Earning Your Colorado High School Diploma!

Colorado residents who wish to earn a high school diploma have one option available to them. Local school districts may offer adult education programs that prepare them to take the GED test.

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How to Earn a Colorado High School Diploma

As of 2014, Colorado has eliminated competency-based adult education programs and Colorado high school diplomas for adults. Instead, adults who do not have a high school diploma and wish to complete their secondary school education can complete adult education programs and take the GED (General Educational Development) exam. Depending on where you live in Colorado, you may enroll through a school district, a community college or private school to take courses that help you prepare for the GED. The GED exam covers four modules: reasoning through language arts, social studies, science and mathematics. Students must score a minimum of 150 on each section to pass. The entire test costs $150.

Contact your local school district to find out if these options are available in your area. For general information about adult education in Colorado, visit the Colorado Department of Education's website (http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeadult).

Adult Education

Adult education programs are offered by various county schools, libraries or community colleges. In an adult high school, students who are 18 years and older may attend traditional classes. Adult education programs offer registration periodically throughout the year. Prospective students usually must first attend an orientation and take a pre-test and also provide official transcripts to document course credits already earned at other schools. They must also have withdrawn from school at least 30 days prior to registration.

Adult education students may attend classes in the morning or evening and attendance is generally required. School instructors check assignments, give course exams and provide tutoring as needed. Coursework prepares students to take the GED.

Tuition varies for adult high school programs depending on the county, but those who are under 21 may only need to pay registration dues or pay a reduced tuition. In addition to registration fees, students who are over 21 years are generally required to pay tuition varying from around $50 to over $150, with some programs offering tuition reduction after the first quarter. You can contact your local school district to learn more about adult high schools in your community or visit the online directory of available programs at (http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeadult/aefldirectory.)

Why Get A High School Diploma in Colorado?

Earning a high school diploma or its equivalent can prepare students for many entry-level jobs, including customer service representatives or secretary and administrative assistants; these are among the top 10 careers in the state with the most projected job openings between 2014-2024, according to CareerOneStop.org. The diploma can also prepare students for college-level study. Four of the top-ten careers with the most openings during the ten-year period require a bachelor's degree.

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