High School Programs

Get a head start on your college career

Running Start

You can get a head start on your college education while still in high school, and get on a fast track to reaching your ultimate career goals. Running Start gives qualified 11th or 12th grade students the opportunity to take credit classes at Seattle Central. You'll receive both college and high school credit for these classes, and tuition is paid by the state. Talk to your counselor about requirements. Learn More

Tech Prep

Tech Prep is a technical program, which will prepare you for high demand jobs. It enables you to get community college credit for approved high school classes, then continue on to the technical college program of your choice in the Seattle Community Colleges. You may enter the program as early as the ninth grade. For more information, talk to your counselor or career center specialist.

Earn your high school diploma

GED® (General Educational Development)

GED® classes prepare students to take the GED® exams in Mathematical Reasoning, Reasoning Through Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. Learn More

Learning Center Seattle

Learning Center Seattle serves 16 to 21 year olds (16 before Sept. 1) and have not completed high school but want to earn their GED® to go on to college or technical training program (tuition–free) and/or start a career. Students who meet the age eligibility requirements and already have a GED® are also eligible to enroll in the Learning Center Seattle program. Learn More

High School 21+ (HS 21+)

High School 21+ is a competency–based program for students with work or life experience that shows an ability to perform at the minimum level required for a Washington State diploma. Competency–based means demonstrating skills and knowledge.

Basic Requirements:

  • Be age 21 or older
  • Be able to provide official transcripts from an accredited,(official), high school.
  • Sign up for orientation starting August 17th
  • Create a Portfolio of evidence of competency(done inclass)
  • Complete the coursework and program portfolio

High School Completion

The High School Completion Program provides students with opportunities to complete a diploma. The student must complete the process for admissions, submit an official high school transcript for evaluation, and complete the COMPASS placement testing to determine eligibility into the courses needed for high school completion. For information, call 206.934.5450.

For more information contact Basic and Transitional Studies

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