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Earning Your Hawai'i High School Diploma!

Many jobs and most colleges and universities require at least a high school diploma for work or study. If you're an adult in Hawaii who does not have a high school diploma and wants to earn one, you may attend adult high school or complete the credits you need to graduate through adult education classes.

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Earning Your High School Diploma in Hawaii

The state of Hawaii offers a high school diploma for individuals who meet the educational requirements. High school diploma information may be found on the Hawaii Department of Education's high school graduation website.

High School Graduation Requirements

Hawaii requires 24 credits for students to earn a high school diploma. The subjects and credit hours required are:

  • English, 4 credits
  • Social Studies, 4 credits
  • Math, 3 credits
  • Science, 3 credits
  • Physical Education, 1 credit
  • Health, 0.5 credit
  • Personal Transition Plan, 0.5 credit
  • Electives, 6 credits
  • World Language, Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education, 2 credits

High School Diploma for Adults

If you're an adult in Hawaii who did not earn a high school diploma, you have two alternatives through the Community School for Adults - Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma or High School Equivalency Credential. The state allows you to complete your high school diploma through adult education programs offered in 10 locations. These programs are offered through the Department of Education. Or, you may choose to take the GED or HiSET test to obtain your High School Equivalency Credential diploma and obtain a transcript. If you are 16 or 17 years old you must obtain an exception to be eligible to take either exam. You must complete test preparation classes from an adult community school if you want a diploma in addition to the transcript.

Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma

The Competency Based Community School Diploma Program provides a high school diploma to students who complete all of the requirements. The program consists of a classroom and career goal phases that much be completed before they may graduate. Students are required to attend at least 75 percent of the classes, complete certain tasks, score at least 70 percent on two tests, and pass phase 2 requirements, the specifics of which depend on the career choice. More information on this option may be found at the Hawaii Adult Education website.

High School Equivalency Credential

The GED consists of four sections: science, social studies, reasoning through language arts, and mathematical reasoning. You must obtain a minimum score of 145 on each test and a combined total score of 580 to pass. The HiSET consists of five sections - reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science. You must obtain a minimum score of 8 on each test and a score of 2 on the essay to pass.

Why Get a High School Diploma in Hawaii?

According to the Hawaii Department of Education, individuals who receive a diploma have more opportunities such as military, college, job advancement, and increased income and job qualifications. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, full-time workers, over the age of 25, with a high school diploma consistently earn more than those who do not have a diploma.

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