Career Online High School

By providing self-paced, flexible online courses, students from around the world can complete their high school diploma. We offer adult learners who did not complete high school the opportunity to transform their lives by earning a high school diploma, learning to be community leaders, and prepare for careers and employment based on academic requirements.  This opportunity can also prepare students for entrance into college and other postsecondary training.

Accreditation & Licensing

AdvancED Accreditation Commission of the national commission that confers the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, and the Northwest Accreditation Commission.

About the Program

The Career Online High School (COHS) diploma is a valid high school diploma by the United States Department of Education (USDOE).  COHS was developed in 2012 through a partnership with Cengage Learning and Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE). SHCOE is the world's first online accredited school district.  

There are built-in support mechanisms to guide you through the online diploma process. Classes begin on a rolling basis, are self-paced and taught asynchronously. After enrolling, you can access a Virtual Welcome Kit that provides important orientation information.

The Online Student Campus allows you 24/7 access, immediate feedback on assignments and tests, and resources such as Gradebook, Pace Guide, eLibrary, Calendar, and Academic Support Services.

You can also contact an Academic Coach and instructors as needed. In addition to class work, biweekly seminars and monthly career webinars build skills for employment. You learn how to create a portfolio, a resume, and write an effective cover letter.

SHCOE has an authorized CEEB code (CEEB stands for College Entrance Examination Board, i.e. the College Board). Qualified students can use the code (102450) on their FAFSA (federal financial aid) forms. The CEEB Code is also inserted on the COHS transcript.  


You must be 16 years of age or older and have completed the 8th grade at an accredited institution. Minors will be required to obtain parental consent for acknowledgment of responsibility and enrollment.   

Accredited high school diploma and career certificate.

Complete a total of 18 units either through SHCOE or through a combination of transferred credits from an accredited institution and SHCOHS credits.


Earn a Career Certificate in a high-demand field.    

  • Language Arts (4 credits)    
  • Social Studies (3 credits)
  • Math (3 credits)        
  • Science (3 credits)
  • Health/Personal Fitness (1 credit)
  • Career Elective Courses (4 credits) 
  • General Career Prep 
  • Office Management
  • Food and Hospitality
  • Childcare and Education
  • Retail Customer Service
  • Certified Protection Officer
  • Commercial Driving
  • Homeland Security 
  • Hospitality and Leisure

Strategic Partners: UpSkill America, YouthBuild, and National Association of Workforce Boards.  

Major Corporate Partners provide the program to their employees:  Walmart, McDonald's, Goodwill, and more....

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Part I (2-week Academic Prep) *free *

Step 1: Select 1 of 9 career programs

Step 2: Enroll in the Pre-requisite: Part 1.

Step 3: Complete all assignments in 2 weeks (access expires at 2 weeks). You will receive your first 1/2 credit.

Part II (full program)  $1,345   

Tuition needs to be paid prior to starting Part II (full program).  You will have support working with you along the way.  

Complete Enrollment and get Transfer Credits

  • Transfer in high school credits for courses you already completed (*see note below)
  • Virtual Welcome Kit shows you step by step how the program works
  • Welcome phone call kicks off a virtual tour of the online campus (think of it as the first-day-of-school orientation)

* For credits to be transferred in to the program, the credits must be in non-elective high school courses taken through an accredited high school. The transcripts must be sent from the former high school to the program material provider. Instructions and assistance with the process is provided to our students.

Graduate with the following

  • Accredited High School Diploma
  • Career Certificate
  • Career Portfolio with resumes and cover letters
  • Job training and skills