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What About My High School Diploma?

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Clarkson does not grant high school diplomas, but we encourage all students who have not earned their high school diploma, or its equivalency, to pursue one of the following options. Please keep in mind, students are eligible to receive Clarkson School Scholarships and Grants regardless of which option they choose.

Graduate Early

Receive the high school diploma from your high school at the end of your junior year.

Stay Enrolled in High School through the First Semester*

We will assist you in working out a suitable academic plan with the high school administration to satisfy your graduation requirements during the Fall Semester, while studying at The Clarkson School. The required classes will be built into your schedule here at Clarkson and upon satisfactory completion, the appropriate documentation will be provided to your high school. Students who complete their high school requirements in this fashion are eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid in the Spring Semester. Please note, regardless of high school enrollment status, all students are considered for Clarkson School Awards and New York State TAP.

Stay Enrolled in High School for the Entire Year*

We will assist you in working out a suitable academic plan with the high school administration to satisfy your graduation requirements, while studying at The Clarkson School. We simply include these required classes into your schedule here at Clarkson and upon satisfactory completion, the appropriate documentation will be provided to your high school.  Please note, regardless of high school enrollment status, all students are considered for Clarkson School Awards and New York State TAP.

Diploma from New York State

Apply for a diploma from the New York State Education Department upon successful completion of twenty-four credit hours in six different disciplines. The state diploma shows that you have successfully completed these college credits at Clarkson University.

Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)

Take the two-day New York State Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). This option provides the student with increased flexibility in their schedule and we provide assistance with registration and transportation to the test, which is conducted at a nearby location.

Our staff will assist with any of these choices.

*If a student chooses to remain enrolled in a high school while enrolled in The Clarkson School, the student is eligible for Clarkson School financial aid but not federal aid. By definition, enrollment in high school includes, but is not limited to the concurrent pursuit of a high school diploma while enrolled in The Clarkson School. It also includes (i) a student who has completed the requirements for his/her high school diploma but not yet received it and is taking coursework for which his/her high school will give the student credit or (ii) a student who has not received a high school diploma and is considered by his/her high school to be enrolled, e.g., as a requirement for participation on an interscholastic sports team or in any other curricular or extracurricular activity for which enrollment in high school is a prerequisite.