05:
Unfortunately, your daughter is not the first to be taken in by this scam. If she wants her high school diploma, the only way for her to do it is to go out and get her GED. Most community colleges offer the program and, from what I understand, it's not horribly expensive either.
Posted by Molly76 on 2012-01-05:
This school tests for a GED. Did you ask if the hair design school excepts a GED? Some schools will only except a high school diploma and not an equivalency.

Maybe, your daughter can find a different hair school that will except her GED.
Posted by Molly76 on 2012-01-05:
OOps, I read that wrong! It's not even a GED!
Posted by Cwazychicken on 2012-01-05:
GED'S i think are about 10 dollars per test (or depending where you live, thats the rate here in south dakota.) I would never trust an online site with a GED or diploma being up for grabs like that. Unless its from a local university itself, I see a lot of local advertisements for universities who offer these kinds of things for probably much less than what sites like that charge.
Posted by At Your Service on 2012-01-05:
Jefferson High School Online is nothing more than a diploma mill. In their defense, they make absolutely no claims that they're accredited or even trying to seek accreditation. For $199 you get a piece of paper that has no real validity.

I'm a strong believer in a good education. Gaining a GED may not sound as impressive as having an actual high school diploma, but it's a very good start for correcting the mistakes they make in their past. Once people can feel the real sense of accomplishment a GED can provide, they can continue with local accredited colleges or universities.
Posted by Chris on 2014-02-20:
Yeah I found it hard to believe my sister got her diploma by taking a 100 question test and it being legit. I took the GED 2 years ago and it was like 100 question per section. Math,english,reading, etc.
Posted by Brandi E on 2014-03-20:
Oh yes! I am a part of the scam too obviously... I paid 230$ for my alleged GED and transcript and was told I would receive it in five business days and I have yet to see it. This is a lesson learned for me and I definitely think something should be done about the CROOKS!!!!!!
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I Was About To Send The Money In
Posted by Joannsmith3471 on 09/28/2011
I am so glad that someone said something because I was about to send the money in. Who ever have any complaint against this on line website should come forth so that other people will not be schemed. THANK YOU JESUS FOR WISDOM.
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Posted by lexophiliac on 2011-09-28:
Thank your higher power and government for the oportunity to receive a higher education. Now go forth and get one. Contact your local community college for information on how to earn a legitimate G.E.D. or better yet, explore your options on earning a high school diploma. Google achievethedream.com - you may find some useful information there to help get you started. Wishing you well in your life journey.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-09-28:
The fact that you are eager to obtain your GED is a positive, but attempting to take a short cut in life by paying money to these fly-by-night hoaxes with the audacity to call themselves colleges, is a little disconcerting to me. Nothing in life worth having comes easy. As Lexophiliac suggested...go out and do it! Best wishes in whatever you choose.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-09-28:
You should be able to get a GED locally without divine intervention. Personally I would avoid the internet for this purpose.

Please follow through - you need at least a GED to get most any job. Good luck.
Posted by Unknown on 2013-04-05:
Jefferson high school robed me of my money for 245 dollars and I never did receive my diploma this school is a rip off
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Jefferson High School Sucks!! And Is Fake!!!!!
Posted by Ky Angel on 11/23/2010
So recently I applied for the Jefferson Online Diploma Passed it and ordered my diploma.. During this time I was enrolled at The Art Institute Of Pittsburgh, the day I handed them my diploma and Transcript's it was the most embarrasssing and devastating day of my life.. My self motivation was out the window.. I thought I had actually accomplished something.. Not only that I paid a great deal for my graduation package (244.00) These people are just setting back a collecting money off people who are trying to do something to better themselves and for them to do that to people is just WRONG!! This site needs to be handled!! For stealing money from people, and getting peoples confidence up and basically jerking it right back from them.. I started out with nothing, got a fake diploma, did 2 weeks of College Assignments and had it all taken away from me within a blink of an eye.. Now I'm back to where I started.. I'm not gonna give up though I'm gonna just have to go and get my GED that's the only way I'm gonna be able to achieve my goals I have in store for the future..
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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-11-23:
Any place that offers 12-yrs of hard-earned education rolled up into a package online deal, should have flagged you from the start.
Posted by bargod on 2010-11-23:
If it's any consolation you just earned your degree from the school of hard knocks.
Posted by GenuineNerd on 2010-11-23:
You shouldn't have dealt with that diploma mill in the first place. The best way to get a high school diploma is to go through adult education classes at your local school district or community college, or through a state-chartered online school. Jefferson High School is a scam outfit, and their diplomas aren't worth the toilet paper they're printed on.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-11-24:
JHS isn't a scam per se, but it definitely isn't top notch either.. It clearly states in their FAQ's that before taking their equivalency test, a person should research that the employer/institute they are interested in, will recognize their program as an accredited diploma.

