HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA / GED
High School Diploma / GED

THERE IS NO TIME LIKE NOW

TO COMPLETE YOUR GED OR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA!
LET US HELP YOU GET STARTED TOWARD (OR HELP YOU FINISH)
A PATHWAY TO COLLEGE OR JOB TRAINING!

Become Confident in Achieving Your Goal!

Watsonville/Aptos Adult Education offers instructional programs in English and Spanish to assist students in completing their secondary education.​

The programs are:

High School Diploma

(English only), fully accredited program for students wishing to complete a high school diploma. Graduates must be within 30 credits of finishing. Classes offered include: Applied Arts, English, Health, Test Prep, Social Studies, Math, Science, Visual Arts.

High School Equivalency (HSE) 

Preparation program for students studying for the GED Exam (English or Spanish).

Pre-GED Prep 

Instruction in basic math, reading, and writing.

Transitions...Pathways to Employment or College

offered to students near completion of their GED or HSD who are ready to transition to college or a specific career technical skill based program (English only).

Credit Recovery 

An individualized course of study based on assessment, schedule, and goals will be designed for each student enabling students to earn their high school diploma or pass the HSE exams while improving their skills for college or career training. Courses are offered in teacher-directed classrooms with a blend of online, direct and individualized instruction, aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). There is a limited home study format available on a counselor referral basis.

Program Requirements: 

All students (except credit recovery) must meet the following criteria to enroll in classes and maintain ongoing enrollment:

• Attend an orientation and complete assessment

• Maintain attendance:

Morning classes 12 hours per week minimum attendance with demonstrated progress
• Sign and adhere to our School Code of Conduct

Evening classes 6 hours per week minimum attendance with demonstrated progress 
• Sign and adhere to our School Code of Conduct

ADULT BASIC AND SECONDARY EDUCATION 

WELCOME!

- The Orientation Date -
**DONATIONS APPRECIATED**
MORNING Classes
Monday through Friday
(9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon)
New Student Orientations:
(9:00 a.m. - 12 noon)

(must attend the 1st day and return the 2nd day for an individual appointment with the counselor)
• January 11 & 12 • January 19 & 20 • April 4 & 5 •

EVENING Classes -
Monday through Thursday
(4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
New Student Orientations
(5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

(must attend the 1st day and return the 2nd day for an individual appointment with the counselor)
•February 1 &2 • February 22 & 23 • March 7 & 8 •
• April 11 & 12 • April 25 & 26•    


CONTINUING STUDENTS
WELCOME BACK !
- Register in Class!-

If you attended WAAE in the last two (2) semesters, you do not need to attend orientation. Register directly in your class, and begin attending class.


CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT 
FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Students currently enrolled in a high school seeking to make up credit, or to prepare for the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) may enroll in adult school on a space available basis. The courses are offered in an individualized electronic format facilitated by a credentialed teacher.

The following items are required for registration:
Meet with your high school counselor and
your parent or guardian
Complete a Student Release form and
obtain all required signatures
Register in room 5 at 294 Green Valley Road
(Mon - Thu, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

SECOND OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS

Second Opportunity for Students (SOS) is for young people ages 14 through 19 who have stopped attending school and wish to continue to earn credits toward graduation.

Each SOS student has the opportunity to:

  • Earn high school credits to return to a comprehensive or alternative high school.

  • Prepare for the GED, college, or?training program. 

  • Earn a high school diploma through Watsonville/Aptos Adult Education or the Santa Cruz County Office of Education.     

 

​The instructor works in partnership with each student and his/her family for successful outcomes. Job skills/life skills, computer literacy, and vocational training are also offered. For more information about the SOS program, contact the instructor Charmaine Ryan at (831) 750-5605.

THE LEARNING CENTER, ROOM 5,

294 Green Valley road, Watsonville, CA  95076
(831) 786-2160

Monday - Friday 9:00a.m. - 12:00 noon
Monday - Thursday 4:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.

* * CAHSEE NEWS!!! * * *

The CAHSEE exam is no longer a requirement for a California High School Diploma If you completed all your high school credits, but were unable to complete the CAHSEE requirement, you may be eligible to receive your diploma from the high school where you completed your credits. Contact Pajaro Valley Unified School District’s Program Evaluation Department for more information at 786-2194. 

Are you missing just a few credits and the CAHSEE requirement held you back from trying to finish? Come to WAAE and complete your high school diploma.

Let May 26, 2016 be your graduation ceremony that you’ve been longing for at the Mello Center. Pomp and circumstance, caps and gowns, your family and friends. Join us for this celebration. Contact WAAE for more information at 786-2160.

Credits Needed to Graduate

Credits may be granted for the following:

• Verified work experience
• Passing an HSE
• Passing the California High School
   Proficiency Examination
Military Experience
 
English....................................................... 40
Social Studies............................................. 30
Science...................................................... 30
Health........................................................ 05
Mathematics (Algebra required)................... 30
Visual/Performing Arts or Foreign Language. 10
Occupational (Applied Arts)........................ 10
Electives................................................... 45
Total credits to graduate........................... 200

COUNSELING OFFICE HOURS
Counselor: Joleigh Kambic
294 Green Valley road, Watsonville, CA  95076
(831) 786-2160

Monday 8:30a.m. - 12:00 noon
Tuesday 4:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.

GED DISTANCE LEARNING

Test Preparation in English

This opportunity requires a counselor referral and is available for English speaking students whose work or family schedules make it difficult for them to attend classes on a regular basis and who have initiative to make rapid progress through weekly meetings with a teacher and at-home study.
New students referred by the counselor for this option meet weekly, Tuesday (4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.), Wednesday (5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.), or Thursday (4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., at 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville. 
•$35 class fee per semester 

Continuing students taking GED Distance Learning: if you attended the GED Distance Learning at WAAE in the last two (2) semesters, you DO NOT need to attend orientation. Register at the front office, pay the enrollment fee of $35 and make your first appointment.

General Educational Development (GED) Test

 

GED Testing Service

Go to www.ged.com
 to schedule you GE Exam.

 

In order to take the examination you 
must havean official current valid photo
identification (NOT EXPIRED).

 

The GED is a four-part examination that measures a person’s general educational development in comparison to that of high school graduates. 

 

Examinations are given in
Spanish and English. 

 

Students may sign up online to take one
or more of the four GED Examinations: Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning,
Social Science and Science. 

 

Students can prepare for the GED exams
by enrolling in GED classes at Watsonville/ Aptos Adult Education 

 

GED practice tests in English and Spanish
 are available online at www.ged.com