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How to Earn Your High School Diploma in Alabama
If a person did not or could not earn a high school diploma by normal means, Alabama offers an alternate adult high school diploma, as well as adult high school classes. The state also offers basic adult education and English as a second language (ESL) courses. Some community colleges may offer remedial classes to help students pass the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE).
High School Graduation Requirements
Alabama requires all students to complete 24 credits to receive a high school diploma. These include four credits of English, four credits of mathematics, four credits of science, four credits of social studies, one credit of physical education, half a credit of health education, one credit of career preparedness and three credits of career and technical education and foreign language or arts education. The remaining credits can be earned through elective courses.
Alternate Adult High School Diploma
The Alabama Alternate Adult High School Diploma (AAAHSD) is available to students who have completed all of their necessary credits, but who have failed to pass the AHSGE. The program allows the student to take and pass the General Educational Development (GED) test instead of the AHSGE. Successful completion of the GED and all credits allows the student to be awarded with the AAAHSD.
The program is available to students 16 years of age or older who have failed at least one subject matter area of the AHSGE. If a student eventually passes the AHSGE, he or she will be awarded a normal diploma instead of the AAAHSD. Students who complete the AAAHSD program can receive their diplomas with the rest of their graduating class.
Adult High School Diploma
Many local community colleges in Alabama also offer adult high school programs which can allow students to complete high school-level coursework. Those who are 16 or 17 years of age must first receive approval from a local superintendent and prove that they have withdrawn from high school to take these classes.