That said, GN is right in that it's better to go through local options, for about the same amount of money you can get your GED through a community college that will be good anywhere.
Best of luck!
Posted by Ashley on 2013-09-29:
man i took the test passed don't think i'm gonna give up my money though most company's or grad school's won't except Jefferson diploma any way just had to use a little comensence to bud it all in a pod sincerly sad.
Posted by lina on 2013-10-28:
thank you so much for the review! I was so close to purchasing the diploma but I believe its a scam.
Posted by sierra on 2014-01-22:
thank god I checked out the reviews I want to get into the military so thank god. I guess I will have to get an GED and get some college credits. thanks everyone.
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The Diploma From This School Is Absolutely Useless
Posted by Ginny's Kid on 02/08/2010
If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably isn't. The diploma from this school is absolutely useless. Buyer beware! Check the Better Business Bureau web site before you pay these people one cent! The BBB has a warning about them on their web site. Check it out. They suck in a lot of innocent people and take their money. They operate on some remote island.

There is no address, and you can't ever talk with anyone via phone. I've asked them for a list of satisfied consumers - no response.

Still waiting!
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Posted by GenuineNerd on 2010-02-08:
Many states now have online charter schools, which are accredited by the state board of education, and is, in most cases, tuition free. A website regarding these online schools: http://www.k12.com

Why pay money to a scam outfit when you could take state-accredited high school courses online?

It sounds like "Jefferson High School" is a diploma mill, which will give a high school diploma to anybody with the money...I wouldn't be surprised if they even give a diploma to your dog or cat. Any outfit that is named after the high school that Richie Cunningham went to on "Happy Days" needs NOT to be trusted. Their diplomas aren't worth the recycled toilet paper they're printed on.
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Ripoff Or Real?
Posted by CRIV73 on 07/17/2008
EL PASO, TEXAS -- I am a 34 yr old male.I have been out of high school for eighteen yrs., And every year I say that I am going to get my GED, but unfortunately something comes up and I have to postpone it another year. I came across this "Jefferson High School" and I decided to check it out, they give these tests and for every wrong answer, they give a hint so you can get the question right..You see, you never fail the test and once you are done with all the tests. They ask you to pay 199 dollars so they can send you your diploma!

I have a problem with this because I do not know if this is a ripoff or real? Is there someone out there that can help me with this?

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Posted by tnchuck100 on 2008-07-17:
The $199.00 you send them is real. The "diploma" the send you is not. Use your head! State's board of educations issue GED's.

This came straight from their website:
"You cannot receive a GED® via an online service. You must test locally."

Posted by MRM on 2008-07-17:
I hope you will get your GED as soon as possible as an acheivement in your life.
Posted by DBone on 2008-07-17:
This posting should remind everybody to "Stay in School"
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-17:
Unless you are planning on furthering your education which I doubt, I would hold on to that change for something of value.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-17:
Their testing procedure does sound similar to the High School that I attended.
Posted by toyaj on 2009-01-08:
i know lots of people who have did online programs or at home programs and have great jobs including myself so if you have the money and the time you should try it out
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-08:
have did, will travel
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-08:
Listen to tnChuck. this has been discussed here before. Get your G.E.D. locally. Do it. It's not that hard or time consuming, and you'll be scads better off.
Posted by goduke on 2009-01-08:
It essentially gives you a diploma, which is what most employers are going to look at. Very, very few employers are going to ask "is this an online diploma or an actual brick and mortar school." It's essentially paying fare for the job bus.
Posted by jdss09 on 2009-03-10:
I need help to see if the jefferson high school online is a rip off. before i pay the 200 dollars
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-10:
I would hang on to your money. Better to be safe than sorry.
Posted by bebelastrange1 on 2010-09-28:
i was wondering this to i found another one Lorenz High School its got its credits but i dont know if its real does some one know ?
Posted by Gene on 2013-11-13:
I read about Jefferson High School. Kinda interesting. But, I want to be sure if this is Legit. Help.
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Rip Off
Posted by One pissed off b**** on 09/03/2009
I paid $228.00 for my high school diploma and went to enroll in college and the diploma is fake and the number to call jefferson high school is now no longer conected. I am pissed.
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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-03:
Posted by goduke on 2009-09-03:
The online page for Jefferson has a specific tab for "accreditation" and says the following, which would probably give the reader some cause for concern:

