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High School Program Overview

All students interested in the High School Diploma, Pre-High School Equivalency and Equivalency classes must attend an orientation and take a placement test prior to enrollment.

Please call (408) 626-3402 or send an email to cace@cuhsd.org to make an appointment.



August 24th - December 18th, 2020

January 4th- June 4th, 2021


The High School Diploma Program provides the opportunity for adult students to earn credits toward a high school diploma. Instruction is individualized so each student

works on the specifically needed credits. Courses are textbook and computer-based, and teachers work with students one-on-one and in group activities. Goal setting, skill building, and career planning are incorporated into this class.  

Graduation Requirements:

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. One hundred fifty(150) semester credits are required above the eighth grade level to receive a high school diploma through Campbell Adult and Community Education. 

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

Language Arts

Social Science


Electives/Applied Arts/Fine Art/Foreign Language

English (40)

US Government (5)

Math (10)

Applied Arts (10)


U.S History  (10)

Algebra/Integrated Math (10)

Electives (non P.E) 



World History (10)

Physical Science (10)

Fine Art/Foreign Language (10)


Economics (5)

Biology (10)


TOTAL: 150

Other ways to earn credits:

  • Credit earned in secondary or post-secondary schools including business, trade, correspondence schools, college, or accredited online courses.
  • Armed forces and employment records. (Work must be formally verified for at least a six month duration) 5 credits for each 6 months, but no more than 10 credits total may be granted for work experience.
  • Credit earned through testing, for example, passing one or more of the HiSET or GED tests or other recognized competency-based assessments.

Residency and additional credit requirements for CACE Diploma   

  • Students must earn a minimum of 10 credits in residence at Campbell Adult and Community Education.


The Pre-High School Equivalency and High School Equivalency Programs at CACE prepare students to take the HISET tests.  These classes help students gain the knowledge and test taking skills needed to pass the five tests (Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Math, Science).  The curriculum includes both textbook and computer-based resources. Differentiated instruction includes: one-on-one, group, and whole class.  Likewise, Spanish HSE and Plaza Comunitaria classes will parallel the Pre-HSE/HSE classes in structure and content.


Both the High School Diploma and High School Equivalency Programs are also offered within the Independent Studies Program.  The Independent Study Program (ISP) allows students to complete high school diploma courses at home. Students meet with an instructor once a week and are given a minimum of 15 hours of homework to complete before the next appointment. Appointments are an hour in length, but may be either longer or shorter depending on what the student is working on that week. 

A high reading level, motivation and self-discipline is required to successfully complete courses through this program. 



A CACE counselor or Student Advisor  will be available to students to support them with community resources, career pathways and navigating local community colleges.  Students will meet regularly with them one-on-one (virtually and in-person) to discuss student progress and needs.