​​​​​​​High School 21+

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What We Do

It's not a test. It's a diploma!

High School 21+ gives individuals 21 years of age or older the opportunity to earn a high school diploma by earning high school credit in YVC Basic Skills classes. All courses lead directly into YVC credit bearing college courses.​


As students show competency in specific subjects, YVC will grant high school credit. Students earn high school credit based on their ability to show they have met course competencies. Students are not required to pass the state assessment taken by high school students. Nor do they need to complete a senior project. They are required to earn a total of 19 high school credits.

Earning Credits

YVC can award high school credit based on evidence showing what students have already learned. High School 21+ builds on prior student achievement. In contrast, a high school equivalency exam does recognize any prior learning or high school credits earned. However, that does not mean that High School 21+ is easier than taking a high school equivalency exam.

YVC can grant high school credit based on student performance on standardized tests such as the CASAS and COMPASS used at YVC.

Students may also be able to earn credits based on prior knowledge through training and/or work experience.

Areas of Study

Students need to earn a total of 19 high school credits in the following areas:

  • English - 3 credits​
  • Math - 2 credits
  • Science - 2 credits
  • Social Studies - 2.5 credits
  • Art - 1 credit
  • Occupational Education - 1 credit
  • Health - .5 credit
  • Physical Fitness - 1.5 credits
  • Electives - 5.5 credits

Tuition Rates

Students who qualify for High School 21+ will pay the Adult Basic Skills tuition.
The fee is $25 per quarter.

Apply Now

Interested students can call at anytime to get started. Follow these ​steps:

Step 1

Contact the location you wish to attend to get the current entrance assessment schedule. You do not need an appointment, availability is on a first-come,
first-serve basis. 

Step 2

Bring a check or money order of $25.00 to pay your tuition fee and Official High School transcripts (stamped and sealed) to the entrance assessment. 

Step 3

Meet with an advisor to register for classes.​​​