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All adult education programs, courses, classes, fees and their enrollment period shall be listed in the district's catalogue 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 not later than 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 concurrently enrolled with an F-1 visa designation shall continue to be eligible for enrollment in the district adult school until their visas expire or until they leave the United States.

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. Sound educational purposes include, but are not limited to, the following:

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.

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

5. The student is enrolled in a full 6 period schedule at a comprehensive site or the equivalent of a full schedule in a continuation or alternative school.

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.

No apportionment credit will be claimed for high school students enrolled in adult classes in physical education, driver's education/training, music, band, drama, yearbook, athletic/activity camps, health and safety, home economics or in courses for older adults, disabled adults or apprentices.

Before enrolling in an adult education class, the high school student must complete a counseling session with his/her parent/guardian/caregiver 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, including the following statements: (Education Code 52500.1, 52523)

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

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

The above statement shall be signed and dated by the student, the parent/guardian and the certificated high school representative (school of attendance). See exhibit E(1) 6200.


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

1. The class shall be located in a facility which clearly identifies the class as being open to the general public, with the exception of apprenticeship training classes, classes designed and established to meet the needs of disabled adults in state hospitals and classes in jail and prisons. (Education Code 52517, 52570)

2. Class time is devoted to instruction. (Education Code 52506)

3. Course content shall be educational and intended to teach a skill or knowledge unrelated to repetitive practices, and when applicable meet existing state model standards. (Education Code 52506)

4. The course title is listed as it appears on the Adult Education Course Approval Request Form and is used on brochures, flyers, and other communications to the public to no modifications to the approved title. (Education Code 52506)

5. Each class for which the adult school has received approval and for which it receives apportionment shall have a course outline listing its goals or purposes, performance objectives, instructional strategies, times of instruction, evaluation methods, and repetition clause on file.

6. No classes for adults in dancing, recreational physical education, or those organized for therapeutic purposes shall be offered and claimed for State apportionment. (Education Code 52506, 52518)

7. When direct costs for a class are paid by student-paid fees,approval of such a class by CDE is not required. (Education Code 52506)

Adult Education classes or courses for which state reimbursement is claimed are classified 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. (Education Code 41976)

Classes for adults may be offered any day or evening, including weekends, for such length of time during the school year as determined by the Governing Board. (Education Code 52505, 52513)

Adult Education Eligibility

1. Students must be 18 years or over or not be attending a public school. (By special permission from the student's high school counselor, students under 18 who have not graduated from high school may be admitted.)

2. Students may be concurrently enrolled in high school if they have a counselor's approval for credit or enrichment.

3. The work submitted for credit must be properly authenticated by the Adult Education teacher or someone acting in that capacity from the agency concerned.

Attendance and Reporting

No student enrolled in the adult education classes is credited with more than 15 clock hours of attendance per week except for those enrolled in elementary subjects, high school subjects for which credit is given, English for immigrants, citizenship, or trade or industrial subjects as defined by the State Board of Education for grades 7-12 or in classes for adults with disabilities that have approved California Department of Education course outlines. (Education Code 46190)

Attendance will be reported in clock hours for pupils in classes for adults if the pupil is present for any part of a scheduled hour. When classes subject to hourly attendance accounting are scheduled for more or less than the exact hour or multiple of an hour in each session, resulting attendance accounting is aggregated into whole hours for reporting. To be credited with a following hour, or scheduled part of an hour of the same class, the student must be present for some part of the hour. The record must substantiate that each hour or portion of an hour of a student's credited attendance was determined separately. (Attendance Accounting and Reporting in California Public Schools, 5 CCR Section 406).

Attendance will not be taken for:

1. Any student who has not completed a Student Registration Form and who is not listed on the teacher's attendance form (Education Code 52506)

2. Students who are absent from their adult education classes (Education Code 46010(b)(6)

3. Students with F1 Visas or Form 1-20 AB students (Education Code 52613(b), Section 625, P.L. 104-208).

The Board of Trustees of the district will report the adult education program's attendance figures based on students' average daily attendance (ADA) during each fiscal year for all full school months during (1) the period between July 1 and December 31, inclusive, known as P-1, (2) the period between July 1 and April 15 inclusive, known as P-2, and (3) the fiscal year, known as "annual". (Education Code 41601)

Adult Education - High School Diploma

1. Adult Education district graduation requirements are the minimum graduation requirements and do not indicate a college preparatory course. A student who is planning to enter a 4 year university should plan a course of study which will adequately prepare him/her for higher education.

