Adult High School Diploma Requirements

Credit Requirements (160 credits) must include:

Course
Units Required
English 30
Science (Includes Life and Physical Sciences) 20
Mathematics (Includes Algebra I or higher) 20
U.S. History 10
World History 10
American Government 5
Economics 5
Health 5
Visual/Performing Arts or Foreign Language 10
Electives 35
Vocational Education 10
TOTAL
160

Students must earn a “C” or better on all courses taken through Mt. SAC’s Adult High School Diploma Program and credit classes to receive credit.

Credits for the required courses and/or electives may be awarded as follows:

  • Adult School Courses*
  • Previous High School Courses*
  • Work Experience
  • Community College Credit
  • Training Programs*

*Accredited institutions only


Attendance Requirement

Students must attend class for a minimum of 62.5 hours to earn 5 credits.  This is addition to all coursework and grade requirements.


Residency Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 20 residency credits to receive a high school diploma from Mt. San Antonio College.  Residency can be met through the High School Program and/or Mt. SAC College credit classes.


Competency Options

State law requires that students receiving a high school diploma in California demonstrate proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, and math computational skills. Students will be provided with multiple options for demonstrating each competency. The Mt. SAC Adult High School Diploma Competency Options are:

Writing Competency

  • Completion of English 4 (BSHS ENG4) or Expository Writing (BSHS WREX) with a “C” or better.
  • Placement into English 68 or higher on the AWE (Mt. SAC Writing Placement Test).
  • Completion of English 67* or AMLA 43W* with a grade of “CR” or “C-” or better.
  • Passing score on the English Language Arts (Writing) Section of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), approved CAASPP System test, or approved California High School Equivalency Tests.

* = or equivalent or higher course

Reading Competency

  • Attainment of a score of 9 or higher on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).
  • Placement into READ 90 or AMLA 33R on the Mt. SAC Placement Test.
  • Completion of READ 80* or AMLA 32R* with a grade of “CR” or “C-” or better.
  • Passing score on the English Language Arts (Reading) Section of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), approved CAASPP System test, or approved California High School Equivalency Tests.

* = or equivalent or higher course

Mathematics Competency

  • Completion of one year of Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1 with a “C-” or better in semester B.
  • Completion of one semester of Algebra 2, Geometry, Integrated Math 2, or higher with a grade of “C-” or better.
  • Placement into Math 71 or higher on the Mt. SAC Math Placement Test.
  • Completion of Math 51* with a grade of “C-” or better.
  • Passing score on the mathematics section of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), approved CAASPP System test, or approved California High School Equivalency Tests.
  • Passing score on the Algebra credit-by-exam for eligible students.

* = or equivalent or higher course

Official transcripts may provide documentation that students have achieved one or more competencies in prior coursework at an accredited institution or through specified test results. This will be determined by a transcript evaluator upon entrance into the program.