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Earn Your High School Diploma

Career Online High School

Looking to expand your career opportunities, re-enter the workforce or continue your education? Apply for a scholarship to earn your high school diploma online, for free. 

In partnership with the California State Library and the Friends of the Sunnyvale Public Library, we provide scholarships to Sunnyvale adult learners. 

What is Career Online High School?

Hear from past graduates about their experience with the program.

Do I Qualify?

To be eligible for the program, you need to:

  • Be 18 years old or older.
  • Have completed at least eighth grade.
  • Have a Sunnyvale Public Library card in good standing.

Quick Facts

  • You will have 18 months to complete your degree.
  • You may transfer credits from high school courses you have already taken.
  • You will complete all courses online. Courses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Regular access to a computer or tablet with internet access is required.
  • You will also earn a career certificate in one of nine fields as you work toward your diploma.
  • An academic coach and a librarian will guide and support you as you complete the program.
  • How is Career Online High School (COHS) different from a GED? A GED is a series of tests that are a substitute for a High School Diploma. With COHS, you complete all the coursework for a high school diploma and earn a career certificate. Some colleges and employers require a high school diploma and will not accept a GED.

What Do I Need to Be Successful?

  • Comfortable with technology
  • Good time management skills
  • Ability to read, write and speak in English
  • Minimum 10 hours a week for coursework

How Do I Apply?

  1. Begin by taking the online Are You Ready Survey. Tell us about yourself and why you think this program is right for you.
  2. We will email you within one week with directions for how to enroll in a prerequisite career course. Once enrolled, you will have two weeks to complete the course.
  3. If you pass the prerequisite course, we will contact you to schedule an interview.
  4. If you pass the interview, you will attend a virtual orientation.
  5. After orientation, we will invite you to commit to the program. The first 30 days are a probationary period.

We offer Scholarships on a first-come, first-qualified basis. Enrollment is limited.

Thoughts from Sunnyvale's Graduates

"I was not able to finish my high school [education], and wanted to obtain my high school diploma, which I believed would open many doors for me. [Now that I have graduated,] I would like to further my education and pursue my bachelor's degree."

- Muna M., 2019 Sunnyvale Public Library COHS Graduate

"I applied for Career Online High School with a certificate in Early Childhood Education to learn different [teaching] techniques and positive learning. My spouse was the biggest support … [I recommend] start[ing] the course with time-management skills and self-motivation [to graduate]."

- Shivangi J., 2019 Sunnyvale Public Library COHS Graduate

Adult Education and Career Planning

Want to complete your education but not sure COHS is right for you? Explore these other adult programs that may be a better match for your goals.

Explore local resources and find the career that's right for you. 

For More Information

Contact the enrollment team
Visit Career Online High School

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2022