High School Diploma Program
Hawthorne Education Center
700 4th Avenue SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Adult Diploma office:
Program hours :
Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday evenings 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday evenings 4.00 p.m. - 8:00 pm (room 217).
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 16 years old.
If the student is 21 years old or older, he or she must take an intake test.
How can I begin?
Call the main office (507-328-4440) 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.
Who is the learner advocate?
The learner advocate may provide you with an opportunity to assess what is happening in your life, what changes you would like to see happen, what strengths you have, and what choices or options are available to you as you pursue your goals.
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.
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.