High School +

The HS+ program offers a WA state high school diploma for those who are 18 years, or older. Students can apply previously earned high school credits, job trainings, life experience with our curriculum to finish their coursework. Students must be 18+ years of age or older at the time of enrollment. Students can fit the HS+ around their schedule as classes are online.

Eligibility

  • Adults who are at least 18 years old.
  • Students under 19 must be formally released from high school before registering. Contact your local school district for release forms.

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Tuition

  •  $25 per quarter for the High School + program.
  • Help with payments (Tuition Waivers) is available with a: Quest card, unemployed, DSHS, SSI, WIC, HUD, Free or reduced lunch, or have a letter from a community organization. Please complete the tuition waiver form here.
  • You may be eligible to receive federal financial aid without a high school diploma through the Ability to Benefit financial aid program.

WORKFORCE EDUCATION: If you’re receiving Basic Food or cash assistance from DSHS, Workforce Education may be able to help pay for textbooks, childcare, and transportation – apply online to see if you qualify.

Classes

All new students and returning students who have been gone for 3+ years are required to take a 3-day orientation course.

An evaluation of your transcripts must be done to find out what courses you need to complete your diploma. The State of Washington sets the minimum requirements for the high school diploma, depending upon your entry to 9thgrade.  A total of 19 to 24 credits are required and are spread among English, mathematics, history, government, art, science, physical education, occupational subjects, and electives.

Bellevue College offers a wide variety of ways to complete these requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Schedule an appointment with the HS+ Navigator. IMPORTANT: Bring your high school transcript to your appointment. Visit or call the last school you attended, or the school district headquarters, to get a copy of your transcript.

The Navigator will examine transcripts and knowledge gained from life experience, and work with you to craft an educational plan to fill gaps.

To prepare for this initial meeting, consider the following questions:

  • What high school credits do you already have?
  • Do you have work, training, or military experience?
  • Do you have any certifications (such as CPR, First Aid, Food Handlers’ Card, Forklift, etc.)?
  • Have you taken any GED® tests or college classes?

Request an official high school transcript and gather documentation of any college credits you have, as well as certifications or other activities that may count towards your diploma.

Katie Bates

Email: katie.bates@bellevuecollege.edu 

Phone: 425-564-2745

There’s no right answer to this question. Depending on your academic skills, how much time you have to complete your education, and what your goals are in life, any option can be the right one. Either version of the high school diploma requires effort, class attendance, and completion of credits.  

A high school equivalency examination such as the GED® may be the fastest way for you to meet your goals, since it requires only that you pass a standardized test. However, institutions such as the military restrict the admission of GED® completers and may give preference to applicants holding a high school diploma.

An evaluation of your transcripts must be done before we can tell you what courses you need to complete your diploma. The State of Washington sets the minimum requirements for the high school diploma, depending upon your entry to 9thgrade.  

A total of 19 to 24 credits are required and are spread among English, mathematics, history, government, art, science, physical education, occupational subjects, and electives.

Bellevue College offers a wide variety of ways to complete these requirements

YES! Depending upon your age and goals, you may be eligible to earn college credit while completing your HS diploma.  Please check out the Center for High School Programs site for more information.

If you are not sure, please contact Katie Bates, the HS+ Navigator at 425-564-2745 or katie.bates@bellevuecollege.edu for more information about any of our high school programs.

Last Updated August 10, 2021