Community Education

High School Diploma Program

Hawthorne Education Center
700 4th Avenue SE
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 328-4440

Adult Diploma office:
(507) 328-4487

Program hours (subject to change):

Tuesdays & Thursdays
9 am to 3 pm.

What is this program about?
The High School Diploma Program is an independent study, credit completion or credit recovery program. Students must complete all credits and standardized testing required for their graduation year OR current Minnesota Department of Education's graduation requirements.

Am I eligible?
To be eligible students MUST be 17 years old (if younger than 17 years old, a school must approve placement)
If the student is 21 years old or older, he or she must take an intake test.

How can I begin?
Call the Diploma Program Coordinator at 507-328-4425 to schedule an appointment for intake and assessment(s). Students need to bring a copy of immunization records and school transcript(s) for any courses completed outside the Rochester School District. Immunization records and transcripts can be fax to 507-328-4441, Attn: Adult Literacy Program Coordinator.

What books do I need?
Your course outlines and the Diploma teacher you meet with will tell you what books you need. Book deposits vary from $10.00 to $70.00 per book. (Deposits are refunded if the book is returned in satisfactory condition.) Books are also available for use at school at no charge.

What if I need help with assignments?
Diploma teachers are available to help students with assignments during diploma hours. Hours are subject to change.

Where do I turn in my homework?
Homework can be turned in at the Diploma room (214). Include your name and class assignment on all work turned in. Any assignment revisions that need to be done will be placed in the student's folder. It is the student's responsibility to inquire about assignments completed, test scores, etc. If you are turning in a revised assignment, please include the original with it.

When do I take tests?
Tests are administered in the Diploma room during regular diploma hours.

How long will it take me to get my diploma?
A specific date of completion cannot be given by a teacher. Completion is dependent on the student’s own pace. Generally, students that schedule study time in the diploma room have a higher rate of completion.
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