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Adult High School

The Adult High School (AHS) is a credit-based program, designed for students who have not yet completed high school and wish to earn their diploma. There is no cost to students!

Graduates receive an Adult High School Diploma issued by Cape Fear Community College and the New Hanover or Pender County Board of Education. The AHS diploma is the equivalent of any public or private high school diploma and is recognized by employers, colleges, and universities throughout the country.

Classes are offered at the downtown Wilmington and Burgaw campuses. Online courses are available, too.

Returning AHS Students

Students returning to the AHS program, please call 910-362-7182 for more information.

New Student Orientation and Registration

All AHS students attend a 3-hour orientation to complete the registration process. Attendance is required in order to register for classes.

Please call  910-362-7348  to reserve your seat!

  • Picture ID with birth date and signature
  • Social Security card
  • Official sealed transcript from previous high school(s) in a sealed envelope. If there is not a transcript available, they will start AHS classes with 0 credits.

AHS New Student Orientation and Registration Dates


CFCC Wilmington Campus, McLeod (S) Building, Room S-105

Orientation Option 1 Orientation Option 2 Classes Start
Oct. 26, 2022
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Nov. 7, 2022
5 – 8 p.m.
Nov. 28, 2022
Jan. 19, 2023
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jan. 23, 2023
5 – 8 p.m.
February 13, 2023
April 3, 2023
5 – 8 p.m.
April 6, 2023
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
April 24, 2023

Class Information

All AHS classes run in nine-week sessions. Each class meets for a total of 68 hours. Students must be in attendance for a minimum of 64 hours to be eligible to earn credit for the class.

Face-to-face classes are held at the Wilmington campus on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm.


All AHS classes are offered online via Edmentum. Just like a face-to-face class, an online class runs for a total of 68 hours during each nine-week session. Students must be logged in and actively participating for a minimum of 64 hours to be eligible to earn credit for the class.


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

  • 4 English credits
  • 4 math credits (Math I, Math II and Math III, and a fourth Math course)
  • 3 science credits (Earth Science, Biology, and Physical Science)
  • 4 social studies credits (World History, American History, Civics, Economics and Personal Finance)
  • 1 health and physical education credit
  • 6 elective credits

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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 will be called and must pick up their diplomas from the AHS office in S-110. AHS diplomas are only issued once. Copies or duplicates are not available.

*Holidays are observed by face-to-face classes only

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