High School Programs

Get a head start on your college career

Seattle Central offers programs that allow eligible high school students to take courses and earn college credit while still in high school. This can save you and your family valuable time and money as you pursue a college education after high school.

Running Start

You can get a head start on your college education while still in high school, and get on a fast track to reaching your ultimate career goals. Running Start gives qualified 11th or 12th grade students the opportunity to take credit classes at Seattle Central. You'll receive both college and high school credit for these classes, and tuition is paid by the state.

Tech Prep

Tech Prep is a technical program, which will prepare you for high demand jobs. It enables you to get community college credit for approved high school classes, then continue on to the technical college program of your choice in the Seattle Community Colleges. You may enter the program as early as the ninth grade. For more information, talk to your counselor or career center specialist.

International Student Programs

Though not a high school, Seattle Central College offers several unique opportunities for current high school students to experience studying abroad on an American college campus. We offer a variety of programs for high school students. Learn more about options for International Students

Earn your high school diploma

Not currently enrolled in high school, but need help finishing? Seattle Central offers a variety of programs to help you finish your high school education.

General Education Development (GED®)

The GED® certificate shows you have an education similar to a high school diploma. We can help prepare you for the GED®, which will test your language arts, math, reasoning, science and social studies skills.

High School 21+

If you are over the age of 21, High School 21+ provides a pathway for students with work or life experience to show they meet the requirements of a Washington State high school diploma.

High School Completion

The High School Completion program provides students with an opportunity to earn a high school diploma in a college setting, substituting college classes for remaining high school requirements.

Learning Center Seattle

Learning Center Seattle is located at Seattle Vocational Institute and helps 16 to 21 year olds earn a GED®, go on to college, a technical training program and/or start a career.

Which High School Program is for you?

Program GED Learning Center Seattle HS21+ High School Completion
Program Overview For an individual who has not completed high school, the GED demonstrates equivalent knowledge. Four tests: Science, Social Studies, Math and Reading.  Prep courses provide students with a review of these subjects (and prepare you for college-level classes). Free GED Prep class and tuition-free college for youth who no longer go to the local public school system. For ages 16-21. A competency-based* program for students 21 and older. Earn a Washington state diploma by earning credits through the Basic & Transitional Studies classes. Face-to-face classes in reading, writing, math, social studies, science, and teacher-guided online classes for many credits. This program is not 100% online.       *Competency-based means demonstrating skills and knowledge. Take college classes and get dual credit for college and your high school diploma.
Tuition cost $25 per quarter   $25 per quarter ~$20.58 per credit (if 19 or older and a resident). Check school website for up-to-date costs.
Testing cost $120 ($30 per test)   N/A $15-20 for placement tests (Testing Center, Seattle Central).
Eligibility 16 or older, no HS diploma 16-21 years old and no longer in public high school 21 or older. Provide official transcripts  (in a sealed, unopened envelope) from accredited high school. Attend orientation. Provide official transcripts  (in a sealed, unopened envelope) from accredited high school. Place out of Basic Studies on the college placement tests.
Degree/Credit earned GED Certificate GED Certificate High School diploma High School diploma and college credit
Classes Math; Communications (for reading and writing); Special Topics for social studies & science). Computer class elective. GED prep classes Depends on credits needed - may take classes, do activities, or other. Students create a Portfolio of evidence of competency (done in class). College classes depending on interest and need.
Enrollment Process Attend an orientation before the quarter starts. Register for this through the Basic Studies office. Classes start at the beginning of the quarter. Starting Fall 2017, there are some options at our satellite campus at Seattle Vocational Institute; you can enter on a weekly basis. Call for more information. Attend an information session, Tuesdays 10 - 11 a.m, and get more information there. Attend an orientation before the quarter starts. Register for this through the Basic Studies office. Submit an official (unopened, sealed) transcript for evaluation to the Admissions office. Classes start at the beginning of the quarter. Complete the process for admissions/enrollment (see the college website). Take college placement tests. Submit an official (unopened, sealed) transcript for evaluation to the Admissions office. Meet with program counselor or advisor.
More Information Basic Studies Office in room BE3122. Call 206.934.4180. Housed at Seattle Vocational Institute, 2120 S. Jackson. Call 206.934.4439 or text 503.451.5276. Basic Studies Office in room BE3122. Call Debbie, 206.934.4142. Call Basic Studies counselor, Krysta Walia, 206.934.5408; or Todd Haak, 206.934.3820.