Earn Your High School Diploma Online

Take the next step in your education and career.

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Over 15,000 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!

Career Online High School is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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

    100% Online Flexiblity

    Complete your courses anywhere you are from a cell phone, tablet, laptop, or computer. See our Technology Requirements.

    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