Get Your High School Diploma

You can graduate from high school by taking classes online – whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you – through Career Online High School. And, you may be able to apply credits from high school courses you’ve already completed.

Click on the sections below for more information

Why Career Online High School?

Career Online High School gives you the flexibility you need to balance work and school. The program is no cost to eligible employees. You can:

  1. Earn a diploma at your own pace.
  2. Gain real-world career skills with adult-focused class content.
  3. Get support from academic coaches to help you along the way.

How long will it take to graduate?

The average time to complete is only 12 to 14 months. But you have 18 months to complete the program, so you set the pace that works best for you.

Who’s eligible?

McOpCo full-time Store Manager Trainee, Certified Swing Manager, Department Manager, or General Manager

You are eligible if:

  • You have a performance rating of “significant performance” or better, maintained throughout the course/program.

McOpCo restaurant Crew, Floor Supervisor, Shift Manager Trainee, Primary Maintenance, or other part-time employee

You are eligible if:

  • You are employed by McDonald’s for at least 90 cumulative days.
  • You work an average of 15 hours per week or more.
  • You have a performance rating of “significant performance” or better, maintained throughout the course/program.

Full-time restaurant manager or staff of participating Franchise Owner/Operator

You are eligible if:

  • You are currently employed by a participating Franchise Owner/Operator.
  • You work a minimum of 30 hours per week for that Franchise Owner/Operator.
  • You are in good standing as determined by the Franchise Owner/Operator.

Restaurant crew, part-time manager or part-time office staff of participating Franchise Owner/Operator

You are eligible if:

  • You are currently employed by a participating Franchise Owner/Operator.
  • You are employed by the same Franchise Owner/Operator at least 90 cumulative days as of the time of the Tuition Assistance request application completion.
  • You work an average of 15 hours per week for that Franchise Owner/Operator.
  • You are in good standing as determined by the Franchise Owner/Operator.

What should I know about Career Online High School?

Before you get started, keep in mind:

  • Career Online High School is no cost to eligible employees. You will have to submit a request for Tuition Assistance online.
  • You will choose a career path that fits your goals. There are 9 options, which are:
    • General Career Preparation with High School Diploma
    • Retail and Customer Service with High School Diploma
    • Food and Customer Service with High School Diploma
    • Office Management with High School Diploma
    • Security Professional with High School Diploma
    • Certified Transportation Services with High School Diploma
    • Child Care Training with High School Diploma
    • Hospitality and Leisure with High School Diploma
    • Home Care Professional with High School Diploma
  • You will sign up on the Career Online High School website.
    • You’ll sign up for “Part 1: Prerequisite.”
    • You MUST finish the “Part 1: Prerequisite” course within 2 weeks of enrolling, so be sure to plan ahead and make sure you can commit 8 to 10 hours per week to finish this course in the 2-week window.
    • You should also plan on spending 8 to 10 hours per week on Part 2 of the program.

How do I get started?

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Before you get started…

Make sure you gather the information you’ll need, including:

  • Your employee number (found on the top, right corner of your pay stub).
  • Your restaurant address, position and start date.
  • Your date of birth, email address, phone number and mailing address.
  • The last 4 digits of your SSN.
  • Your restaurant address, position and start date.
  • Your date of birth, email address, phone number and mailing address.

Be sure you have access to a computer or tablet with internet. Then, follow these steps:

1.) Enroll in Career Online High School

  • Go to https://mcd.mycareerhs.com/ and click “Get Started.”
  • Select the career path of your choice and click “Enroll,” then click “Continue."
  • If you are a new student, click “Register." Fill in the registration information about yourself including your employment and click “Submit,” then click “Continue."
    • If you’re a returning student, log in.
  • Read the “Student Enrollment Agreement” and agree to the terms, then click “Confirm."
  • You will be able to start your Part 1: Prerequisite course right away!
    • Click on “My Courses" to go to your course. Remember, you only have 2 weeks to complete this course!

2.) Request Tuition Assistance

  • The last assignment in your prerequisite course will guide you through requesting Tuition Assistance.
  • Once you’ve requested Tuition Assistance, check your email for confirmation that your request was approved.

3.)  Take your classes and get your degree!

  • Once your tuition assistance request is approved, an enrollment specialist will reach out to you to confirm your start date for Part 2.
  • At this time, you will learn how to get transcripts from past schools and passing GED scores so that you get credit for courses you already took.
  • On your selected start date, you will be connected with an Academic Coach and you will have 18 months to complete “Part 2” and earn your diploma!

 

Need more help? Contact Career Online High School at (855) 203 7516 or mcd@mycareerhs.com

Success Story

Meet Alfreda



Alfreda Brown works as a General Manager for a McOpCo restaurant in Delaware, and has been with McDonald's for 13 years. A year after withdrawing from high school to raise her children, she started as a crew member with McOpCo.

After Alfreda was promoted to a General Manager in 2014, she learned about Archways to Opportunity. Although she had been embarrassed about not having a high school diploma, she took the plunge and spoke to HR and her Supervisor about enrolling in Career Online High School (COHS). And McDonald’s paid all the costs – it was totally free for Alfreda.

Although she found COHS convenient, she shares that it was also a lot of work and that she had to shift her priorities. Alfreda was motivated to show her children and family how important this was to her. “I'm not only telling my children that education is important, I am showing them!” Her family rooted for her every step of the way.

“The COHS has taught me the value of hard work and persistence - and I am proud to say that I am 100% complete. I officially have my accredited high school diploma!”

Alfreda is now enrolled in college!

Meet Jayla



Jayla Reed in the Ohio region was the first employee of a McDonald’s Owner/Operator to graduate from Career Online High School. She celebrated her success with a large group that included her family, Owner/Operator Carl Blickle and many past and present team members. “My coach provided by COHS greatly motivated me to complete the program and obtain my diploma.” Jayla has already inspired others to follow her example. “Give other people the opportunity.” Jayla looks forward to reaching her next goal – earning a college degree.

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