High school online American Sign Language (ASL) classes seem an unlikely option for those looking to learn it, but there are plenty of options available. If ASL is a class that you need to fulfill your high school graduation requirements, or you need to enhance your other ASL lessons, then an online learning format may be the perfect option for you. Online distance learning ASL classes are offered as a free service by several expert websites, or can be taken for credit, often for a small fee.

SigningOnline.com is a website founded by two ASL teachers who have a combined 25 years of ASL teaching experience. They offer free and paid online learning programs, depending on the needs of the student. The free option provides self-paced online learning materials and lessons. The format is video instruction and uses real-life situations to help teach students everyday ASL conversational skills. For those who would like more in-depth lessons, interactive video-conference classes are available for a fee, and will provide personalized lessons.

American Sign Language University (ASLU) offers online American Sign Language classes for free or tuition, depending on the needs of the student. ASLU is run by William G. Vicars Ed.D. , a full-time Associate Professor of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies at California State University - Sacramento. Dr. Vicars holds his doctorate in Deaf Studies/Deaf Education and can provide continuing education units for those who need them. Dr. Vicars’ online ASL issues are free for anyone who wants to take them simply to learn ASL, or enhance other courses in progress.

For those who need to take online high school American Sign Language classes for credit, Brigham Young University (BYU) offers a distance learning course that will provide transferable high school units. They offer two classes in their full high school diploma program, and students can opt to take their entire high school program through BYU online, or just the few that they need. BYU offers two ASL correspondence courses, introduction and intermediate. Coursework is learned online via video lessons and reading material, and assignments can be submitted online, by fax, or by mail.

While it may seem that American Sign Language is something that can only be learned in person, there are plenty of great online options that will make learning much easier!