Early School Leavers Transition

The High School Credit and Early School Leavers Transition Program provide a pathway for students, ages 16 and older, to earn their high school diploma.

We assist students who haven't earned the required credits to graduate from their high school. In partnership with both in and out of district high schools, we provide a supervised independent study credit high school program. This program consists of three elements: Job Skills, High School Credit and Career/Educational Transition Guidance. While enrolled in the program, students will also work on career exploration and development, employment readiness and job seeking skills, consumer education and transitioning to college. The home high school must agree to accept the credits earned through the program and agree to issue the diploma upon successful completion of all requirements.

High School Partner Guidelines

The first step to program admittance is to contact your current/former high school about their guidelines.  Each school district determines student eligibility.

General Guidelines:

  • Adults ages 16 and older who are not enrolled in or attending high school may apply for the Adult High School Credit program.  
  • Generally, adults must be within 5 or fewer credits of completing their high school diploma. Limits on the number of credits that can be earned outside of high school are determined by the high school. For instance, some schools allow 5 credits to be transferred, while others limit the number of transfer credits to 2.
  • Either the student's current "home high school" (high school in the district where you now reside) or original high school must agree to issue their diploma upon successful completion of the program.
  • Students accepted into the Adult High School Credit program must complete the same requirements as they would in "regular" high school, including number of credits, required courses, the IL and US Constitution test, community service hours, etc

Program Components

Job Skills:

  • Mandatory class focusing on job training and employment success
  • Mock interviews and resume building
  • Career exploration activities

High School Credit:

  • Academic credit recovery courses
  • Supervised independent study with skilled instructors and professional tutoring available
  • Must attend at least one afternoon per week

Career/Educational Transition Guidance:

  • Minimum two meetings to plan your next steps after earning your diploma
  • Facilitates completing next educational steps including FAFSA and entrance applications
  • Facilitates transition into the military, the trades, career selections