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Adult High School

Do you want to earn your high school diploma?

The Adult High School (AHS) Program is designed for students who have not completed high school and wish to earn their high school diploma. The best part? There is no cost to students for classes or books!

The AHS diploma is recognized by colleges and universities throughout the nation and is the equivalent to any public or private high school diploma. Graduates receive an Adult High School Diploma issued by Cape Fear Community College and the New Hanover or Pender County Board of Education. Take the first step to accomplishing your dreams by signing up for the AHS program today!

Classes are conveniently offered at both the Downtown Wilmington Campus and at the Burgaw Campus.

Graduation Requirements

The Adult High School program requires students to earn the following 22 credits:

  • 4 English credits
  • 4 Math credits (Math I, Algebra and Math II, and Geometry required)
  • 3 Science credits (Earth Science, Biology, and Physical Science)
  • 4 Social Studies credits (World History, US History I, US History II, and Civics)
  • 1 Health and PE credit
  • 6 Elective credits


To enroll in the AHS program students must first attend a 3-day orientation. Orientations are held twice every month. No sign-up is required for orientation.
Orientation Schedule

  • Picture ID with birth date and signature
  • Social Security card
  • Official sealed transcript from previous high school(s) in a sealed envelope

Class Information

AHS classes are held Monday through Thursday from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Classes run in nine-week sessions. Students are allowed a maximum of four hours for absence, tardiness or nonparticipation per class within each nine-week session.

Adult High School Classes Online

AHS classes are offered online for those who cannot attend in person via Odysseyware. Interested students must first attend the 3-day orientation followed by an online orientation.

Official AHS Transcripts

To request an official AHS transcript:

  1. Complete the AHS Transcript Request Form
  2. Follow the directions on the form for paying the required transcript fee
  3. Each AHS transcript costs $5.00. The $5.00 fee is waived for any student entering other CFCC programs.


Once graduated, students must pick up their diplomas in person from the AHS office in S-110. AHS diplomas are only issued once. Copies or duplicates are not available.

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