High School 21 + (HS 21+) is a competency-based high school equivalency program for adult learners 18 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 schedules. Courses include competency-based assessments that demonstrate the academic, career and personal proficiency 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 must be 18 to start program, AND must be 21 years of age or older by the time they complete their high school diploma
  • Life and work 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