Career Online High School Frequently Asked Questions
To learn more about the Career Online High School (COHS), please review these questions and answers:
Career Online High School (COHS) is an online high school diploma and career certification program. This program offers free enrollment to a limited number of qualified students.
Applicants should be able to display a strong desire to achieve a high school diploma. San Francisco Public Library has a limited number of scholarships to offer, and Career Online High School requires students to be able to commit at least eight hours per week to the program.
Applicants must be a California resident and have a San Francisco Public Library card (click here for more information about acquiring a library card).
Applicants must be at least 19 years old and have successfully completed 8th grade.
No. This is not a GED (General Educational Development) program. Successful graduates will earn a high school diploma and a career certification through an accredited high school.
While both the GED and the high school diploma are important, there are several differences between them: among the most significant is the fact that some colleges, institutions, and organizations require a high school diploma and may not accept the GED. In addition to providing a high school diploma, COHS gives students the benefit of earning a career certificate and completing additional job preparation documents and training.
Through COHS, students may earn a certificate in one of the following areas:
- Certified Protection Officer
- Child Care and Education
- Commercial Driving
- Food and Hospitality
- General Career Preparation
- Homeland Security
- Office Management
- Retail Customer Service
While we provide you with all of the coursework you need to qualify for a childcare certification, you will need to find a local agency in your community to fulfill the hands-on training hours required.
To arm you with the tools you need to find a job, we will teach you to create essential documents, such as your resume and a cover letter. All students must complete this.
You must use a desktop or laptop. A smart phone, tablet or iPad will not support the learning management system.
Yes. At this time, all coursework is available in English only.
No, you will not.
Students will be given up to 18 months to complete the program, which will consist of 18 credits. Students accepted into the program may transfer up to 14 credits from their former accredited high school. Depending on how many credits the student is able to transfer, the program can be completed in as few as five months. The average time to complete is 12 months.
COHS was founded in early 2010 and accredited as the world’s first online private school district in February 2011. Since February 2012, approximately 6,200 students have enrolled in the program with a retention rate of approximately 66% to 72%.
Career Online High School is accredited by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), and the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) accreditation seals.
This means that the Smart Horizons Career Online Education district and all of its schools are accredited, and that Smart Horizons Career Online Education is recognized across the nation as a quality school system, delivering an AdvancED/SACS/NCA/NWAC accredited online high school diploma.
AdvancED provides nationally recognized accreditation for school districts and individual schools and represents 32,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 70 countries worldwide, educating 20 million students. Learn more about the District Accreditation Process at www.advanc-ed.org.
The prevalence of online “diploma mills” and counterfeit degrees has unfortunately created some skepticism around the legitimacy of diplomas from online institutions. Career Online High School is NOT a diploma mill. Career Online High School is accredited by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), and the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) accreditation seals.
While Career Online High School itself is a new institution and may not immediately be familiar by name, it is easy to demonstrate that the school is recognized across the nation as a quality school system, delivering an AdvancedED accredited online high school diploma. It is important to understand that a high school diploma alone (from any type of accredited high school), is not enough to guarantee a student admission into a college or university, as each postsecondary institution has its own minimum standards including admissions exams, standardized test scores and other criteria.
Career Online High School is committed to the success of its graduates as they advance into the workplace or postsecondary education and training. Any alumni of the COHS program who has questions about their transcripts or meeting college admissions requirements may call 1-888-408-5783 or email email@example.com for support.
Yes, all COHS instructors are state certified. Most of the academic coaches and academic instructors are located in Florida. Office hours are 8 am to 5 pm Central Time; however, coaches have evening hours twice a week and the hours will likely be expanded. The COHS academic coach will welcome the student initially and then reach out to all students at least once every two weeks – and more often for students who want or need additional assistance.
San Francisco Public Library is committed to helping people meet their education and job preparation needs. The library encourages you to visit your nearest branch or The Bridge at Main and speak to the staff to help you find resources that will best fit your needs. You can also visit SFPL’s event calendar to see what other classes and programs are available.
Complete an online self-assessment. When answering questions in the self-assessment, be honest with yourself about whether you can commit the amount of time needed to complete this course. Upon completion of the self-assessment, you will be given a link to the two week prerequisite course. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be contacted by the library within 1 week to schedule an interview and discuss your application into the program.