Student Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply to Career Online High School?
Adult residents (19 and over) who possess a library membership card and wish to earn their high school diplomas. Minors should pursue their high school education through existing school district resources. How will people be selected for the program? Applicants will be required to successfully pass an online self-assessment and prerequisite course to participate in the program. Enrollment will be limited and the demand is expected to be high.
How will people be selected for the program?
Applicants will be required to successfully pass an online self-assessment and prerequisite course to participate in the program. Enrollment will be limited and the demand is expected to be high.
How long will it take me to complete the program?
Depending on how many credits you transfer in, you can be on your way to earning your high school diploma in as little as five months. You will be given up to 18 months to complete the program. The average time to complete is 12 months.
When can I start my classes?
We offer rolling admissions, which means you can start anytime of the year–whenever it is convenient for you. A prerequisite course is required before you may enroll in the full Career Online High School program. Upon successful completion of the two-week prerequisite course, your library may award you a scholarship to continue with the full Career Online High School. At that time, an admissions advisor will provide you with all of the information you need to get started.
I dropped out my senior year of high school. Will all of the courses I completed count toward this diploma?
Once you have completed the prerequisite and enrolled in the full program, a Career Online High School representative will analyze your transcripts and apply credits for any coursework you completed that fulfills our credit transfer requirements. Elective credits do not apply since the electives we offer are required for you to earn your career certification.
How much time will I need to dedicate to my coursework?
We recommend that you dedicate 8-10 hours per week to your coursework. Your academic coach will help keep you on track! We also provide you with a pace guide that helps you move through the program by completing one credit every two weeks.
When can I work on my courses?
Courses are self-paced and taught in an online learning environment available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What if I need help with my coursework?
Your academic coach will connect you with one of our certified instructors, who will provide you with additional academic support, when needed.
What is the career portfolio?
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.
If I choose a major like child care, how will I train to work with children?
We provide you with all of the coursework you need in order to qualify for a childcare certification, enabling you to find a local agency in your community to fulfill the hands-on training hours required.
Why shouldn't I just get my GED?
A GED or General Equivalency Diploma requires you to pay for an exam. Preparing for the exam does not always provide you with the learning opportunities you can gain through completing coursework. Additionally, Career Online High School gives you the added benefit of earning a career certificate and completing additional job preparation documents and training.

We encourage you to make the decision that is right for you. Research all of your options so that you can make an informed decision. Also, you may want speak with your local library, friends, family, and your employer about the opportunities available to you.

How much does it cost?
Career Online High School is a program offered through your library as a service to the community and to fulfill its mission of supporting lifelong learning and local economic development. The library awards scholarships for enrollment into Career Online High School to adults who wish to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate. Students should demonstrate their commitment to completing the program through their effort and time dedicated to classwork. Scholarship availability may be limited. Successful completion of the prerequisite course does not guarantee a scholarship will be awarded.
Are you accredited?
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.

Will I need to purchase textbooks?
No you will not; however, the Language Arts classes may require novels, which you can purchase or check out of the library.