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Career Online High School


San Diego Public Library is proud to offer adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate online. The library's program provides scholarships to adults, age 19 and older, who are looking to continue their education, expand their career opportunities, or prepare for workforce entry.

To be considered for the program, applicants first complete an online survey and prerequisite course, followed by an information session with San Diego Public Library staff. 

Once enrolled in the program, Career Online High School (COHS) pairs each student with an online academic coach, who offers ongoing guidance, evaluates performance, and connects the student with the resources needed to master the courses. Students will be given up to 18 months to complete the program. 

The process to apply is simple, begin by taking an online survey.

Apply Here!

Enrollment Process

Career Online High School Flowchart

Congratulations to our Graduates!

Photos of Career Online High School Graduates

Read about a recent graduate here.

Learn More

To learn more about this program, please email diploma@sandiego.gov and our enrollment team will contact you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Career Online High School (COHS)?

Who can apply to COHS?

How will people be selected for the program?

What is a prerequisite course?

What if I do not finish the prerequisite course within two weeks?

Will COHS students receive their GED?

What is the difference between a GED and high school diploma?

What type of career certification will be offered?

How long will it take for students to complete the program?

What if I live outside the city of San Diego?

Does the Library offer other resources for education and job preparation?

Want To Help Support Scholarships?

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