Adult High School Program

The Adult High School program allows students to earn a high school diploma issued jointly by Burke County Public Schools and Western Piedmont Community College. Students earn 22 credits through our free classes and may transfer any earned high school credits toward completion.

The program provides:

  • free classes, free materials, and free tutoring
  • predictable completion dates
  • friendly, supportive teachers
  • one or more credits in an 10-week term
  • small classes
  • convenient times – seated and online
  • interactive classroom and online instruction

Here are answers to frequently-asked questions about our Adult High School program.

How long will it take?

It depends on how many credits you transfer in and how many credits you take per term.

How old do I need to be to enroll in the Adult High School program?

The minimum age is 16. Students under the age of 18 must bring a parent or guardian with them to the initial orientation meeting. Students previously enrolled in Burke County Public Schools (BCPS) need to have the Referral for Adult High School Program form completed by a BCPS official.

How does a student get started?

1. New student orientation is required!
2. Bring an unopened, official transcript of classes taken in high school.

When and where do classes meet?

Adult High School classes meet at the Western Piedmont Community College campus at 1001 Burkemont Avenue in the bottom of Patton Hall. You may choose to take one or more classes each 10-week term. Seated, in-person classes typically meet:

  • Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m

How do I contact the program to register or to obtain more information?

For more information call 828-448-6710 or to request more information, submit our online form.