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The following is intended to be an introduction to the many options available to high school-aged students. It is up to each student and their family to explore the details of the program and to determine what is best for that student. Each program has its own application, requirements, start-dates, etc. Application to the program(s) of interest and formal withdrawal from Scriber Lake High School, if applicable, is required and is completed by the student, and the student's parent or guardian, if 19 or under.


High School Completion - Local Community Colleges offer coursework that leads to a Washington State High School Diploma. To graduate, 21 credits are required plus the High School and Beyond Plan and passing the state assessments in reading, writing, math and science. Students 16-18 years old pay full tuition; those age 19 and over pay reduced tuition.

Edmonds' Heights (formerly Home-School Resource Center) - Open to K-12 students who are currently home-schooled or who are planning to home-school. A parent providing home-schooling is required to have either 45 college level quarter credits, or to have completed a Home-Based Instruction course. An “Intent to Home-School Form” must be completed with Edmonds' Heights. For information, to schedule a tour and/or to learn more about their intake process call (425) 431-7840.

Gateway to College - Offered at Lake Washington Technical Institute to 16-20 year olds who are interested in completing their high school diploma and simultaneously earning college credit toward a career certificate or an associate's degree. Books and tuition are paid by a scholarship from the program. New students become part of a learning community and are provided student success strategies, an academic coach and career exploration as part of the program. For information, please go to the LWTI website or call (425) 739-8107.

Online High School Programs** - there are many free online high school programs; please research the program to be sure it is the right program for your child. Some of the options:


The General Education Development (GED) is an alternative to a high school diploma. GED Certificates are awarded to students who successfully pass tests in four content areas: Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Preparation Classes are offered for little or no cost at all of the local Community Colleges to students 16 years old or older; the tests are also given there for $150.


Career and Technical Programs+ -- Local Community and Vocational Colleges offer course work that leads to a professional or technical certification or degree as well as a high school diploma and/or a GED. Tuition and books are provided at no cost to the student. Students between the ages of 16-20 or 21 are eligible. A High School Release form is required for students 16-19 years of age. Entry to these programs starts at the beginning of Fall, Winter and Spring terms. Space can fill quickly, so students should apply well in advance of the term and continue attending high-school until a space opens up and they can begin the program.

  • CEO (Career Education Options) at Shoreline Community College - Students may earn a GED along with a professional/technical degree. For an application call (206) 546-7844 or visit www.shoreline.ctc.edu.
  • EDCAP (Edmonds Career Access Program) at Edmonds Community College - Students may earn a high school diploma while completing a professional/technical degree. For an application and orientation times call (425) 640-1593 or visit www.edcc.edu.
  • Lake Washington Technical Academy (in Kirkland) - A high school completion program for students wanting to earn a diploma while completing a profession/technical degree. For orientation times and application procedures call (425) 739-8100 or visit www.lwtc.ctc.edu.
  • Youth Re-Engagement Program at Everett Community College - Students may earn a high school diploma or GED along with a professional/technical degree. For orientation times and application information call (425) 388-9291 or visit www.evcc.ctc.edu.

I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) combines Adult Basic Education (GED or high school completion) and/or English as a Second Language (ESL) education with job skills training, by having the student complete a certificate in a brief professional or technical skills program at the college. The goal is to help students transition into a marketable job in a short period of time. Students receive individualized support with career exploration and preparation, financial aid advising, help with scholarship applications, academic goal-setting and success strategies. I-BEST Programs are offered locally at:

JOB Corps - A free vocational certification training program where students also earn a diploma or GED. Students live on campus and are provided room & board. Upon completion, students receive job placement and money assistance. For more information about orientation and programs available call Donelle Akers at (425) 257-3027 x2 or visit www.jobcorps.org. Weekly information sessions are held every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. in Everett, at 3201 Broadway, Suite C.

Learning Center North - A Shoreline Community College educational site operated in conjunction with the King County Work Training Program. The program serves youth ages 16-21 who have not completed high school but who want to attain their GED and go on to college and/or employment. For more information, please contact Denise Juarez at denise.juarez@kingcounty.gov or (206) 533-6733.

**Please ensure that online options are accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NWCCU) and National University Extension Association to be recognized by the US Dept. of Education & the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Options vary among Community & Technical Colleges, 4-Year Universities, and state approved private schools, Charter Schools, and district alternative schools.

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