Career Online High School

Pursuing a High School Diploma as an Adult

We all leave some things in life unfinished, but completing high school need not be one of them.

For those confident about preparing for the GED on their own, the library offers free online access to Peterson’s Test Prep.  Here, you can enjoy online access to the 2020 GED study guide, GED practice tests, HiSET tests, and more! 

Other options for pursuing a high school equivalency include the Adult High School offered by the Florida Department of Education.   Through this program, those age 16+ can participate in programs for ESOL (English as a Second Language) and basic adult education that prepares participants for the GED test.

With 2021 funding provided under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, our library is one of the public libraries able to offer a scholarship to pursue a private high school diploma from the Career Online High School. Participants with enough acceptable credits from their time in high school may finish the program in 5 months, though students can take up to 18 months to complete the program and earn their diploma. 

This online program includes access to an academic coach and will require 8-10 hours of online course work per week. The library will also require scholarship recipients to allow the library access to your academic progress reports in order to ensure that recipients uphold their student pledge. 

Students who enroll in this program have the option to receive an additional career-tract certificate that may prepare them for future professional certifications if students choose to pursue them. If you think this is the right program for you, click here to learn more.                                     

Which Choice is the Best if You Want to Enroll in College Classes?

While the Career Online High School is accredited with several agencies, students should consult with their prospective college(s) to verify that their diploma will be accepted, particularly if the student plans to pursue additional education in some areas of the northeast.  

For more information about GED options in Pinellas County, consult the Pinellas County School Board page here.