High School Diploma

Your high school diploma is within your reach!
Adults over 18 years of age and out of high school can earn their diploma through our program.  We offer an online program and tutoring as needed with a credentialed teacher, so adults can work where they want, when they want. 
* Final exams will be taken in our adult education classroom.
How do I start?
Start by registering for orientation here, then contact our office at (925) 463-0616 or [email protected] to schedule your intake test appointment.  The intake test includes two tests in reading and math (approximately 2 hours).  New students will need to submit an official copy of their high school transcript (in a sealed envelope) for evaluation, but this can be turned in after the intake appointment.
What is the cost?
It is free to earn your diploma through our program!
How long will it take to get my diploma?
It depends on how many credits you need to earn and how much time you're willing to commit to your classes.  A typical 5 unit class takes 40-60 hours of focused time on the part of the student.
How many credits (or units) are needed to earn the diploma?
140 credits are required.  The chart below lists the course requirements.


Subject Area

Credits Required




4 years of English



Must complete Algebra 1 or the equivalent



10 units Life Science,

10 units Physical Science

History/Social Studies


10 units World History,

10 units US History,

 5 units Civics,

 5 units Economics

Health Education



Visual & Performing Arts / World Language / Career Technical Education (CTE)


10 units in either Visual & Performing Arts OR World Language OR Career Technical Education (1 year equivalent)



May include Physical Education credits, all other credits

Total Credits Required to Earn Diploma


A minimum of 10 credits must be earned within our program to earn a PUSD Adult High School Diploma, unless granted an administrative waiver.

Pleasanton Adult and Career Education offers eligible students the opportunity to receive an Adult High School Diploma. In accordance with Education Code Section 51241, adult education students are exempt from the physical education requirement. The total units necessary for receiving an Adult Education High School Diploma is 140.

(cf. 6146.1 - PUSD Requirements for Graduation from High School)