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This self-paced, flexible format is designed for adults 19 years of age and older to continue their academic career by earning their accredited high school diploma (not GED) and a career certificate in 6 - 18 months. Students who meet the enrollment criteria will receive a scholarship to cover the cost of the program. If selected for the program, students can expect to dedicate 8-10 hours per week to their coursework.

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About the Program

Each student will get a personal academic coach, classes led by certified instructors, as well as career guidance and resources. Courses cover topics like English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Health. Adults can transfer previously earned high school credits and credits earned from the GED.

In addition to an accredited high school diploma, successful graduates will also earn a certificate in one of ten high-demand career fields, such as Child Care and Education, Security Professional, Food and Hospitality, Office Management, Introduction to Manufacturing, and Retail Customer Service.

To learn more about the program, read frequently asked questions and answers.

Who Is Eligible?

Baltimore residents 19 years of age and older who have successfully completed grade 8 are eligible for Career Online High School. Program applicants must have or be willing to apply for a Pratt Library card.

How to Apply

First, interested students should take the Are You Ready survey to explore the program, and determine if it’s a good fit.

Next, enroll in and complete the prerequisite course in two weeks or less.

After the prerequisite course has been completed a Pratt Library staff member will contact you to discuss next steps and scholarship details.

Please note there are a limited number of scholarships available. If you have questions or concerns about the application process, email

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COHS is made possible with the generous support of Crown Castle and the David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation.

Learn more about the Pratt Library's partnership with Crown Castle.

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