2. A minimum of 60 hours of completed work in adult education classes will earn five semester credits towards high school graduation.

3. All credits earned in other recognized educational institutions will be evaluated by the adult education Director or designee at the request of the student and allowable credit may be used to meet the adult school graduation requirements.

4. Elective credits may be awarded by the adult education Director or designee on the basis of previous work experience up to a maximum of 40 credits. No credit shall be granted for tests or work experience until the residence requirement has been met.

5. Credits may be earned on the basis of work completed in the armed forces courses, and General Education Development tests (GED). The purposes of such tests are to measure learning which adults have acquired outside of regular school activities.

6. High school credits shall be allowed for the General Education Development tests as follows: (completion of the GED tests must be with scores not lower than 40 in any one field and with an overall average of 45 or better)

Physical Science 10

Math 10

Life Science 10

World History 10

Geography 5

English 20

Electives 5

Maximum 70 Credits for GED

7. Although in most classes, credit is awarded when the required work is completed, attendance should be regular, unless special permission is obtained from the principal. 80% attendance is required if credit for the course is to be given within the school year.

Requirements for Tamalpais Adult High School Diploma

District requirements for the adult school diploma consist of (1) the completion of not less than 200 semester credits (not including physical education), (2) meeting the district's proficiency standards in reading comprehension, composition, mathematics, and computer literacy.

All students must have the following minimum requirements for graduation:

English 40 credits

Mathematics (10 units Algebra 1/2 30 credits

Physical Science 10 credits

Life Science 10 credits

Fine Arts or Foreign Language 10 credits

United States History 10 credits

World History 10 credits

American Government 5 credits

Economics 5 credits

Electives 59-64 credits

Computer Literacy or pass computer test 0-5 credits

World Cultures and Geography 5 credits

Social Issues 1 credit

200 credits total

Note: Physical Education credits are not required for an Adult Education High School Diploma, and credits for Physical Education are not counted toward the 200 credit requirement for an Adult Education Diploma.

The elective required units of work are earned through courses selected to meet the student's special interests or post secondary plans beyond the specific required courses.

The Board shall adopt alternative means for the completion of the prescribed course of study. The Superintendent or designee shall solicit the views of Board members, administrators, teachers, parents/guardians, and students when recommending alternative means for completing the prescribed course of study. Alternative means may include, but not be limited to, the following:

1. Practical demonstration of skills and competencies.

2. Work experience or other outside school experience.

3. Interdisciplinary study.

4. Independent Study.

5. Earned credit at a post secondary institution.

6. Foreign study programs.

7. Vocational education classes offered in high schools.

8. Courses offered by ROP centers of programs.

9. Credit for driver education which satisfies the requirements of Vehicle Code 12814.6.

10. Credit earned in a correspondence or distance learning course from an accredited institution.

Requirements for graduation and specified alternative means for completing the prescribed course of study shall be made available to students, parents/guardians and the public.

Standards of Proficiency

Beginning with the Class of 2006, the State of California requires all students to pass the High School Exit Exam in Mathematics and Language Arts (Ed. Code 60851). These examinations are based upon the state-adopted content standards in Mathematics and Language Arts.

The achievement of proficiency in Outcomes #1, 2, 3, 5 (Communication, Reading, Technology, and Mathematics) is required before any student receives a high school diploma. The Board shall adopt Outcome proficiency standards in these skill areas and any others deemed appropriate by the Board. All locally adopted proficiency standards shall correspond with the goals of the course of study required for graduation.

District Outcome proficiency standards shall be developed under the direction of the Superintendent or designee in consultation with Board members, administrators, teachers, parents/guardians, and students.

In accordance with the law, students shall be assessed periodically to measure mastery of basic skills and shall be provided with additional opportunities and additional instruction, when necessary, to meet the standards established by the state (Ed Code 60581) and the district.

