Why do I need a high school diploma or equivalency certificate?
- allows you to apply for jobs or apprenticeships in industries where employers require a high school diploma or equivalency certificate
- allows you to accomplish personal and career goals
- allows you to apply for more financial aid at community colleges (Some financial aid may be available for students without a high school diploma or equivalency certificate through other sources such as CalWorks, WIOA, JTO.)
Earning a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate shows that you have the basic skills and knowledge included in a high school education. Potential employers look for employees who have these basic skills and knowledge. Colleges and other advanced training programs also expect students to have these skills and knowledge.
Although it is recommended, you do not have to earn a high school diploma or equivalency certificate in order to enroll in most classes at the community colleges or adult schools.
Click on the questions below to discover which pathway is the best for you.
Both the high school diploma and high school equivalency certificate lead to the same result for most employment and educational opportunities. The process for earning each of them is different. Talk with a counselor or transition specialist to determine which of them is best for you.
The first step is to contact the adult school you wish to attend. The steps may be slightly different at each school, but may include the following:
- take a placement test
- attend an orientation
- meet with a counselor
- enroll in classes
All the adult schools are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).