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South Seattle College offers a High School Conversion Program to qualified international students. Students enrolled in this program can earn a Washington State high school diploma and an Associate Degree at the same time.

Requirements for Admission:

  • Students must be at least 16 years old by the start of the first quarter of enrollment
  • Students who have already received a high school diploma or equivalent in their home country or in the U.S. are not eligible
  • Students must have completed the equivalent of the U.S. 10th grade with the minimum GPA of a B average
  • Students must be mature, motivated and prepared to succeed academically

Requirements for Graduation:

  • Complete an Associate of Arts, Associate in Business, or Associate of Science transfer degree
  • Complete HIST& 214 Pacific Northwest History – minimum grade of 2.0
  • Complete either POLS& 202 American Government or HIST& 146 U.S. History I - minimum grade of 2.0
  • Complete a High School and Beyond Plan which includes a resume, a cover letter and a personal statement
  • Take the ACT Plus Writing test and meet the minimum scores in the following subject areas:
  • Mathematics: 16
    English Language Arts: 14
    Science: 16

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Note: Students who are 21 do not need to complete the special requirements of the High School Conversion program and can apply for the high school diploma once they complete their Associate degree.

For more information on standardized tests, please visit: AP exams: ACT:

Forest Xia (China)

"I studied for two years at South Seattle and received an AA degree and High School diploma at the same time. I highly recommend that international students begin their study at South Seattle to save time and money."

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South Seattle College: The Center for International Education

6000 16th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98106 | Phone: +1-206-934-5360 | Fax: +1-206-934-5836 | | Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm