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Rutherford Adult High School

Where adults have a chance to earn high school credits at their own pace with a flexible schedule. 




              Annie Williams, M.Ed.

              Adult High School Lead Teacher


                           WE HAVE MOVED...

               John Colemon Annex 

             521 Cougar Way, Smyrna, TN 37167            

Phone:  (615)896-0876 ext 22826

Fax: 615-898-7985                



 About Adult High School...

Rutherford County Schools provides an opportunity for students (18 years and older) to obtain their High School Diploma.  Students work independently and are required to complete coursework through computer-based instruction. Basic technology skills and self-motivation are very important for success.  

*Note: The Adult High School and Hi-Set Test Preparation are separate departments.  For information on taking HiSet (traditionally known as the GED) click HERE.  

 Mission Statement

The Rutherford County Adult High School was established during the 1994-1995 school year. Its mission over the past 20+ years is to provide students, who are 18 years of age and older, with the opportunity to complete the requirements for a high school diploma. This program provides a flexible and supportive setting to empower adult learners to obtain academic success and plan for career/life goals.

Why Adult High School?

During the latter part of 1987, the State of Tennessee recognized that a significant part of its adult population had dropped out of school and were lacking only a few credits to graduate. As an alternative to the traditional GED Program, the state began to provide adults with another opportunity to obtain their high school diploma. Completing the requirements for a high school diploma versus the GED equivalency  is still often preferred by many prospective employers, military enlistment and college admission.

Requirements for Enrollment...

  • Students must be withdrawn from their previous high school.
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age at the time of enrollment.
  • Student's must obtain their official transcript from the last school attended.
  • Students must be residents of Rutherford County. Photo ID is required.
  • The amount of courses needed to complete graduation requirements will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students receive instruction through an online credit recovery program and must feel comfortable with the use of technology and be self-motivated to complete assignments.
  • If a student is expelled or has a zero-tolerance offense, they cannot be considered for enrollment at AHS until the alternative placement at Daniel-McKee or Smyrna West is complete.  Students cannot choose to come to AHS in lieu of the alternative placement.

** Special Education services are not provided at AHS. Students who previously received IEP or 504 services will be required to waive their rights.  Special Education Core classes denoted with an "A" on the transcript are counted as electives when obtaining a standard diploma. **


Hours of Operation

The Adult High School is open Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm.  AHS follows Rutherford County Schools calendar and inclement weather operation.


Students are welcome to drop off their official transcript from the high school last attended. Our Office is located at 521 Cougar Way, Smyrna, TN. After a review of credits, students will be notified if they meet entrance requirements. If accepted, students will be scheduled to attend a mandatory orientation before starting classes.


For general questions, contact the Adult Education Secretary, Connie Chisam, at (615)904-3876 or email me at



Click HERE for a copy of the brochure with this information and courses offered.


Frequently asked Questions



Additional Adult High School Staff
Dr. Kay Martin
Secondary Education Coordinator and
Adult HS Principal
Connie Chisam
Adult Education Secretary  or ext 22808
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