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Santa Cruz City Schools |  AR  6200  Instruction

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Cautionary Notice: As added and amended by SBX3 4 (Ch. 12, Third Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009) and ABX4 2 (Ch. 2, Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), Education Code 42605 grants district flexibility in "Tier 3" categorical programs. The Santa Cruz City Schools has accepted this flexibility and thus is deemed in compliance with the statutory or regulatory program and funding requirements for these programs for the 2008-2009 through 2012-2013 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)

For purposes of these programs, "adults" include persons age 18 or older or other persons not concurrently enrolled in a regular high school program. (Education Code 52610)

Students possessing or seeking an F-1 visa designation shall not be enrolled in district adult school programs. Students currently enrolled with an F-1 visa designation shall continue to be eligible for enrollment in district adult schools until their visas expire or until they leave the United States. (8 USC 1184)

(cf. 5111.2 - Nonresident Foreign Students)

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 supplement and not supplant the regular high school curriculum. Sound educational 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 beyond that provided by the regular high school's vocational and technical education program.

(cf. 6178 - Career Technical Education)

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

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. A failed course, however, may be repeated through adult education.

Before enrolling in an adult education class, the high school student shall complete a counseling session that includes his/her parent/guardian and a certificated representative of the high school. The certificated high school representative shall ensure that the student's school record includes written documentation of the meeting and both of the following statements: (Education Code 52500.1, 52523)

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)


The district may charge adult education 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 foreigners 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)

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.

The Board may fix a charge, not to exceed costs, for books furnished to adult education students. In some cases books may be obtained from the district at cost or may be obtained on loan with the payment of a refundable deposit. In addition, materials purchased from the incidental expense account may be sold to adult school students for use in their classes. (Education Code 52615, 60410)

(cf. 3260 - Fees and Charges)


approved: February 23, 2011 Soquel, California