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F.A.Q.

How do I earn High School diploma credit?

  • Credit is earned through accruing productive hours. Classes meet twice a week totaling 5 hours a week. This is explained further in the grading policy when students register. In general, 1 credit is earned for every 12 hours of class participation; therefore 5 credits are earned every 12 weeks or 24 classes worth of class participation. Attendance is not a guarantee of credit. Students must meet Alameda Adult School grading policy requirements to pass their classes in addition to attending the class for the required amount of time.

Can I earn credits through independent study or distance learning?

  • Students who can work independently may earn credits through Cyber High.  Attendance is still required for Cyber High Tutoring and Tests.  

When will I get dropped and what happens if I get dropped?

  • Students who are absent for four classes in a row with no communication with their teacher, office manager or counselor will be dropped. They will have to re-register to return to class.

What do I do if I’m going to be absent?

  • Call the office at (510) 522-3858 x 58754 or email your teacher. Provide your full name and the class you will be missing.

How long will it take for me to get my High School Diploma?

  • This depends on how many credits you need to earn and the time you are able to devote to classes.  You will choose a diploma plan with the counselor that involves completing 180 credits (Plan 1) OR completing 40 credits and passing a High School Equivalency exam: the GED or HiSET (Plan 2). You will need to come to one of our registration days and meet with our counselor, who will help you develop a plan.

When will I be ready to take the GED or HiSET exam?

How soon after taking the tests will I get my GED or HiSET scores?

  • Because the GED exam is now computer-based, you will be able to get GED test results the same day (within 3 hours of completion). The HiSET exam is offered in both formats: computer-based and paper-based.  Alameda Adult School administers the HiSET three times a year in paper-based format only.  Generally, these scores are available through the HiSET website ten days after testing.

Is there a limit to how many times I can take the GED or HiSET?

  • You can take each subject up to 3 times in a calendar year.