Finish High School

You can complete or enhance your high school education at Highline.

With careful planning, you can take college courses that apply toward both your high school graduation requirements and college degree.

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If you are a current high school student who wants to enhance your education, review these programs:

Do you know about our Running Start program?

Earning an associate degree at Highline College will also satisfy your high school educational requirements. You will not need to complete certain exams and classes that are required by the Washington State Board of Education, such as the HSPE exam and U.S. history.

You can choose which associate degree works best for you: Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Applied Science (AAS).

When you apply to graduate with your associate degree, simply request your high school diploma too. Your diploma will be issued by Highline College. Learn more through Highline’s Running Start program.

Do you already know your career path?

If you are in high school and already know what career interests you, then Career Start may be for you. With Career Start, you would graduate from high school at or near the same time that you earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree at Highline. The AAS degree helps prepare you for a career in a professional-technical field. Similar to the Running Start program, the Career Start program lets you spend your junior and senior years of high school at Highline College. Learn more through Highline’s Career Start program.

If you are a high school student and at least 16 years old, you can take classes at Highline College. Many students come to Highline to fulfill high school graduation requirement, satisfy prerequisites for another course, begin a college degree or for personal enrichment. Through this program, you will still be enrolled in your high school, but taking classes at the college. Learn more through Highline’s High School Enhancement program.
As a junior or senior in high school, you can also enroll in college-level classes at Highline. With careful planning, these classes will apply to both your high school graduation requirements and your college degree.

The Running Start program is available fall, winter and spring quarters. You may enroll simultaneously in high school and college classes, or only in college classes. The program saves you money because college tuition is paid for through Running Start. You are only responsible for books and fees.

Learn more through Highline’s Running Start program, including the dates of upcoming Information Nights for high school students and parents.

If your high school education was interrupted, check out these programs:

Are you 21 years of age or older?

Earning an associate degree at Highline College will also satisfy your high school educational requirements. You will not need to complete certain exams and classes that are required by the Washington State Board of Education, such as the HSPE exam and U.S. history.

You can choose which associate degree works best for you: Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Applied Science (AAS).

When you apply to graduate with your associate degree, simply request your high school diploma too. Your diploma will be issued by Highline College. Learn more through Highline’s Running Start program.

Are you learning English and between the ages of 16 and 21? Do you want to complete high school? The Ex.C.E.L. program may be right for you.

Learn more by attending an English as a Second Language (ESL) orientation. Find the orientation schedule on the ESL webpage.

If you are 16 years of age or older, you may earn a certificate of educational competence if you pass the General Educational Development (GED) test. The GED program gives you the chance to earn your high school credential outside of school.

You can take the test at Highline College. Learn more through Highline’s ABE/GED program, including the dates of upcoming orientation sessions and test preparation courses. GED test registration and scheduling is handled by Highline’s Placement and Testing Center.

If you are 21 years of age or older and want to finish high school, then come to Highline College. Learn more through Highline’s High School Completion program, including how to apply and eligibility requirements. If you are 16 to 21 years old, explore Highline’s other programs: Associate Degree Earns High School Diploma, Pathway to College or GED.

Are you between 16 and 21 years old? Have you dropped out of high school or far behind in credits? Pathway to College may be right for you. It is a dual-credit program where you would earn a high school diploma while earning college-level credits.

Pathway to College operates as a program within the college. Students are viewed as adult college students at Highline. Classes can be offered both during the day and in the evening, giving you flexibility if you work or have children. Learn more about how Highline’s Pathway to College can help you.