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Waugh ESD |  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 districts flexibility in "Tier 3" categorical programs. The Waugh School District 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 2012-13 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 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)

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:

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. (Education Code 52523)

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 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:

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. (Education Code 52500.1)

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

Course Approval

Proposed adult classes shall be approved if they have an educational purpose and meet the following criteria:

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

2. Class time is devoted to instruction.

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

4. The course title clearly indicates its educational nature.

The class or course offers adult instruction in one of the following categories:

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, decisionmaking and problem solving, and other classes required for preparation to participate in job-specific technical training.

5. Programs for substantially handicapped 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)

Community Service Classes

The Board may establish and maintain community classes to provide instruction and contribute to the physical, mental, moral, economic or civil development of enrollees. (Education Code 51810)

Certificates of skill or accomplishment may be provided upon the satisfactory completion of community service classes. (Education Code 51813)

Independent Study

The district may make independent study conditionally 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, it may be used only for those courses that 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 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 immigrants. (Education Code 52612)

However, nonimmigrant aliens enrolled in these classes shall be charged a fee to cover the full cost of the instruction, not to exceed actual costs. (Education Code 52613)

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. (Education Code 52615, 60410)

(cf. 3260 - Fees and Charges)

Diplomas and Certificates

A certificate of completion of the eighth grade shall be awarded through the adult school upon successful completion of the following:

1. At least one term in the adult elementary program which includes reading, writing, arithmetic, spelling, current events, geography, California and U.S. history, civics and natural science.

2. Overall grade placement of 8.0 on a recognized standard achievement test.

3. Successful passage of a district test in U.S. history and Constitution.

Adult education class students who fulfill the district's graduation requirements shall receive a diploma of high school graduation.

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements/Standards of Proficiency)


approved: January 10, 1994 Petaluma, California