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Atascadero USD |  AR  6200  Instruction

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Cautionary Notice: As added and amended by SBX3 4 (Ch. 12, Third Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), ABX4 2 (Ch. 2, Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), and SB 70 (Ch. 7, Statutes of 2011), Education Code 42605 grants districts flexibility in "Tier 3" categorical programs. The Atascadero USD has accepted this flexibility and thus is deemed in compliance with the statutory or regulatory program and funding requirements for these programs for the 2008-09 through 2014-15 fiscal years. As a result, the district may temporarily suspend certain provisions of the following policy or regulation that reflect these requirements. For further information, please contact the Superintendent or designee.

All adult education programs, courses and classes and their enrollment period shall be listed in the District's catalog of adult education classes provided to the public. (Education Code 52523)


Adults shall have first priority for enrollment in any adult education class, provided they enroll during the regular enrollment period. (Education Code 52523)

Concurrent Enrollment of High School Students

High school students shall be permitted to enroll in an adult education program, course or class for sound educational purposes. Such classes shall not supplant the regular high school curriculum. Enrollment purposes include, but are not limited to, the following: (Education Code 52523)

1. The adult education program, course or class is not offered in the regular high school curriculum.

2. The student needs the adult education program, course or class in order to make up deficient credits for graduation from high school.

3. The adult education program, course or class allows the student to gain vocational and technical skills.

4. The adult education program, course or class supplements and enriches the high school student's educational experience.

5. All courses claiming apportionment for students enrolled shall have California Department of Education approval. All courses must have a course outline on file at the school, which contains all information required by the California Department of Education.

High school students are expected to enroll in regular high school classes before seeking admission to any similar classes offered in the adult education program.

Before enrolling in an adult education class, the high school student must complete a counseling session with his/her parent/guardian and a certificated representative of the high school. The certificated high school representative shall arrange this meeting and ensure that the student's school record includes written documentation of the meeting, including the following statements: (Education Code 52500.1)

1. That the student is enrolling voluntarily in the adult education class

2. That this enrollment will enhance the student's progress toward meeting educational requirements for high school graduation

The above statement shall be signed by the student, the parent/guardian and the certificated high school representative.

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

Course Approval

Proposed adult education classes shall have an educational purpose and meet the following criteria required for approval by the California Department of Education:

1. Classes shall be located in facilities which clearly identify the classes as being open to the general public, with the exception of apprenticeship training classes, classes designed to serve the needs of disabled adults, classes in state hospitals and classes in jails and prisons (Education Code 52517, 52570)

2. Class time shall be devoted to instruction

3. Course content shall be educational and intended to teach a skill or knowledge unrelated to repetitive practices

4. The course title shall clearly indicate its educational nature

Adult education classes or courses shall offer instruction in one or more of the following categories: (Education Code 41976)

1. Parenting, including parent cooperative preschools, classes in child growth and development, and parent-child relationships

2. Elementary and secondary basic skills and other courses and classes required for the high school diploma

3. English as a second language (ESL)

4. Programs for immigrants eligible for educational services in citizenship, English as a second language, and workforce preparation classes in the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing, mathematics, decision making and problem solving, and other classes required for preparation to participate in job-specific technical training

5. Programs for substantially disabled persons

6. Short-term vocational programs with high employment potential

7. Programs for older adults

8. Programs for apprentices

9. Home economics

10. Health and safety education

Community Service Classes

As part of the adult education program, the Board of Trustees may establish and maintain community service classes to provide instruction that contributes to the physical, mental, moral, economic or civic development of any persons who may wish to enroll. (Education Code 51810)

Independent Study

The District may make independent study available in the adult education program as an instructional strategy for students 21 years of age or older, or students 19 years of age or older who have not been continuously enrolled in school since their 18th birthday. However, in order for reimbursement to be obtained, the course must meet the District's requirements for a high school diploma. (Education Code 46300.4)


The District may charge adult students a registration fee for each adult education class, with the following exceptions:

1. No fee shall be charged for a class for which high school credit is granted if the class is taken by an individual who does not hold a high school diploma. (Education Code 52612)

2. No charge shall be made for a class in an elementary subject or a class in English or citizenship for immigrants unless the student is a nonimmigrant alien with an F-1 visa status. Any nonimmigrants enrolled in these classes shall be charged a fee to cover the full cost of the instruction, not to exceed actual costs. The fee shall be adopted by the Board at a regular meeting at least 90 days before the beginning of the class for which the fee is charged. (Education Code 52612, 52613)

3. All monies collected in the adult education program for registration or sale of materials shall be under the direction of the principal of the adult school, and all money collected shall be deposited promptly in the Business Office.

At the recommendation of the Superintendent or designee, the payment of fees may be waived in cases of unusual hardship.

Except for those fees required by law, at the recommendation of the Superintendent or designee, the payment of fees may be waived in cases of unusual hardship.

(cf. 3260 - Fees and Charges)

Graduation Requirements

Students shall receive diplomas of graduation from Adult school only after completing the prescribed courses of study and meeting the standards of proficiency set fourth in this policy.

The prescribed courses of study for students in grades 6 through 12 shall include the following:

1. In order to be eligible for the Adult High School diploma a student shall earn a minimum of 180 semester-periods of credit in grades 9 through 12 and must be certified as proficient in basic skills.

2. District proficiency assessments shall be provided through grade 12. A student will be certified as proficient upon obtaining a passing score in the skill areas of reading, writing and computation as measured by the adopted District test instruments.

3. Students must establish residency by taking a minimum of 10 credits to be eligible for Atascadero Unified Adult Education Diploma.

4. Candidates must do satisfactory work in all classes taken. Merely attending class will not qualify a candidate for graduation. Passing grades are required in all classes to achieve credit. A "c" average must be maintained or a student will be placed on probation, Two consecutive semesters of probation will be cause for dropping a student from the program.

5. Minimum course requirements for graduation include:

180 Required Credits for Graduation

Subjects Credits

English 40

Math 30

Science 20

American History (American Civics) 10

Political Science 05

Economics 05

World History, World Geography,

World Problems 10

Fine Arts 10

Electives 50

(May include G.E.D. batteries and Military Service)


approved: March 7, 2000 Atascadero, California