High School Completion Plus

Below is some important information for High School Completion Plus students.

Graduation Requirements

The State of Washington requires High School Completion Plus students to satisfy all the following by the end of their final quarter in order to receive their high school diploma:

- Complete a High School and Beyond Plan with the Career Services Center (BE1102E1)

- Meet all requirements for a transfer degree (Associate of Arts, Science, or Business)

- Take Pacific Northwest History (HIST&214) and U.S. History (HIST& 136, 146, or 105) Students will complete these classes as part of their Associate’s degree curriculum.

- Meet the required English Language Arts, Math, and Science test scores below:

Class of 2017 and beyond

  SAT with Essay
(March 2016
or later)
SAT
(March 2016
or later)
ACT with Writing
(Sept. 2016
or later)
ACT
(Sept. 2016
or later)
 Mathematics  430  430  16  16
 English Language Arts  410 N/A   14  N/A
 Science (Biology)  N/A  N/A  16  16

Class of 2016 and prior

  Old SAT
(prior to March 2016)
SAT with Essay
(March 2016 or later)
ACT with Writing
(prior to Sept. 2016)
 Mathematics  390  430  16
 Reading  350  19  13
 Writing  380  22   15*
 Science (Biology)  N/A  N/A  16

*SAT Subject Tests, PSAT, or alternate ACT tests (i.e. ACT Compass, Aspire, etc.) DO NOT qualify.

 
We recommend students take science classes at Seattle Central (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc...) to prepare for an ACT with Writing or AP Subject Test exam.

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Students who will be at least 21 years old at the time they earn their associate transfer degree can be awarded the high school diploma once they complete the associate transfer degree requirements. They do not need to complete the other requirements noted above.

High School Completion Plus and the transfer process

Like College Transfer students, High School Completion Plus students can transfer to four-year colleges and universities to earn a bachelor’s degree. Depending on the university, though, the enrollment process may be different. See the FAQs below for more details about how earning a high school diploma at Seattle Central College can affect your transfer process:

What are the benefits of High School Completion Plus?
The high school diploma you can earn at Seattle Central is issued by the State of Washington. It is accepted at universities all over the country. There are quite a few universities that do not require a high school diploma for students who have earned a certain number of college credits, but other universities require all applicants to have a high school diploma. If you want to be eligible to apply to any university in the U.S., a high school diploma will be necessary.

If I do not have a high school diploma, is doing High School Completion Plus required?
It is your decision whether or not to earn your high school diploma at Seattle Central. Some universities do require you to have a high school diploma. You may decide to earn only your associate degree and apply just to universities that do not require a high school diploma. In that case, you would not need to earn the diploma.

How does the High School Completion Plus program affect my transfer choices?
Whether or not you do the High School Completion Plus program, you have many choices of transfer universities. If you earned a high school diploma in your home country before studying at Seattle Central, you will apply to almost all U.S. universities as a transfer student (a very, very small number of universities do not accept transfer credits). If you do not already have a high school diploma, you can choose whether or not to earn one at Seattle Central. If you choose not to, you will be limited when you transfer to universities that do not require a high school diploma. Those universities are mostly on the West Coast of the U.S. If you decide to do the High School Completion Plus program, you will be eligible to apply to both universities that require a high school diploma and those that do not. Some universities, however, will require students who earn an associate degree and a high school diploma at the same time to apply as freshmen. Please continue reading for more details about applying as a freshman.

If I do High School Completion Plus, can I still apply to universities as a transfer student?
It depends on the policy of the university. Some universities, like the University of Washington, expect High School Completion Plus students who also have an associate degree to apply as transfer students. Other universities require High School Completion Plus students to apply as freshmen and later transfer in their college credits. It is important to research the universities’ policies and follow them.

What does applying as a freshman mean?
Applying as a freshman means that you will need to apply by the freshman deadline, which is often 2-3 months earlier than the transfer deadline. Universities also often require freshman applicants to submit SAT/ACT and TOEFL/IELTS scores, even when they don’t require the same of transfer applicants. Applying as a freshman can also give you the opportunity to apply without declaring a major; this can be useful if you are undecided or would like to change majors. Applying as a freshman does NOT mean that you will have to begin college all over again. In most cases, the university will evaluate your college credits after you are accepted and change your status to sophomore or junior.

If I apply to universities as a freshman, will I have to attend for four years?
Not usually. In most cases, the university will evaluate your college credits after you are accepted and change your status to sophomore or junior. There are some selective private universities that do not accept college credit earned before the high school diploma was received. If you are considering applying to selective private universities, check their policies on “dual enrollment” before applying.

If I apply as a freshman, can I still start my major right away?
In some cases, you may be able to take junior-level classes for your major right away. In other cases, you will need to wait at least one term before you are eligible to apply to the major. This is sometimes also the case for junior-level transfer students.

How can I find out if I should apply as a freshman or a transfer student?
There is no simple way to know what a university’s policies are regarding High School Completion Plus students. In general, public – and most private – universities on the West Coast do not require a high school diploma and do not require High School Completion Plus students to apply as freshmen. There are some exceptions to that rule. Many East Coast and Midwestern universities both require the high school diploma and require students to apply as freshmen, but there are exceptions to that as well. The only way to know for sure is to contact the admissions office at the university and ask. You can also visit the Seattle Central College Transfer Center for guidance on this issue.

How does getting a high school diploma via the High School Completion Plus program compare to obtaining a GED?

There are many differences between a high school diploma and General Educational Development (GED). For more details, see our Frequently Asked Questions handout.