The Adult High School Diploma Program
Students who complete the SAC SCE Adult Secondary
Education High School Subjects or GED/HiSET programs will demonstrate the ability to
apply essential grammar, reading, writing, math, and social/natural science
concepts when transferring to college, entering the workforce, or for personal
How do I register?
Meet with a Counselor. For more information please call CEC (714) 241-5720 or at SAC (714) 564-6173
How much does it cost?
Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education offers a free high school diploma program. All classes are 100% free.
Must I take the placement test?
Yes. The test will help us decide the correct course for success.
What is the difference between the Adult High School Diploma program and GED/HiSET
A student earns a high school diploma after completing 160 units and 3 proficiencies. The GED consists of four tests and the HiSET consists of five tests that will award a certificate of completion. Click here for
Does previous schooling count?
Yes. Bring in your high school transcripts and a counselor can evaluate them.
Does previous foreign schooling count?
Yes. Bring in your foreign high school transcripts to be evaluated by the counselor.
How long does it take to graduate and how do I advance to complete credits?
Graduation depends on completion of credits and proficiencies. You must regularly attend class, and completion depends on you. We are an open entry/open exit program, so you can work as quickly as you would like. The more you are here, the faster you will complete.
When do you get the diploma?
Students may complete a diploma at any time during the year and receive verification of completion of requirements. Official diplomas are issued at the end of each spring semester and can be picked up at the commencement ceremony or counseling office.
Do you have a graduation ceremony?
Yes, we have a graduation ceremony where you are welcome to participate in the event to listen to speeches, take pictures, attend a reception, and pick up your diploma.