Earning Your Nevada High School Diploma!

If you reside in the state of Nevada and have not earned your high school diploma, you might consider enrolling in an adult high school program. These programs can assist you in completing credits toward your diploma and prepare you to pass the Nevada proficiency test.

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Adult Education Programs in Nevada

The Nevada Department of Education, supported by at its public school districts, offers adult high school programs throughout the state (www.nde.doe.nv.gov). Through these programs, you may earn an adult standard diploma, which could enable you to seek employment, increase employability, transfer to a technical school or attend college. Nevada Adult Education, a program within the Nevada Department of Education, provides a directory to locate school districts that offer an adult high school program (www.nevadaadulteducation.org).

Eligibility Requirements

If you're interested in attending an adult high school program, you must be at least age 18 and must not be enrolled in a traditional high school. You also can't have previously earned your high school diploma. However, requirements may vary by school district. For example, you may only need to be age 17 but you must reside within a specific county to be eligible to enroll.

Nevada High School Diploma Requirements

To earn your adult high school diploma in Nevada, you'll need to satisfy a minimum number of credits. These credits could include subject areas such as English, mathematics, computer literacy and social studies courses, such as American history. In addition, you must pass a proficiency test that measures your mastery of mathematics, science and reading skills at the high school level.

Earning Your High School Diploma Online

Although there are online programs that allow you to earn a high school diploma, an online-based diploma may not be recognized by colleges and universities. You should check with potential employers or prospective colleges before enrolling in such programs.

Eligibility requirements for an online high school diploma vary by program. For example, age requirements may be 16 or 18. You'll complete courses at your own pace as you earn a minimum number of credits to receive your diploma. Some programs may ask that you provide them with your high school transcript to determine how many credits are still needed to complete your diploma.

Why Get Your High School Diploma in Nevada

A high school diploma can significantly increase both your annual earning as your employment rate. In 2016, a high school diploma (or its equivalent) was worth an additional $9,776 per year in annual earnings. That same year, the unemployment rate for people without a high school diploma was 7.4%, as compared to 5.2% for those with a diploma.

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