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How do you get a free high school diploma as an adult?

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To get a free high school diploma as an adult, enroll in a local free high school, and complete all the required coursework and tests. Depending on which state you live in, there may be numerous options at brick-and-mortar institutions or online.

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Adults between the ages of 17 and 50 who live in Austin, Texas attend a tuition-free, accredited high school program through The Goodwill Excel Center. The Center is a public charter school that offers high school coursework per state standards, specialized learning plans, life coaching, childcare and transportation vouchers. Courses occur in small eight-week blocks, and dual enrollment with Austin Community College is available.

Alamance Community College in North Carolina oversees a free online adult high school diploma program. The college even considers transferable high school credits students completed at previously attended secondary schools. Alamance conducts online classes through Plato, an online coursework interface. Students who successfully fulfill course requirements per North Carolina Department of Public Instruction standards receive an official high school diploma from the Alamance-Burlington School System.

The Christel House Drop Out Recovery School, or DORS, provides tuition-free high school coursework to adults 18 and over. There are day and night classes, and students may apply for dual enrollment at Ivy Tech Community College. Christel House DORS is a public charter school authorized by the mayor of Indianapolis.

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