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Adult High School Diploma

What is the Adult High School Diploma?

It is an opportunity for people who do not have a high school diploma to obtain one by completing the necessary courses and credits through Skagit Valley College.

Who is eligible to participate in the Adult High School Diploma Program?

Any student 19 years or older may obtain a high school diploma through Skagit Valley College (SVC). Students under the age of 19 may enter this program with the specific recommendation of their high school counselor or principal.

SVC cannot issue a high school diploma to any student prior to the ordinary date of graduation of that student's graduating class. SVC will issue a letter, upon request, stating that a student has met all of the requirements for graduation and will be issued a diploma.

What does a person need to do to get started in the Adult High School Diploma Program?

  • Complete and submit an SVC "Application for Admission" form to the campus you wish to attend. You may obtain an application from any Admissions Office or online.
  • If you wish to attend the Mount Vernon campus of SVC, call 360.416.7654 to schedule an appointment with the Adult High School Diploma Program advisor.
    Brian Hanchett
    Skagit Valley College
    Mount Vernon Campus
    2405 East College Way
    Mount Vernon, WA 98273
    You will need to bring an official copy of your high school transcript in a sealed, unopened envelope to your appointment.   
  • If you wish to attend one of the campuses below, submit a transcript request to the last high school you attended to have an official transcript to be sent to the appropriate college office on the campus you wish to attend:
    • Whidbey Island Campus
      Student Services
      Skagit Valley College
      Whidbey Island Campus
      1900 S. E. Pioneer Way
      Oak Harbor, WA 98277
    • South Whidbey Center
      Skagit Valley College
      South Whidbey Center
      Kelli White-Mellish
      5675 Maxwelton Road, Room 137
      Langley, WA 98260
    • San Juan Center 
      Skagit Valley College
      San Juan Center
      221 Weber Way
      Friday Harbor, WA 98250
  • Contact the campus of your choice listed above for instructions on taking a placement exam, arranging an appointment with an Adult High School Diploma Program advisor, scheduling, and payment information.
  • Attend your appointment with the SVC Adult High School Diploma Program advisor to obtain an evaluation of credits and to schedule classes.
  • Register at the Registration Office and begin attendance when the quarter begins.

What is required to complete the Adult High School Diploma?

The requirements for completing the diploma are:

Effective to anyone who entered the 9th grade BEFORE Fall 2004:

Courses High School Credits College Credits

English

3 credits

15 credits

Mathematics

2 credits

10 credits

U.S. History

1 credit

5 credits

Contemporary World Problems

1 credit

5 credits

Washington State History

½ credit

3 credits

Science

2 credits

10 credits

Health, Safety or P.E.

2 credits

10 credits

Occupational

1 credit

5 credits

Electives

5 ½ credits

28 credits

Restricted Electives

1 credit

5 credits

TOTAL

19 credits

96 credits

Effective to anyone entering the 9th grade Fall 2004 and AFTER

Courses High School Credits College Credits
English 3 credits 15 credits
Mathematics 2 credits 10 credits
History 1 credit 5 credits
Contemporary World Problems 1 credit 5 credits
Washington State History ½ credit 3 credits
Science (must include 5 credit lab class (1 unit) 2 credits 10 credits
Health, Safety or P.E. 2 credits 10 credits
Occupational 1 credit 5 credits
Electives/Culminating Project 5 ½ credits 28 credits
Restricted Electives 1 credit 5 credits
TOTAL 19 credits 96 credits

High School and Beyond Plan Completed
WASL Reading, Writing and Math Tests Passed

These courses may be taken during the day, at night, through distance education, or in combination.

I have been out of school for a long time. Will I feel out of place at Skagit Valley College?

No. The Adult High School Diploma Program, as well as other programs at SVC, serves student of all ages.

Is there any way to get something equivalent to a high school diploma by taking a test?

Yes. SVC is an official General Education Development Testing Center. If you are 19 or over (or between 16-18 years old with a High School Release Form) and pass a series of tests, you will be issued a Certificate of Educational Competency (GED).

For more information click here.

I didn't even complete grade school. Is that a problem?

No. Skagit Valley College operates basic education courses at many locations through Skagit and Island counties that can provide help in preparing you for the GED or Adult High School Diploma.

For more information on the Adult High School Diploma Program, please contact the appropriate campus contact below:
  • Mount Vernon Campus
    Brian Hanchett
    2405 East College Way
    Mount Vernon, WA 98273
    Phone: 360.416.7654
    Email: brian.hanchett@skagit.edu
  • Whidbey Island Campus
    Student Services
    1900 S. E. Pioneer Way
    Oak Harbor, WA 98277
    Phone: 360.679.5319
    Email: wicadmissions@skagit.edu
  • South Whidbey Center
    Kelli White-Mellish
    5675 Maxwelton Road, Room 137
    Langley, WA 98260
    Phone: 360.679.5304
    Email: kelli.white-mellish@skagit.edu
  • San Juan Center
    221 Weber Way
    Friday Harbor, WA 98250
    Phone: 360.378.3220
    Fax: 360.378.5898