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High School Diploma » High School Diploma Program Overview

High School Diploma Program Overview

High School Diploma and High School Equivalency Test Preparation classes provide adult students with the opportunity to earn a high school diploma or prepare for the GED and HiSet tests. Classes include textbook assignments, video instruction, computer-aided learning, online instruction, and individual and whole class activities focused on test-taking skills, goal- setting, skill building, and career and life planning. All CACE students develop an individualized learning plan to help you achieve your personal, academic and career goals.
Students interested in High School Diploma, High School Equivalency, and Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes must attend an orientation and take an assessment test prior to enrollment.
Please call (408) 626-3402 or send an email to to make an appointment.
ESL, ABE, High School Diploma, and High School Equivalency classes follow this schedule:

August 12 to December 20, 2019 January 7 to May 31, 2020

High School Graduation Requirements at CACE

 CACE is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and high school diplomas are awarded by the Campbell Union High School District. Graduation requirements are the same as those of the CUHSD, with some minor differences for adults (see requirements at the end of this section).


Two hundred (200) semester credits are required above the eighth grade level to receive a high school diploma through Campbell Adult and Community Education. Students must meet all state and local requirements for graduation, including passing the California High School Exit Exam. However, physical education is not required for an adult education high school diploma and cannot be counted toward the total requirements.

The prescribed course of study for all students shall include the following (Education Code 51225.3):


Semester Credits

English or equivalent (GED) 30

English IV (required) 10

U.S. Government 5

Economics 5

U.S. History and Geography 10

World History, Culture and Geography 10

Math or equivalent (GED) 10

Integrated Math (required) 10

Science or equivalent (GED) 10

Biological Science (required) 10


30 Semester Units from two (2) of the following:

    1. Foreign Language 10

    2. Visual & Performing Arts 10

    3. Applied Arts 10


Electives (non P.E.) 60

  Total: 200


Sources of Credit:

1. Credit earned in secondary schools including business, trade, correspondence schools, or accredited online courses.

2. Armed forces and employment records. (Work must be formally verified for at least one year duration and completed after age 18.) No more than 10 credits per year may be granted for work experience.

3. Credit earned through testing, for example, passing the GED test or other recognized competency-based assessments.


• A student must earn a minimum of 10 credits in residence at Campbell Adult and Community Education and may not graduate earlier than his/her class would normally have graduated from the comprehensive or continuation high school.

• Special education students who successfully complete all CACE graduation requirements, but are unable to pass the California High School Exit Exam, if required by law, will receive a certificate of completion in lieu of a diploma. Students eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion may participate in the graduation ceremony, subject to District policies and regulations.