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Career Online High School (COHS) is an online private high school diploma and career certification program available through some of Florida's public libraries. This program offers free enrollment to a limited number of qualified adult students.
Adult residents who are at least 19-years-old and wish to earn their high school diploma. As an indicator of readiness it is recommended that the applicant have attended the 9th grade. Minors should pursue their high school education through existing high school programs.
Program applicants must have a public library card in good standing or be willing to apply for a library card. Program applicants who have already received a standard high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma are not eligible for this program. Program applicants who have already received a certificate of completion are eligible.
Through COHS, students may earn a certificate in the following areas:
To arm COHS Students with the tools needed to find a job, COHS will teach students to create essential documents, such as resumes and cover letters. All students must complete this.
Yes, all course work is web based.
You may use a desktop laptop or tablet. Computers are available for use at the North Miami Public Library during regular business hours.
Yes. At this time, all coursework is available in English only.
No. All material will be provided by COHS.
Students will be given up to 18 months to complete the program, which will consist of 18 credits. Students accepted into the program may transfer up to 14 credits from their former accredited high school. Depending on how many credits the student is able to transfer, the program can be completed in as few as six months. The average time to complete is 12 months.
The prevalence of online "diploma mills" and counterfeit degrees has unfortunately created some skepticism around the legitimacy of diplomas from online institutions. Career Online High School is not a diploma mill. Career Online High School is accredited by:
While Career Online High School itself is a new institution and may not immediately be familiar by name, it is easy to demonstrate that the school is recognized across the nation as a quality school system, delivering an Advanced accredited online high school diploma. It is important to understand that a high school diploma alone (from any type of accredited high school), is not enough to guarantee a student admission into a college or university, as each postsecondary institution has its own minimum standards including admissions exams, standardized test scores and other criteria.
First, complete the online self-assessment. After successfully submitting the web-based self-assessment, applicants will be contacted by the North Miami Public Library within 5 business days to discuss the prerequisite course. Upon successful completion of the course, applicants will be contacted by the library within 5 days to schedule an interview and discuss the applicant's program admission.
During the in-person interview, the applicant will be told if they qualify to receive a COHS scholarship.
Community members seeking to donate funds to the NoMi COHS may email Georgette Spratling.
If there are no additional scholarships available for the year, and students who are accepted into the program and would like to pay tuition out of pocket, the fees and payment options are as follows:
A 3 month extension can be granted at the discretion of the Academic Coach. If a student receives an extension an out of pocket fee of $250 will be assessed.
At the discretion of the Academic Coach, a student can be granted up to 6 months leave of absence at no charge.