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  Jan 30, 2023
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Adult High School (7517) (N.C.)

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Non-Degree Seeking


The Adult High School (AHS) program enables an adult, no longer enrolled in public high school, to complete the required courses and state assessments to earn a standard high school diploma.

The Program

This program strives to motivate students not only to obtain a GED® diploma, but to continue their education to earn a postsecondary degree, certificate, or industry certification. Students in this program participate in four content-area assessments: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematics Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies. 

The Adult High School Program is designed in accordance with standards established by the state. The program is based on the State of Florida adult education course description and the Florida Standards included in the secondary course description. Students who are enrolled in the program must meet all state and local requirements for graduation unless otherwise noted in F.S. 1003.4828 (7)(b) at

To obtain a standard adult education diploma a student must earn the standard 24 credits, maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and successfully complete all required statewide exams (or earn concordant or comparative scores in respective courses) in accordance with State of Florida guidelines.  Depending on 18 or 24 credit options, please refer to F.S. 1003.4282 at or F.S.1002.3105 at

Program courses may include but are not limited to, traditional lecture instruction, competency and performance-based adult education, distance learning and computer-assisted instruction. 

Application Procedure

In order to be to be eligible for enrollment in the Adult High School program and the associated coursework, students must:

  1. Be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Require 10 credits or less (including Certificate of Completion) to earn a standard high school diploma in the state of Florida.
    Note: Certificate of Completion is defined as the student having met the State of Florida 24 credits requirement but has not passed FCAT 2.0 and/or earned a 2.0 GPA.
  3. Have a standard grade point average (GPA) 1.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Be seeking and have not already completed any high school completion credential.

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Professional Coursework

Program Hours: Varies/1,300 (Maximum Recommended Hours: maximum of 1,300 hours may be funded (state) per each reportable year for an adult education student; however, this should not prevent students from receiving instruction beyond the 1,300 hours if needed).

Total Contact Hours: Varies/1,300

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a certificate of completion, students must have met the following requirements.

Adult High School
  1. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
  2. Complete requirements for adult high school students (per State Board Rule 6A-6.020) as specified in the Florida Course Code Directory and the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) Adult High School Technical Assistance paper.
  3. Students enrolled in the Adult High School must complete and earn a minimum of two (2) high school credits at FSCJ to meet graduation requirements (including increasing the student’s grade point average and passing the state approved assessment) and receive a State of Florida standard diploma.
Applied Academics for Adult Education
  1. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
  2. Complete requirements for currently enrolled CTE program and meet one of the basic skill exemptions (per State Board Rule 6A.10.040). 
High School Equivalency
  1. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
  2. Students enrolled in the High School Equivalency program must pass the full battery (Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies) of the 2014 GED® test with the required minimum passing score:
    • (145-164) - Pass / High School Equivalency
    • (165-174) - GED® College Ready
    • (175-200) - GED® College Ready + Credit (Articulation conversations are in-progress)
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  1. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
  2. Earn a CASAS score that meets or exceeds the program’s exit requirement.
    • For ESOL series ELL 0115 - ELL 0615, a student must earn a CASAS score in his/her designated student category of Listening or Reading that places him/her out of Advanced level. This student will receive a certificate for ESOL completion.
    • For College and Career Readiness, a student must pass the CCR departmental exam. If successful, they will receive an instructor recommendation to take the Accuplacer CPTL which places the student in English for Academic Purposes. This student will receive a certificate of completion for College and Career Readiness.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements.
  • Students who enter under the (2020/2021) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2020/2021 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees and FLDOE may supersede this provision.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.

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