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Davis Adult and Community Education Seeks WASC Accreditation

We are excited to announce that for the first time in our 60 year history, our school is a WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) Candidate school.  This accreditation is important to ensure that a diploma from Davis Adult is accepted by all employers and institutions and will ensure that all of our students can pursue their dreams and goals after graduation.


For information about WASC and the accreditation process, visit their website at:


If you would like to review our initial Self Study, you can click here to download it.

High School Diploma

No one is too old to earn a high school diploma

Students must register for state-approved classes in the office.  


High School Diploma - Free of charge

TBD, Davis Senior High School Academic Center (L-10)

Students will be provided individual instruction in the necessary course work for obtaining a high school diploma. Students may register throughout the school year.  Students between the ages of 18-19 must also pass 20 credits of Physical Education.  Students who are 20 years or older are exempt from P.E. requirements.

Students may enroll at any time throughout the year through April 30th.

Classes meet Monday -  Thursday.

*Orientation is held every month.  Students can register in the office starting on September 4th.  

Each Orientation series consists of three 2-hour sessions and students can start attending class after the second session.


Enrollment Process

Step 1: Obtain a copy of your transcript from the most recent high school or adult school that you attended.  Bring your transcript to our office and fill out enrollment paperwork.

Step 2: Attend the orientation series*.  A pre-assessment is required in the first Orientation session.

Step 3: Schedule an advisory appointment with the principal. 

Click here for complete graduation requirements

What about the High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)?

CAHSEE Suspension

Beginning with the Class of 2006, students in California public schools were required to pass the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) to demonstrate competency in grade-level skills in reading, writing, and mathematics to earn a high school diploma. The content of the CAHSEE was based on content standards in English-language arts and mathematics that were adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) in 2003. In 2010, the SBE adopted the Common Core State Standards in English–language arts and mathematics.

Due to the change in academic standards, Senate Bill 172 (Liu) was signed by the Governor to suspend the administration of the CAHSEE and the requirement that students pass the CAHSEE to receive a high school diploma for the 2015–16, 2016–17, and 2017–18 school years. The law required that schools grant a diploma to any pupil who completed grade twelve in the 2003–04 school year or a subsequent school year and met all applicable graduation requirements other than the passage of the high school exit examination. The law further required the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to convene an advisory panel to provide recommendations to the Superintendent on the continuation of the high school exit examination and on alternative pathways to satisfy the high school graduation requirements pursuant to Education Code sections 51224.5 and 51225.3. The law became effective on January 1, 2016.


If you were a student at Davis Adult and Community Education prior to 2015 and completed all of your credits, but still needed to pass the CAHSEE for your diploma, please contact us.  You are now eligible to receive a diploma.

Massive Open Online Courses

Do you need elective credits in order to earn your High School diploma?  If so, then a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) may be for you.  Click on the link below to see all of the different courses available:


Other Options for High School Equivalency

Each test costs between $100-$250 depending on the test and where you take it.  You have several options:

  1. GED – in January of 2014, the “new” GED was released, which is an online-only test.  This is a very rigorous test and the passage rate of the new GED is fairly low (~50%), so unless you feel very confident in your abilities, especially in math, I don’t recommend it.  Fortunately, you can find out how well you might do for free before you pay the big money to take the actual test.  You will have to sign up for an account (free), but once you do, you can take an online practice test, get preparation materials, and get an overview of the concepts tested.  All of this information is at  The closest GED test center is Woodland Adult School.
  2. HiSET – this is a newer high school equivalency exam that has just recently been approved for use in California.  This is an easier test than the GED and there is both an online version and a paper and pencil version.  You can get more information and see what is on the test at their website: The closest testing center for HiSET is also Woodland Adult Ed.
  3. TASC – this is another high school equivalency test (test assessing secondary completion).  I know very little about this test in terms of how it compares to the other two.  I also don’t know where the closest testing center is, but Woodland is not offering the TASC at this time, so you will probably need to go to Sacramento.  The website is