High School Diploma/GED

WELCOME TO the San Mateo Adult & Career EducatioN HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND GED PROGRAMs

Are you thinking about returning to school to earn your diploma or to prepare for the GED exams? You can graduate – and we are here to help you succeed! Having a high school diploma or GED opens up a world of opportunities that may otherwise be unavailable to people who haven’t finished high school or a high school equivalent. A high school diploma or a GED can increase job opportunities, help you prepare for better career opportunities, prepare you for community college, and qualify you for financial aid to further your education.

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA PROGRAM

Overview

The Adult Learning Center at San Mateo Adult & Career Education provides the opportunity for adult students to earn credits toward a high school diploma. Instruction is individualized, so each student works on the specific courses he or she needs. Courses are textbook and computer-based. Teachers are always available to work one-on-one with students. Goal setting, skills building, and career and life planning are incorporated into the classes.

HOURS

Monday – Thursday
Morning: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Evening: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Registration

To enroll in the High School Diploma Program, you must first attend a mandatory 3 hours orientation session. Please bring an official copy of your most recent high school transcript to the orientation. (Contact the registrar at your most recently attended high school to request an official transcript.)

Orientation

Tuesday Morning Sessions (9 am – 12 pm)
Tue Dec. 3, Jan 7, Jan 14th

Wednesday Evening Sessions (6 pm – 9 pm)
Wed Dec 4, Jan 8, Jan 15

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The minimum requirements for a San Mateo Adult & Career Education High School diploma, as identified by the San Mateo Union High School District, are as follows:

COURSES
UNITS
English 40
Algebra 10
Other Mathematics 20
Physical Science 10
Biology 10
World History 10
U.S. History 10
Government 5
Economics 5
Health 5
Electives 75
TOTAL 200

We can transfer eligible credits earned in other accredited high schools, adult schools, colleges, or technical schools:

This includes:

  • Credits earned in a foreign country
  • Work achievement or military service
  • Pre-approved job training classes
  • Pre-approved work achievement

A diploma for high school graduation is awarded upon successful completion of all required courses.  The completion of at least a 5 credit course at San Mateo Adult & Career Education may also be required to establish residency (see Counselor for clarification). 

Frequently Asked Questions About The High School Diploma Program

We are located at 789 E. Poplar Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401. Parking is available on our campus near our SMART Center.

Most employers will accept either, but some employers look more favorably on a high school diploma, as it shows them time and effort have been committed to attend and complete classes. Many students are closer to their High School Diploma than they think. Our trained Counselor can assist you with deciding on which option is best for you at orientation. You may also change your goal once enrolled in our program.

  • The High School Diploma Program is self-paced and individualized.
  • For the diploma, it depends on the number of credits you need, how often you attend class, meeting grade standards, and how quickly you turn in your work.
  • Students are encouraged to develop, with the assistance of staff, a timeline based on their weekly schedule to complete required course(s) in an efficient and timely manner.

You must first request a transcript from your prior high school. Next call 650-558-2116 to make an appointment with our counselor. Our orientation schedule allows students to start throughout the school year.

GED PREPARATION PROGRAM

Overview

If you are considering the GED, you should also consider letting… Daily attendance is mandatory.

It is recommended that students who need more than 30 credits register in our GED Program where they will complete class work and GED practice tests to prepare for the official GED tests.

HOURS

Monday – Thursday
Morning: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Evening: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The San Mateo Adult & Career Education is an official GED TEST SITE. VISIT WWW.GEDTESTINGSERVICE.COM TO REGISTER FOR THE OFFICIAL GED TEST(S).

SAN MATEO OFFICIAL GED TEST DATES:
WEDNESDAYS
5:30 PM – 8:45 PM
BEGINNING SEPT 18 – DEC 31
(NON-TEST DAYS: NOV 27, DEC 18,25)

GED TESTING REQUIREMENTS

  • The earliest you can take a GED test is 60 days before your 18th birthday
  • Tests can be given only in the state where you legally reside
  • Government-issued photo identification must be presented as part of the test admission process. If your government ID is not a California one, you must present proof of California residence.
  • Registration for each test must be completed at least 24 hours before each test. Registration can be completed online at: GED.com
  • The cost is $35 per exam or $140 for all four
GED Exams
Times
Reasoning through language arts 155 min.
Mathematical Reasoning 120 min.
Social Studies 75 min.
Science 95 min.

GED Scores

  • The range of scores on each GED exam is 1 to 200
  • A GED passing score is 145 to 200
  • GED FAQS

ORIENTATION

Orientation Sessions are Mornings or Evenings. Students should plan to attend the session that corresponds to the time he/she is planning to attend classes.

High School Diploma Classes are Open Entry while GED orientations sessions occur at specific intervals.

All students must plan to attend an orientation session (up to 3 hours) where they will:

  1. Submit a copy of their high school transcript
  2. Complete the required paperwork
  3. Take placement tests
  4. Schedule a counseling appointment
Orientation Dates

AM Sessions (9 am – 12 pm)
Tue ,Dec. 3, Jan 7, Jan 14th

PM Sessions (6 pm – 9 pm)
Wed  Dec 4, Jan 8, Jan 15

Questions?

Contact Program Coordinator Lori Parris for more information.