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Tiers Free Academy Programs

Homeschool Support Program


This program is designed for parents who have withdrawn their K-12 school students from public school or are contemplating withdrawing their students from public school. No More Tiers Homeschool Cooperative assists parents with curriculum selection, academic advising, and recording keeping.

The National External Diploma Program (NEDP)


This program is an applied performance assessment system that assesses the high school level skills of adults and out-of-school youth. The NEDP evaluates the reading, writing, math and workforce readiness skills of participants in life and work contexts.

  • Assesses high school level skills awarding a traditional diploma so graduates can meet their academic and career goals.
  • Designed for self-directed youth and adults with life and work experiences and a general familiarity with the computer.
  • Evaluates competencies in ten content areas including Financial Literacy, Health Literacy, Civic Literacy, Geography, History, Science, and Twenty-First Century Workplace.

Alternative Diploma Program (APEX)


This program is an alternative to GED® preparatory classes for persons seeking a high school diploma. This program, known as APEX, is Internet-based and features a complete curriculum designed to meet students at different ability levels. The program provides flexibility in completing the requirements for a high school diploma as students work at their own pace.
Students begin the course by taking a pre-assessment test from questions randomly selected from throughout the course, and these results then determine what chapters the student still needs to complete to acquire that credit.

GED vs. High School Diploma



  • High school graduates earn, on average, about $1,600 a month more than those with a GED (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012).
  • Less than 5% of those with a GED receive a bachelor’s degree, compared to the 33% of those with diplomas that do (U.S. Census Bureau), which is supported by several studies showing that high school graduates are more prepared for college and score higher on placement tests than holders of the GED (National Bureau of Economic Research).
  • 77% of GED holders do not continue past the first semester of college (American Council of Education study ).
  • The military limits the number of accepted and requires higher scores on aptitude test for GED holders, because the military service dropout rates for GED holders is 45% compared to 24% for high school graduates.

If you have dropped out of high school and are trying to figure out what to do, these remarkable differences that stay consistent throughout life (National Bureau of Economic Research), should clearly point you in the direction of pursuing a high school diploma.

Maybe the traditional school model didn’t work for you. Good news! You now have the choice to get an high school diploma online. Contact the Tiers Free Academy and ask about the Apex Diploma Program.