6200 – Instruction – Adult Education – Enrollment and Course Criteria

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Adopted – 3/5/1998
Revised – 9/18/2008
All adult education programs, courses and classes and their enrollment period shall be listed in the district’s catalog of adult education classes provided to the public. (Education Code 52523) For additional guidance in carrying out adult education programs, refer to the “Adult Education Handbook of California, 1997”


Adults shall have first priority for enrollment in any adult education class, provided they enroll during the regular enrollment period. (EC 52523)

Students with or seeking an F-1 visa designation for the first time shall not be enrolled in district adult school programs. Students currently enrolled with an F-1 visa designation shall continue to be eligible for enrollment in district adult schools until their visa expires or until they leave the United States. (8 USC 1184)

Concurrent Enrollment of High School Students

High school students shall be permitted to enroll in an adult education program, course or class for sound educational purposes. Such classes shall not supplant the regular high school curriculum. Enrollment purposes include, but are not limited to, the following: (Education Code 52523)

1. The adult education program, course or class is not offered in the regular high school curriculum.
2. The student needs the adult education program, course or class in order to make up deficient credits for graduation from high school.
3. The adult education program, course or class allows the student to gain vocational and technical skills beyond that provided by the regular high school’s vocational and technical education program. (EC 52523)
4. The adult education program, course or class supplements and enriches the high school student’s educational experience.

High school students are expected to enroll in regular high school classes before seeking admission to any similar classes offered in the adult education program. A failed course, however, may be repeated through adult education.

Before enrolling in an adult education class, the high school student shall complete a counseling session that includes his/her parent/guardian and a certificated representative of the high school. The certificated high school representative shall ensure that the student’s school record includes written documentation of the meeting and includes both of the following statements: (Education Code 52500.1)

1. That the student is enrolling voluntarily in the adult education class
2. That this enrollment will enhance the student’s progress toward meeting educational requirements for high school graduation The above statement shall be signed by the student, the parent/guardian and the certificated high school representative.


Proposed adult education classes shall have an educational purpose and meet the following criteria required for approval by the California Department of Education:

1. Classes shall be located in facilities which clearly identify the classes as being open to the general public, with the exception of apprenticeship training classes, classes designed to serve the needs of disabled adults, classes in state hospitals and classes in jails and prisons (Education Code 52517, 52570)
2. Class time shall be devoted to instruction
3. Course content shall be educational and intended to teach a skill or knowledge unrelated to repetitive practices
4. The course title shall clearly indicate its educational nature

Adult education classes or courses shall offer instruction in one or more of the following categories: (Education Code 41976)

1. Parenting, including parent cooperative preschools, classes in child growth and development, and parent-child relationships
2. Elementary and secondary basic skills and other courses and classes required for the high school diploma
3. English as a second language (ESL)
4. Programs for immigrants eligible for educational services in citizenship, English as a second language, and workforce preparation classes in the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing, mathematics, decision making and problem solving, and other classes required for preparation to participate in job-specific technical training
5. Programs for substantially disabled persons
6. Short-term vocational programs with high employment potential
7. Programs for older adults
8. Programs for apprentices
9. Home economics
10. Health and safety education

Community Service Classes

As part of the adult education program, the Governing Board may establish and maintain community service classes to provide instruction that contributes to the physical, mental, moral, economic or civic development of any persons who may wish to enroll. (Education Code 51810)

Certificates of skill or accomplishment may be provided upon the satisfactory completion of community service classes. (Education Code 51813)

Independent Study

The district may make independent study available in the adult education program as an instructional strategy for students 21 years of age or older, or students 19 years of age or older who have not been continuously enrolled in school since their 18th birthday. However, in order for reimbursement to be obtained, the course must meet the district’s requirements for a high school diploma. (Education Code 46300.4)


The district may charge adult students a registration fee for each adult education class, with the following exceptions:

1. No fee shall be charged for a class for which high school credit is granted if the class is taken by an individual who does not hold a high school diploma. (Education Code 52612)

2. No charge shall be made for a class in an elementary subject or a class in English or citizenship for immigrants unless the student is a nonimmigrant alien with an F-1 visa status. Any nonimmigrants enrolled in these classes shall be charged a fee to cover the full cost of the instruction, not to exceed actual costs. The fee shall be adopted by the Board at a regular meeting at least 90 days before the beginning of the class for which the fee is charged. (Education Code 52612, 52613)

Except for those fees required by law, at the recommendation of the Superintendent or designee, the payment of fees may be waived in cases of unusual hardship.

The Board may fix a charge, not to exceed costs, for books furnished to adult education students. In some cases books may be obtained from the district at cost or may be obtained on loan with the payment of a refundable deposit. In addition, materials purchased from the incidental expense account may be sold to adult school students for use in their classes. (Education Code 52615, 60410)

Graduation Requirements

No student shall receive a diploma of graduation from high school who has not completed the following:

1. At least the following numbers of courses in the subjects specified, each course having a duration of one year, unless otherwise specified: three courses in English; two courses in mathematics; two courses in science, inclu- ding biological and physical sciences; three courses in social studies, inclu- ding United States history and geography, world history, culture and geogra- phy, a one-semester course in economics; one course in visual or performing arts or foreign language; and two courses in physical education, unless the student has been exempted pursuant to the provisions of the education code.

2. Such other course work as the Governing Board may by rule specify.
(EC 51225.3)

The Board, with the active involvement of parents/guardians, administrators, teachers and students, shall adopt alternative means for students to complete the prescribed course of study which may include practical demonstration of skills and competencies, supervised work experience or other outside school experience, vocational education classes offered in high schools, course offered by regional occupational centers or programs, interdisciplinary study, independent study, and credit earned at a post secondary institution. Requirements for graduation and specified alternative modes for completing the prescribed course of study shall be made available to students, parents/guardians and the public (EC 51225.3)

Adult education students who fulfill the district’s graduation requirements shall receive a diploma of high school graduation.

See Policy #6200
CSBA Date – 6/97

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