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High School Diploma

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Get Your High School Diploma

Welcome to the Portland Adult Education High School Diploma Program. Our high school diploma advisor is available by appointment during the day and may be available in the evening. You must meet with the advisor before you enroll in the program. Your advisor can help you determine if a diploma or the HiSET (formerly GED) is the right credential for you.

To begin the process, please do the following:

  • -Obtain your transcript. (Call the guidance office at the last school you attended and ask them to send your transcript to our office at 14 Locust Street, Portland, ME 04101 or fax it to 207-773-0151).


  • -Make an appointment with the advisor to review your transcript and determine the credits you have already earned. (Call 874-8155).


  • -Make appointments to take placement intakes to determine which Math and Language Arts classes you should take. (Call 874-8155)


  • -Register for the classes you and the advisor have selected. Any class required for high school completion is free, but you should plan to pay for your books.


  • -Schedule a follow-up appointment with your advisor in the month prior to each new term to evaluate your progress in the program and plan your courses for the next term.

  • Meet with the teacher, advisor, or director if any problems or difficulties arise.


  • Questions: Contact our Academic Advisor, Anja Hanson, at hansoa@portlandschools.org or 874-8155.

High School Diploma Requirements

To graduate, most students need to earn 20.5 Carnegie units (11.5 required courses and 9 elective courses). This is equivalent to the requirement to graduate from Portland’s traditional high schools. Your advisor will tell you how many credits you already have and how many you need to earn your diploma. You must earn credits in the following areas:

Required Subjects

# of Required Credits

Credits You Have

Credits You Need


4 credits


3 credits

Social Studies

1 credit


1 credit


2 credits

Computer Applications

.5 credit


9 credits (may vary)

One credit is earned for successful completion of any course that exceeds 45 hours.  Credit is awarded on the basis of attendance and completion of class work. Be sure you understand the attendance policy for HSD students:  if you miss more than two classes, you may lose credit for the course. Teachers of partial credit classes may require even fewer absences.  All missed class time, including tardiness and early dismissal, may be counted toward absences.

Any credits you earned in a previous high school setting will count toward your requirements. With proper documentation, up to six credits may be granted for out-of-school experience. These may include:

-Work experience, on-the-job training

  • -Apprenticeship programs, trade and business courses

  • -Online courses

  • -Independent study

  • -Military service

  • -Volunteer community work

  • -Homemaking or parenting experiences

Questions: Get in touch with Academic Advisor, Anja Hanson, at hansoa@portlandschools.org or 874-8155.