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Adult High School

Sometimes life gets in the way. The CVCC Adult High School (AHS) is a second chance to finish high school and earn your diploma. It's never too late!

The Adult High School (AHS) program is a free online option for earning an AHS diploma. Students can work from home at their own pace to complete their remaining high school credits. The program is open to students aged 16 or older. Students must score at the 9th grade level on a reading and math assessment to begin taking AHS classes.


How do I get started?

  • Step 1 - Obtain an official (unopened) copy of your high school transcripts.
  • Step 2 - Schedule an assessment and advising appointment with the Basic Skills Office. Call (828) 327-7000, ext. 4353, or stop by East Campus Room 1031.
  • Step 3 - Attend a mandatory orientation session.

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Adult High School FAQs

I don't have a computer or internet access at home. Can I still participate in the AHS program?

Yes. Our computer labs are open to AHS students, so you can work on-campus if you prefer. Instructors are also available in the labs to assist students who need help.

What if I don't score at the 9th grade level on my reading or math assessments?

If one or both scores are below 9.0, you can study in our open Academic Skills Lab until your scores come up. Once you re-test at a 9.0, you may then take the orientation class and begin working on your AHS credits.

What do I need to graduate?

You may need to complete only one class or many, depending on the number of credits you earned before leaving high school. Note that credits earned in another state may not all transfer to our AHS program. Graduation requires 22 specific credits:

  • 4 English
  • 4 Math
  • 3 Science
  • 4 Social Studies
  • 1 Health/PE
  • 6 Electives

How long will it take me to earn my diploma?

The more credits you need, the longer it will take. The more time you spend working online, the faster course completion will go. It's all up to the time and effort you put into the program. Students are required to work at least 20 hours per month online to stay in the program, but that is a minimum. We recommend spending about that much time per week on your studies.