The Superintendent shall provide for the periodic screening of assessment instruments for racial, cultural, or sexual bias.

(cf.6164.2 - Guidance Services)

(cf.5127 - Graduation Ceremonies and Activities)

Waiver of Graduation Requirements

The state High School Exit Exam requirements cannot be waived.

All district students are expected to meet the graduation requirements. However, there are some limited extenuating circumstances in which a requirement may be waived. These include (a) objections to certain family life/sex education instruction on religious or moral grounds (BP/AR 6142.1), and (b) transfer student status (BP6146.3).

A student may, in writing to the Director or designee (Ex 6146.1(a)), request a waiver for any district graduation requirement. The Director or designee shall evaluate the request and make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees to approve or deny the waiver. A copy of the action form (Ex 6146.1(a)) will be delivered to the student after the Board decision is made.

Transfer students may request such a waiver for any requirement based on their date of enrollment. If the date of enrollment prevents a student from completing a required course or a required proficiency prior to graduation, the student may request a waiver or request that alternative evidence be accepted (BP 6146.3).

Outcome Proficiency Standards

The achievement of proficiency in Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5 is required before any student receives a high school diploma. The Board shall adopt outcome proficiency standards in these skill areas and any others deemed appropriate by the Board.

Outcome #1: Communicate articulately, effectively and persuasively with speaking and writing.

Complete the Direct Writing Assessment with a score of 4 or better on the 6-point rubric.


Complete the Senior Writing Assessment with a score of 4 or better on the 6-point rubric.


Complete the Golden State Examination in Writing with a score of 4 or better on the 6-point rubric.

Outcome #2: Read/view and analyze material in a variety of disciplines.

Earn a scale score of 687 or better on any grade level (9-11) of the CAT-6 (STAR) Total Reading Subtest.


Earn a scale score of 350 or higher on any grade level (9-11) if the CST English/Language Arts test.


Earn a passing score on the MET8 Open-ended Reading Assessment, Task 1, 2, or 3. Passing scores are: Raw Score of 21 on Task 2 or 3, 18 on Task 1.


Earn a score of 4 or better on the Senior Reading Assessment.


Earn a score of 3 or better on the Golden State Reading Exam.

Outcome #3: Use technology to access information, analyze/solve problems and communicate ideas.

Pass the Introduction to Computers course.


Pass all parts of the Computer Literacy examination.

Outcome #5: Apply mathematical knowledge and skills to analyze and solve problems.

Earn a scale score of 698 or better on any grade level (9-11) of the STAR standardized Total Mathematics subtest.


Earn a scale score of 707 or better on any grade level (9-11) of the (STAR) CAT-6 Mathematics subtest.


Earn a score of 4 or better on the Golden State Examination in High School Mathematics.


Earn a passing score on the MET8 Mathematics Test, Secondary Level 1, 2 or 3. The passing scores are based on the number correct: 31 for Level 1, 25 for Level 2, and 24 for Level 3.


Pass the California High School Exit Exam in Mathematics.

The Board may require other outcome proficiency standards as additional conditions for graduation. New requirements will be phased in with entering ninth grade classes so that students are not held responsible for changing requirements during their high school years.

Students who do not meet the local and/or state standards for graduation may need to revise and/or retake specific assessments until the standard is met.

(cf. 6146.3 - Reciprocity on Standards of Proficiency/Graduation Requirements

Adult Education students may be given full credit for meeting all or part of these outcome proficiency requirements based on verifiable transcripts showing successful completion of proficiency tests from another California public school district or another state.

Independent Study

The Superintendent or designee may make Independent Study available as an instructional strategy for students enrolled in adult education as appropriate to meet their individual needs. Participation in Independent Study shall be voluntary. (Education Code 51747)

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, any course taken through Independent Study must be a course listed in Education Code 51225.3 or otherwise required by the Board as a prerequisite to receiving a diploma for high school graduation. (Education Code 46300.4)

(cf. 6158 - Education Code Independent Study)


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 someone 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)


There is a residence requirement of a minimum of five units in the district in order to receive an Adult Education Diploma.


approved: May 11, 1993 Larkspur, California

revised: June 11, 1996

revised: February 8, 2000

revised: November 12, 2003