FAQ

WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF GETTING STARTED IN HS+ AT BELLEVUE COLLEGE?

An advisor 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.

WHICH IS BETTER: A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA (HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION OR HIGH SCHOOL+ ) OR THE GED®?

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.

WHAT COURSES WILL I HAVE TO TAKE?

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

ARE THERE OTHER HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION OPTIONS IF I’M NOT SURE HS+ IS RIGHT FOR ME?

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 July 29, 2021