Adult High School

Earn a high school diploma at MATC

If you are age 16 or older and want to earn your high school diploma, MATC’s Adult High School is the place. Our comprehensive high school is accredited by AdvancED, and offers a full range of academic and student support services. Courses meet face-to-face on the Downtown Milwaukee Campus on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with an additional four hours to be completed outside of class. Classes also are offered online.

Students with no previous high school experience complete 46 credits* of coursework. Students who have earned credits at other schools get advanced standing and complete the remaining credits needed for graduation. At least six credits must be taken at MATC.

*Each Adult High School credit is equal to one-half of a Carnegie Unit, which is the credit system most commonly used by U.S. high schools. Classes are 76-80 hours per quarter or semester.

How to Get Started

The MATC Adult High School application form is available on the Downtown Milwaukee Campus at the Welcome Center (S Building Room S115) and in the Main Building Room M222C.

You must be 16 years or older to enroll.

Step 1: Complete the application form and attach your official high school transcript and bring to Room S203. You will receive a letter for the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE); this academic screening is required for course placement.

Step 2: Call 414-297-8356 for the TABE testing schedule. Complete the TABE ($10 fee).

Step 3: Register and pay for your classes.

Class Times

Daytime classes run eight weeks per quarter and begin in August, October, January and March. Classes are one hour and 55 minutes, and begin at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.

Evening classes run for 15 to 16 weeks and begin in August and January. Classes are two hours and 20 minutes, and begin at 5 p.m. or 7:25 p.m. Check for evening technical class times.

Online classes are flexible, with five to 10 hours of assignments per week. Online classes require working on a home computer or in one of MATC’s Academic Support Centers.

Weekend classes begin in August and January. Classes are 6 hours and 30 minutes, and meet for 12 Saturdays.


Courses Credits
(One course must be a writing course)
(Two credits must be in algebra)
(Two credits must be in American history/government)

Grades and Program Plan

Grade reports are posted on Letter grades are A, B, C, D and U.

  • Students can find their individual Program Plan at The Program Plan includes grade information and progress toward graduation.
  • Continuing students use the Program Plan when meeting with their faculty advisor to select classes each term.

Additional MATC Adult High School opportunities for teens and adults

Technical/occupational classes
Subject areas include automotive technologies, business, motorcycle and outdoor engine repair, computer-aided drafting, culinary arts and pre-engineering. Students attain entry-level job skills. Adult High School enrollment is not required.

Credit recovery 
High school students ages 16 and older may register for classes to make up high school credits. A Request for Enrollment form must be submitted when registering.

College prerequisites
High school graduates who need high school credits in biology, algebra, geometry or chemistry as prerequisites for college programs can take these courses through Adult High School.

Emerging Scholars program
High school students age 16 and older who meet the statutory definition of being a child at-risk may take classes leading to a high school diploma at MATC.

For more information: 414-297-8356