In the Adult High School diploma program, a diploma is earned by completing the required course credits. Credit is given for courses completed in traditional high school. A transcript must be submitted for evaluation by AHS staff to determine the number and subject of credits required for diploma completion. Classes are offered in a lab setting and provide course work in English, mathematics, social studies, science, and electives. Course placement is based on previous high school transcripts and assessment scores. There are no tuition fees; however, student will be required to purchase personal supplies.
All AHS students must attend class at the James Building (Hamlet, NC) or the Scotland Center (Laurinburg, NC).
Students under 18 years of age must earn a total of 28 credits to graduate. Students 18 and older must earn a total of 22 credits to graduate. A student is required to complete one credit with RCC to be eligible to earn an RCC Adult High School Diploma.
RCC does admit students under the age of 18 to the College and Career Readiness Program; however, a student must be at least 16 years old to enroll. Underage students will need to bring a Referral for Alternative Education Form (or a Letter of Release) and Official Transcript (for the Adult High School Diploma) from the last school attended. The parent or guardian of the underage student will need to complete and have notarized an application for admission. Underage students wishing to earn a GED must also have an underage application for taking the official GED test that will require a notary’s signature. RCC offers classes that meet 20 hours per week for students under the age of 18. Students are required to attend classes for 20 hours per week. By attending for 20 hours per week, an underage student will be eligible for a driver’s license in the state of North Carolina.
Students who complete their Adult High School Diploma or GED at Richmond Community College are eligible for scholarships to put toward tuition to begin an associate’s degree at the college. To qualify for an AHS/GED scholarship, an application must be completed and submitted before the deadline in June. Scholarships are awarded at the annual AHS/GED Graduation. Students may also be eligible for additional financial aid.
A graduation ceremony is held in June of each year at the Cole Auditorium. All AHS/GED graduates are eligible to participate in a graduation sponsored by Richmond Community College. There will be a graduation fee for graduates participating in the graduation ceremonies. The diploma is issued by Richmond Community College in cooperation with the Richmond and Scotland County Boards of Education.
For additional information, contact:
College and Career Readiness
Workforce and Economic Development
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