High School 21+

It’s not a test – it’s a diploma!

If you are an adult 21 years or older needing a high school diploma, there’s a new way to get one - through High School 21+, a competency-based high school diploma program available at North starting in Fall Quarter 2015.

The vast majoritiy of jobs in Washington state required at least a high school diploma and one year of college. With High School 21+, it's never too late to finish what you started!


Lots of Ways to Get Credit

You can now take ABE, GED, ESL and IBEST classes and get high school credit for them. You can also take portfolio classes in such subjects as Fine Arts, Health, and History, and work at your own pace. You can even use skills you learned on the job or in the military to receive high school credits. And while you are doing it, you will be planning your career or college pathway toward the future you’ve always wanted.

An alternative to the GED, High School 21+ adds rigorous high-school level education and training to basic skills classes so you can upgrade your skills while working toward a high school credential on North’s campus.

Make an Individualized Plan

A North advisor will review your transcripts and your life experience and then work with you to craft an individualized educational plan for getting your diploma and building your customized pathway to college and careers.

You can demonstrate your knowledge in several ways, including passing basic skills classes in subjects like Language Arts or Math, taking portfolio classes in PE or Fine Arts; documenting your work, life and military experience; and transferring credits from high school and college transcripts.

Through High School 21+ you will earn your high school diploma by demonstrating competency in reading, writing, and math in the context of science, history, government, occupational studies, and digital literacy.

Cost Is Low

High School 21+ is affordable. Classes are only $25 a quarter! As a student at North, you can get help with your studies through the college’s free tutoring resources. By completing the program you get access to financial aid, college-level classes and a career.

Get Started

Contact the Adult Basic Skills advisor for more information.

  • Program Advisor
  • Shan Lackey
  • email
  • (206) 934-7303
  • Basic & Transitional Studies Division
  • Location
  • IB 2407c
  • Division Contacts
  • email
  • (206) 934-4720
  • Mailing Address
  • NSC Basic & Transitional Studies Division
  • 9600 College Way N
  • 3NC2407C
  • Seattle, WA 98103
  • Dean
  • Curtis Bonney