Career Online High School is an online high school diploma and career certification program available through the Carlsbad City Library. This pilot program offers scholarships to a limited number of qualified students.
Residents of Carlsbad and neighboring communities (at least 19 years of age), who have completed 8th grade and have a Carlsbad City Library card in good standing who wish to earn their high school diploma.
Scholarships are limited, and the demand is expected to be high. Eligible adults must successfully pass an online self-assessment and prerequisite course, as well as an in-person interview to be considered for enrollment in the program.
While both high school equivalency and the high school diploma are important, there are several differences between them. Among the most significant is the fact that some colleges, institutions and organizations require a high school diploma and may not accept an equivalency. In addition to providing a high school diploma, Career Online High School gives students the benefit of earning a career certificate and completing additional job preparation documents and training.
Students will be given up to 18 months to complete the program, which will consist of 18 credits. Students accepted into the program may transfer up to 14 credits from their former high school. Depending on how many credits the student is able to transfer, the program can be completed in as few as five months.