Welcome to Career Online High School (COHS)

Complete your high school diploma and get started in the career of your dreams.

We offer adults and older youth who have dropped out of high school the opportunity to transform their lives by earning a high school diploma, learning to be community leaders, and prepare for careers and employment based on academic requirements.

Highest Level of Support.  State-certified academic coaches and instructors provide extensive motivation and support to our students. 

100% Online Delivery.  Students have an opportunity to learn at their own pace, as they manage their day-to-day lives. 


AdvancED Accreditation Commission of 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, and the Northwest Accreditation Commission.

ABOUT THE COHS PROGRAM     Press Release (2017)

COHS was developed in 2012 through a partnership with Cengage Learning and Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE*), the world's first online accredited school district. 

  • Smart Horizons Career Online High School is a division of Smart Horizons Career Online Education, a private school distract that has been granted District Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission.
  • AdvancED 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.
  • Smart Horizons Career Online Education is recognized across the nation as a quality school system.

This is a valid high school diploma by the United States Department of Education (USDOE).  Students are given the opportunity to earn an 18-credit AdvancED/SACS accredited High School Diploma and credentialed career certificate. Students graduate with the tools to take the next step in their careers or career-education.

Employs an innovative curriculum aligned to the National Common Core Standards (NCCCS).  

Fast-track AdvancED/SACS/NCA/NWAC accredited diploma that prepares students to matriculate into post-secondary programs.

SCHOE* has an authorized CEEB code (CEEB = College Entrance Examination Board, i.e., the College Board), which is an identification number that is issued by the College Board.  The CEEB Code is inserted on the COHS transcript and on the student's FAFSA (federal financial aid) forms.


 Must be 16 years of age or older and have completed the 8th grade at an accredited institution. Minors will be required to obtain parental consent for acknowledgment of responsibility and enrollment.   

NOTE:  For credits to be transferred in to the program, the credits must be in non-elective high school courses taken through an accredited high school.  The transcripts must be sent from the former high school to the program material provider.  Instructions and assistance with the process is provided to students.


There are built-in support mechanisms to guide students through the online diploma process. Classes begin on a rolling basis, are self-paced and taught asynchronously. After enrolling, students can access a Virtual Welcome Kit that provides important orientation information.

The Online Student Campus allows students 24/7 access, immediate feedback on assignments and tests, and resources such as Gradebook, Pace Guide, eLibrary, Calendar, and Academic Support Services.  

 Students have access to an Academic Coach, a Certified Instructor, and 24/7 Technician Support.

To complement the coursework, students can attend regular live online seminars on career and academic topics, and monthly career webinars to build skills for employment.  Student learn how to create a portfolio, a resume, and write an effective cover letter.


18 months.  However, many complete the program in 3 to 4 months, depending on how many courses they need.

Successfully complete a total of 18 units (either through COHS or through a combination of transferred credits*  from an accredited institution and COHS credits earned).

Earn a  Career Certificate in a high-demand field.

  • Language Arts (4 credits)
  • Social Studies (3 credits)
  • Math (3 credits)
  • Science (3 credits)
  • Health/Personal Fitness (1 credit) 
  • Career Elective Courses (4 credits)



 COHS - Making a Difference (Video 2:18)  

 Struggling Student to Inspirational Academic Coach (view in your browser)



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