Adult High School Completion

Lake Washington Institute of Technology provides a number of educational pathways to help adults reach their goals. LWTech offers a wide variety of degree and certificates to prepare students for today's careers and tomorrow's opportunities, and also has many options for earning a high school diploma or equivalent.

Contact the High School Programs office to make an appointment for an evaluation. At this appointment we can discuss your goals and previous educational coursework completion, then determine what classes you will need to take in order to complete your high school diploma. We will discuss options for taking these classes and any testing that is needed to get started.

If you have earned credit when you were in high school or through other accredited schools or colleges, you will want to contact them to obtain official copies. Official copies must be in a sealed envelope. It is a good idea to ask for a second copy so that you can have one for your records and one for the evaluation.

Adult High School Completion FAQs

Do I need to have a high school diploma to apply for financial aid?

Generally, to apply for federal financial aid you need to have a high school diploma or high school equivalency like the GED®.

Do I need a high school diploma to go to college or take classes at LWTech?

No, you don't need a high school diploma. Students 18 or older are eligible for admission to LWTech.

Am I too old to earn a high school diploma?

No! LWTech has options for students from age 16 and beyond. In addition to our Technical Academy, there are several other options for students who are 18 years of age or older to earn a high school diploma at LWTech depending on individual needs and interests. Credit and course requirements are prescribed by the State of Washington.

Keep in mind, it is never too late to earn a high school diploma or equivalent! Many students who wish to achieve this important milestone are in their thirties, forties, and older.

What is the GED®? or High School Equivalency Testing?

Even if you didn't finish high school, you may have knowledge and skills comparable with a high school graduate. The GED®® (General Education Development) is one of several high school equivalency examinations that certify that the taker has high school level academic skills in key subject areas. Beginning in January 2014, the GED® exams will be:

  • Delivered in a computer-based format only.
  • Four tests that align with the national Common Core State Standards. These standards are designed to ensure every student is ready to compete and succeed; whether he or she  goes on into  higher education or pursues a better career in the global economy.
How can I prepare for the GED® exam?

LWTech offers several ways for students to build their skills and test with confidence. We can provide you with practice tests or can register you for low cost test preparation classes.

Which is better, a High School Diploma (Adult High School or High School 21+) or the GED®?

There's no right answer to this question. Depending on your academic skills, how much time you have to complete your education, and what your goals are in life, any option can be the right one.  Either version of the high school diploma requires effort, class attendance, and completion of credits. A high school equivalency examination such as the GED®®may be the fastest way for you to meet your goals, since it requires only that you pass a standardized test.  However, institutions such as the military restrict the admission of GED® completers and may give preference to applicants holding a high school diploma.  

How much will it cost?

This will depend on the option that is best for you and most aligned with your interests and goals. The cost per class can vary from $25 up to regular college tuition. We can discuss in more detail at your evaluation appointment. The testing fee for the GED®® is $30.00 for each of the four subjects ($120 total) and the re-testing fee is $36.00 per test.

What courses will I have to take?

An evaluation of your transcripts must be done before we can tell you what courses you need to complete your diploma. The State of Washington sets the minimum requirements for the high school diploma. A total of 19 or 20 credits are required and are spread among English, mathematics, history, government, art, science, physical education, occupational subjects, and electives. LWTech offers a wide variety of ways to complete these requirements.