Career Online High School

Career Online High School

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding Career Online High School (COHS), launched in March 2016

Is COHS accredited?

Career Online High School is accredited as an online school district by Cognia, the national commission that confers the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) accreditation seal. Smart Horizons Career Online Education is recognized across the nation as a quality school system, delivering a SACS CASI accredited online high school diploma.


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Is the COHS staff credentialed? When are they available to assist students?

Yes, all COHS instructors are state-certified. Most of the academic coaches and academic instructors are located in Florida.

Office hours are 8 am to 5 pm Central Time; however, coaches have evening hours twice a week and the hours will likely be expanded.

Coaches/instructors are not exclusively assigned to specific libraries. Each student’s assigned academic coach will welcome the student initially and then reach out at least once every two weeks – and more often for students needing additional assistance.

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What if I need help with the admissions process following graduation?

Career Online High School is committed to the success of its graduates as they advance into the workplace or postsecondary education and training.

Any alumni of the COHS program who have questions about their transcripts or meeting college admissions requirements may call 1-888-408-5783 or email for support.

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What is Career Online High School?

Career Online High School (COHS) is an online high school diploma and career certification program available through the Ventura County Library System.

Ventura County Library has temporarily suspended enrolling new students while we raise the money for more scholarships. 

** Interested parties or those interested in donating to sponsor a student may call us at: (805) 677-7159  to be placed on the waiting list for when we open again.

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What is the difference between high school equivalency (GED, HiSET, TASC) and a high school diploma?

While both high school equivalency and the high school diploma are important, there are several differences between them. Among the most significant is the fact that some colleges, institutions and organizations require a high school diploma and may not accept an equivalency.

In addition to providing a high school diploma, Career Online High School gives students the benefit of earning a career certificate and completing additional job preparation documents and training.

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Who can apply to Career Online High School?

Ventura County residents (at least 19 years of age), who have completed 8th grade and wish to earn their high school diploma are eligible to apply.

Applicants must have a Ventura County Library card in good standing (or be willing to obtain one).  

Scholarships are limited and priority will be given to applicants living in the Ventura County Library service  area.

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