The U.S. Federal Trade Commission shut down Jefferson High School Online in 2014. Students of Jefferson High School Online in Texas, Ohio and South Carolina filed complaints with the Better Business Bureau. The school claimed it provided general equivalency diplomas online, but when students tried to enroll in universities they were refused because the diplomas were invalid. There is a legitimate Jefferson school with an adult-education website, but it does not issue GEDs online.
The bogus Jefferson High School Online and Vencer High School Online had identical websites, the BBB says, and a company on St. Kitts in the Caribbean owned them. CBS reports that another bogus school, Enterprise High School Online, was affiliated.
The legitimate Jefferson Adult Education website is part of the Jefferson Union High School District in Daly City, California. It has brick-and-mortar schools where students can take classes to study for the GED. GED course material may be studied online, but students must meet with Jefferson teachers in Daly City once a week.
A person anywhere in the United States may study for the GED on his own and then take the test at a GED testing location, which are all in buildings. GED tests are not offered online, according to Jefferson Adult Education's website. Jefferson Adult Education also offers high school credit classes and English-as-a-second-language classes.