Earn Your High School Diploma Online

Take the next step for your education and career.

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Over 11,000 adults have graduated from Career Online High School. Now, thanks to the Richmond Public Library, you can, too.  The Richmond Public Library and its Adult Literacy Program LEAP (Literacy for Every Adult Program) have partnered with Smart Horizons Career Online High School to offer and to support you through the process of earning your High School Diploma. There is nothing to stop you from working toward your future, so enroll now!

Next Steps:

1. Choose a Career Path and enroll in Part 1: Prerequisite course.

2. Complete Part 1: Prerequisite course within 2 weeks.

3. Once completed, we will contact you to discuss next steps.

  • Am I Eligible?

    Career Online High School through the Richmond Public Library is open to eligible Richmond residents. Applicants who successfully complete an online survey and prerequisite course, followed by an in-person interview, will be considered for enrollment. Applicants should have consistent access to the Internet and be at least 19.

  • About the Program

    Time & Effort

    • Finish your first course in 2 weeks
    • Plan to spend 8–10 hours per week on your courses
    • Graduate in an average of 12–14 months
    • Take up to 18 months to graduate

    Transfer Credit

    You can transfer in credit from past schools, the GED®, or the HiSET® to graduate faster. We will show you how to request transcripts.

    Personalized Support

    We help you succeed with:

    • Dedicated academic coach
    • Support from certified instructors 
    • Technical help
    • Career guidance and support


    Accredited by Cognia/NCA/SACS/NWAC

    Cognia accredited

    *Program Funding

    The percentage of total costs for the PPLC-COHS-2021-22 project financed with federal money is 100%; the federal dollar amount spent on the project is $221,400. This project did not receive any state, local or nongovernmental funding. This project was funded under the provisions of the DLIS Florida American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida’s DLIS Florida ARPA program is administered by the Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services. For information about how this program is funded please visit: Broward.org/Library/Education

    What Courses Will I Take?

    (Skip any you have transfer credit for):

    • 4 Career Elective Courses
    • 4 English
    • 4 Social Studies & Health
    • 3 Math
    • 3 Science