To learn more about the Career Online High School (COHS), please review these questions and answers:
Adult residents of participating New Mexico libraries who are at least 19-years-old, have successfully completed 8th grade, and wish to earn their high school diploma. Age requirement may vary among library systems, so be sure to contact your local library for eligibility requirements. Minors should pursue their high school education through existing high school programs.
Program applicants must have a library card in good standing or be willing to apply for a library card. Please contact your local library for a card.
No. This is not a GED® program. Successful graduates will earn a high school diploma and a career certification through an accredited high school.
However, if you passed any of the four GED® subject areas at a Performance Level 2 or above (145+), you can request that your GED® transcripts be evaluated and applied toward your accredited high school diploma through Career Online High School.
To request your GED® transcripts, go to the GED website
Through COHS, students may earn a certificate in the following areas:
- Certified Protection Officer
- Child Care and Education
- Commercial Driving
- Food and Hospitality
- General Career Preparation
- Home Care Professional
- Homeland Security
- Hospitality and Leisure
- Office Management
- Retail Customer Service
Students will be given up to 18 months to complete the program, which will consist of 18 credits. Students accepted into the program may transfer up to 14 credits from their former accredited high school or any successfully passed GED® subject area tests.
To receive credit from the GED®, you must have passed the GED® subject area at a Performance Level 2 or higher (145+).
Depending on how many credits the student can transfer, the program can be completed in as few as six months. The average time to complete is 12 months.
Career Online High School is a division of Smart Horizons Career Online Education, a private school district that has been granted District Accreditation from Cognia (formerly AdvancED).
Cognia is the national commission that confers the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), and the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) accreditation seals.
NCA CASI, SACS CASI, and NWAC comprise three of the six regionally recognized K-12 accrediting bodies and together have been accrediting institutions for 125 years.
This means that the Smart Horizons Career Online Education district and all of its schools are Cognia/SACS/NCA/NWAC accredited, and that Smart Horizons Career Online Education is recognized across the nation as a quality school system.
Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, professional learning, and improvement services to institutions and other education providers. As a global nonprofit working in over 80 countries, Cognia serves 36,000 institutions, nearly 25 million students, and five million educators every day.
Learn more about the accreditation process at https://www.cognia.org/services/accreditation-certification/
The prevalence of online “diploma mills” and counterfeit degrees has unfortunately created some skepticism around the legitimacy of diplomas from online institutions. Career Online High School is NOT a diploma mill. Career Online High School is accredited by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), and the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) accreditation seals.
While Career Online High School itself is a new institution and may not immediately be familiar by name, it is easy to demonstrate that the school is recognized across the nation as a quality school system, delivering an AdvancedED accredited online high school diploma. It is important to understand that a high school diploma alone (from any type of accredited high school), is not enough to guarantee a student admission into a college or university, as each postsecondary institution has its own minimum standards including admissions exams, standardized test scores, and other criteria.