How do I finish high school?

If your high school education was put on hold and you want to finish, there are a few options to get things back on track! Attending an alternative high school or adult high school, finishing high school online, or getting a GED (General Education Development) might be a good idea since they allow you more flexibility in finishing school.

You can even stay in the school you’re already attending.  If you have dropped out, you can re-enroll. Check with your local school district to find out how.

Talk to your school counselor, teacher or trusted adult to find out what options might work best for you.

Online High School

Finishing high school online can also be a good option because of its flexibility but some programs are not free. Another important aspect is to make sure the online program is accredited so that you will receive a valid diploma. Visit National High School to explore your school options.


What is the GED?

The GED is a series of four general subject tests and it was developed by the American Council on Education. It is used to measure if someone has learned the same information as someone who graduated from high school. The GED is used as a replacement of a high school diploma for universities and employers. The GED covers the same basic subjects that are covered in high schools: mathematics, social studies, writing, science, and reading.

How do I prepare?

There are GED preparation books, online resources to help you prepare. Other options that may help are taking GED prep classes or hiring a GED tutor. Also taking practice tests may help you prepare.

Where do I take the test?

Visit for GED resources and to find testing centers near you.

Vocational (Trade) Schools

You might consider training at a vocational (trade) school for jobs like a welder, cosmetologist, or Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).  You can find more information about these types of careers and the schools you can attend at Your local community college might also offer training for many types of careers at a lower cost than a trade school.

How do I go to college?

Attending college can make a big difference in your income over your lifetime and set a great example for your child. The U.S. Department of Labor shows that in 2014 a person with a 4-year college degree, on average, made 60% more per week and had much less of a chance of being unemployed. (For more information about earning differences, visit

Even though college might seem far off from now, it’s a good idea to talk to your school counselor or a teacher about your plans early on. It’s likely you will qualify for some financial aid.  It is worth it to talk to someone in the admissions office at the schools you are thinking about going to.  In order for a college to know if you qualify for financial aid, you will need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Visit the FASFA site for more info. 

Community college can be a great place to continue your education.  Community colleges are affordable with many different programs available. Find the colleges closest to you and check out their tuition costs.

Of course, there are several state universities and many private colleges available as well.  An admissions officer at any college or university you are interested in will be glad to talk to you about your options.