JHSO Standards
Accreditation generally means that a school or program has been evaluated by an independent group, and meets that accrediting agency's standards. As seen, there are many options for accreditation and the process is VOLUNTARY and it is not "required" to operate. Often smaller programs simply cannot afford the cost of such an ongoing review process.

In an effort to keep program cost down and the current motivational based format of JHSO, JHSO has not sought nor been approved by the US DOE, CHEA or DETC organizations and does not represent itself to be an “Accredited” program of any of these organizations. JHSO incorporates an internal review or “self-auditing” approach to assure consistent standards that include but are not limited to:

Create impetus for organizational improvement and assist in the general rising of diploma granting standards.

Offer an equal opportunity for anyone to receive evaluation and education program rather than a government mandated and regulated testing.

Recognize good performance of students and advisors and provide motivation to maintain and improve mutual performance.

Improve performance review standards of quality and responsiveness and to increase professionalism

Provide superior customer service to students whose timely review of life experience and online testing is an important motivator for them engaging our program.

Please review all program information.
Posted by i_am_canadian on 2009-09-03:
Great scam they've got going on there, yet another diploma mill.
Posted by skelly39 on 2009-09-03:
Do Richie and Potsie know their diplomas are fake?
Posted by goduke on 2009-09-03:
Guess The Fonz was right to drop out.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-03:
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-03:
Were you at Jefferson High School Online for 4 years?
Posted by msnanny on 2009-09-03:
Actually I think that if you bought a diploma rather than earned one you might be considered a fake?
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2009-09-03:
These type of diplomas are for impressing your friends and relatives. They will never survive serious scrutiny. They do what they were designed to do: Make the scammers some money. Unfortunately it works.
Posted by i_am_canadian on 2009-09-04:
If I had bought a diploma/degree for the sole purpose of impressing my family, it would have been a Doctorate of Theoretical Physics, otherwise known as Item # 7533-B1.
Posted by furnman on 2009-09-04:
Canadian you could be on to something, why stop at a high school diploma, for $499 they could sell a college degree, $999 a masters, then charge "the graduate" $100 each time they need to send transcripts to an employee as they are looking for a job.
Posted by i_am_canadian on 2009-09-04:
If I had some extra money sometime, I'm almost tempted to buy one of those things.
'It's as close to a PhD in Russian Studies as I'm ever going to get!'
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Posted by D23 on 03/28/2009
Thanks for informing people about this fake company. I wanted to go to college, and I was excited to pass there test. But I'm glad I came upon this site before sending them 200 dollars.

Thanks you to everyone that let it be known that they are fake.
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Posted by Soaring Consumer on 2009-03-28:
It is stories like this that we like to hear on this site - that the message got out and saved others from having to take a big loss and from suffering a lot of grief.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-28:
Touching and true statement there, Soaring. Glad the OP did their homework and was spared the inconvenience of small claims court.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-03-28:
What they said.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-28:
Or is it *their*? Ding, ding, ding.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-28:
LOL knowitall!

I don't think Jefferson is necessarily a fake...one just needs to read through all the info very carefully when considering if it's the right option for them.
Posted by GenuineNerd on 2010-02-08:
Ohio offers online and virtual schools, which are state chartered and tuition free. These online schools include the Ohio Virtual Academy and Electronic Classroom Of Tomorrow, among others. If you need a high school diploma, these online schools will be a better choice than a scam diploma mill like "Jefferson High School". A website: http://www.k12.com
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