High School 21 + (HS 21+) is a competency-based high school equivalency program for adult learners 21 and older who do not have a high school diploma or equivalency.

Adults demonstrate competencies in reading, writing and math contextualized in science, history, government, occupational studies, and digital literacy.

This program expands high school completion options already offered by the community and technical college system to include a comprehensive approach that aligns with adult learning styles and includes competency-based assessments that demonstrate the academic, career and personal competencies needed in further education and employment.

Students are eligible for basic skills tuition rates.


  • Complete your high school diploma through Bellevue College coursework
  • Eligible applicants have completed at least 8 high school credits, AND must be 21 years of age or older
  • Life experience can be used to earn additional credits toward a high school diploma. (Employment, parenting classes, job certifications or trainings)
  • Discover college and career pathways