Adult High School Diploma Requirements

Credit Requirements (160 credits) must include:

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

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 BSHS ENG4 with "C" or better; or
  • Placement into English 68 on the AWE*; or
  • Completion of English 67 with a grade of "CR" or "C" or better; or
  • Passing score on the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE); or
  • Passing score on the Official General Education Development Test (GED) Language Arts: Writing

*Mt. SAC writing placement test

Reading Competency

  • Earn a score of 9 or better on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE); or
  • Placement into READ 90 on the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP)**; or
  • Completion of READ 80 with a grade of "CR" or "C" or better

**Mt. SAC reading placement test

Mathematics Competency

  • Completion of one year (10 credits) of Algebra 1 or higher with a "C" or better; or
  • Completion of Math 51 or higher with a "C" or better; or
  • Placement into Math 71 on the Mt. SAC Math Placement Test; or
  • Passing score on the CAHSEE Math Section; or
  • Passing score on the Official GED Math Test

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.