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High School Diploma

Earn your high school diploma with the help of our highly qualified and credentialed staff and take advantage of the latest technology and software available. You can complete as many five-credit classes during each semester as your schedule allows. The recommended course load is 2-3 classes, depending on your work schedule and/or family obligations.

  • To begin your journey of "learning for success," you should come to the Cuesta Main Office with your picture identification and official transcripts.
  • All new adult students must meet with our Dean during the enrollment process. Our Dean will help you determine the best educational path and create a custom study plan for you.
  • In order to complete the enrollment process, you will need to complete  an assessment called the CASAS Test in the Learning Center (E4) or the Assessment Center.
  • Plan to spend about 1-2 hours for transcript evaluation, testing, orientation, and class scheduling. 
  • If you have further questions please call our office at (562) 229-7960.

 

Three HS Diploma Program Learning Models for you to choose from:

 

Complete work in our Direct Instruction (Teacher-Led) Classes

  • We offer teacher-led classes for the most in-demand subjects each quarter. 
  • Classes such as Government, Economics, Algebra, English, U.S. History, and Life Science are scheduled throughout the year.
  • Live Zoom options may also be available. 

Call the office to find out about the specific class schedule for each quarter.  (562) 229-7960

Complete work in our Learning Center Lab   

The Learning Center provides students with access to computers, calculators, and the online programs needed for high school diploma classes. It is a quiet learning environment that is free from distractions. Students are able to work at their own pace and credentialed teachers and paraeducators are available to help.

  • Open  M & W 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Open Tu & Th 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Open Friday 8:00 am-2:30pm

Complete work from home

Online Course Access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

ABC Adult School requires 180 Credits to obtain your diploma. The Dean will evaluate your transcripts to determine the credits you need.

HSD requirements

GED / HiSET Preparation

Earn your high school equivalency exam with the help of our highly qualified and credentialed staff and take advantage of the latest technology and software available. 

  • To begin your journey of "learning for success," you should come to the Cuesta Main Office with your picture identification and official transcripts.
  • All new adult students must meet with our Dean during the enrollment process. Our Dean will help you determine the best educational path and create a custom study plan for you.
  • In order to complete the enrollment process, you will need to complete  an assessment called the CASAS Test in the Learning Center (E4) or the Assessment Center.
  • Plan to spend about 1-2 hours for transcript evaluation, testing, orientation, and class scheduling. 
  • If you have further questions please call our office at (562) 229-7960. 

 

GED and HiSET Preparation courses are designed to prepare students to pass all sections of the GED or HiSET exam. It is highly recommended that students take the preparation class before investing money in the tests. Students begin by taking a diagnostic assessment that identifies their academic strengths and weaknesses and coursework is assigned based on those results.

GED / HiSET Preparation Program Learning Models for you to choose from:

 

  • Complete work in our Direct Instruction (Teacher Led) Classes

 Teacher-led classes guide students through the process of preparing and registering for their high school equivalency exams. The classes review the core subjects of each exam. Test taking tips and strategies are taught, along with the most common multiple choice question types and scored essay feedback.

  • M & W: 9am - 12:30 pm  English instruction
  • T & Th 9am-12:30 pm Spanish instruction
  •  M & W 5:15pm – 7:45 pm English instruction

 

  • Complete work in our Learning Center Lab   

The Learning Center provides students with access to computers, calculators, and the online programs needed for their high school equivalency study. It is a quiet learning environment that is free from distractions. Students are able to work at their own pace and credentialed teachers and paraeducators are there to help. Practice tests are available.

  • Open M & W 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Open Tu & Th 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Open Friday 8am-2:30pm

 

  • Complete work from home

Online Course Access   24 hours a day, 7 days a week

What are the differences between the GED and HiSET exams?

hse difference

HiSET Test Info

  • Offered in English and Spanish
  • Subject Areas Tested:
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Mathematics
  • Computer-based
    • Cost: $32 per test/ $160 total
    • 2 free retakes
  • Website = https://hiset.ets.org/

GED Test Info

  • Offered in English and Spanish
  • Subject Areas Tested:
    • Reasoning through language arts
    • Mathematical reasoning
    • Science
    • Social studies
  • Computer-based
    • Cost: $140
      • $15 per retake
  • Website = https://ged.com/

Thank you and we are looking forward to helping you accomplish your educational goals with ABC Adult School.

FAQs

Should I get my High School Diploma or High School Equivalency?

  • Meet with our Dean to determine the right path for you. A High School Diploma and a High School Equivalency Certificate fulfill the same requirements related to finding a job/career or transitioning into college.
  • Set up an appointment today with our counselor to let us know your educational goal(s) and we can develop a pathway that fits your needs to help you successfully reach your goals.

How many credits/courses do I have to complete to earn my HS Diploma?

  • ABC Adult School requires 180 Credits to obtain your diploma. Set up an appointment today with our Dean/Counselor to have your transcripts reviewed and see how many classes you need left to finish!

What test should I study for?

  • We have seen a higher success rate for students completing the HiSET exam.

Is a calculator allowed?

  • Yes. We recommend the TI-30xs which is allowed for both the HiSET and GED exams.