High School 21 (HS21)

High School 21 is a competency-based program for students with work or life experience that shows an ability to perform at the minimum level required for a Washington State diploma. Competency-based means demonstrating skills and knowledge. All students in the HS21 program enroll in a Portfolio class and write papers documenting their competency in the subject areas they need for a diploma.

Basic Requirements

  • Be age 21 or older
  • Be able to provide official transcripts from an accredited, (official), high school.  Any high school classes you want included in your HS21 program must have a grade of “C” or higher.
  • Complete the CASAS test at Level 4, 5, or 6 for Reading, Writing, and Math (See Frequently Asked Questions for more information on CASAS)
  • Create a Portfolio of evidence of competency
  • Have reading, writing, and verbal skills in English necessary to complete the coursework and program portfolio

During an appointment with a High School Completion Advisor, your transcripts will be evaluated to see if you need to complete classes or if you can just participate in the Portfolio class to document your competency in the areas needed to complete an EvCC diploma.

Once you have finished all your required classes with at least a “C” and/or written all your competency essays, then you submit your Portfolio to the faculty committee for review. They will decide if you have met the requirements for your diploma or need to complete additional work before your diploma can be awarded.

If you qualify for the HS21 program, the cost per quarter is $25 for most classes.