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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend the High School Diploma, GED Preparation or Basic Skills classes?
As long as you meet one of these criteria—you can attend.
• Any student age 18 or older  and is not currently enrolled in a high school
• A minor who is pregnant or a parent actively engaged in raising one or more children (Ed code 52610.5)


Who can attend the Concurrent Program?
A student still in high school and in their senior year (or the summer before or after) who is making up for a failing grade in a course (Check under Programs Info tab for Concurrent Program for more information).  Adult students may attend with consent of the High School Diploma Program Coordinator.


How old do I have to be to take the GED at Mt. Diablo Adult Education?
In California, the minimum age required to receive the GED Certificate is 18 years old. You can take the exam if you are over 18, or as a 17-year-old if you will be 18 within 60 days.

How long will it take to earn my high school diploma?
Generally, if you need about forty credits, you can complete the work in one year as a full time student.  For additional units, you will also have to complete work outside of the class in independent study or online. Half time students can usually earn 20-30 credits in a year.


How much does it cost to take classes?
Classes are free. Textbooks are available in the classroom. We do ask that students bring their own basic supplies like pencil/pen and paper. Books can be borrowed if a small deposit is paid in the office, which is returned when the book is brought back. High School Equivalency Preparation classes are free. You have to pay for the official High School Equivalency exam.

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