ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT

Placement TestingGEDHigh School DiplomaIndependent StudyAdult Secondary Education

There is a $35 registration fee for Academic Dept classes

General Information for the Academic Programs

Placement Testing for High School Diploma, Adult Basic Education, and GED Classes
Placement testing (academic assessment) takes place:
Thursday mornings: registration/payment 8:30am in the High School Office, or
Thursday evenings: registration/payment 6:00pm in the Main Office
Students must arrive on time. Late entry is not permitted. Registration fee is $35/semester (cash or credit). For additional information, call the Adult School counselor at 510.644.8963.

Getting a GED Certificate
Those who successfully pass the GED test will receive a high school equivalency certificate. BAS is authorized to give the GED exams, and has GED test preparation classes. See below for the latest GED info and cost.

Need Your GED Transcript?
Effective 2/1/14 GED transcripts from 2001 to the present must be obtained through the following website:
www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/gedrequest-a-transcript - or call 1.866.370.4740.

Comenzando el 2 de febrero de 2014 GED las transcripciones para el enero de 2001 a ahora, están disponibles aquí: www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/gedrequest-a-transcript - o llamada 1.866.370.4740.

Getting a High School Diploma
Students are required to pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to receive a High School Diploma. See below for high school diploma and CAHSEE testing info.

Independent Study
Highly motivated students can study independently to earn high school credits. An orientation session is necessary to explain the program. See below for more information.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)
These supportive classes provide individualized instruction in reading, writing, math and other basic skills. Instruction may include the use of computers, maps, history and science texts, and other materials. Limited high school credit is available. Upon successful completion, students may enter the High School or Independent Studies programs.


GED Preparation and Testing

GED (General Education Development) TEST PREPARATION - Gallo / Polk / Sonfield / Taylor
Students are provided with individualized help in reviewing reading, mathematics, writing, social studies and science. Practice tests are given by the teacher to assess each student's progress and readiness for the GED test.
Code
Title
Time
Day
Dates
Room
02-210-101
G.E.D. Test Prep
9:30am - 12:30pm
M-F
Ongoing
110
02-210-301
G.E.D. Test Prep
1:00-4:00pm
M/Tu/Th/F
Ongoing
110
02-210-402
G.E.D. Test Prep
1:00-3:30pm
W
Ongoing
110
02-210-201
G.E.D. Test Prep
6:00-9:00pm
M/W
Ongoing
117
02-210-281
G.E.D. Test Prep
6:00-9:00pm
Tu/Th
Ongoing
103


ADULT BASIC EDUCATION (ABE) - Hoben / Sonfield / Taylor
(Note: This is the same class listed in Adult Secondary Education below.) This class provides individualized instruction in basic reading, writing, and mathematics. Limited high school credit is available. Upon successful completion of this course, students may enter the high school and GED programs.
Code
Title
Time
Day
Dates
Room
01-200-101
ABE Reading/Writing
9:30am-12:30pm
M/W/F
Ongoing
117
01-200-201
ABE Math
9:30am-12:30pm
Tu/Th
Ongoing
117
01-200-281
ABE Reading/Writing/Math
6:00-9:00pm
Tu/Th
Ongoing
103
01-200-301
ABE Reading/Writing/Math
6:00-9:00pm
M/W
Ongoing
117


GED TESTING - Pre-registration is required
Berkeley Adult School is an official GED (General Education Development) Testing Agency. You do not have to be a student at BAS to take the GED exam at BAS. Those who successfully pass the test will receive a high school diploma equivalency certificate.

To Register and Sign up for a GED Exam
Go to www.ged.com, or call 877.392.6433.
You must sign up online before coming to BAS to take the exam.
Testing Fees
The testing fee is $35 for each subject (mathematics, language arts/reading, language arts/writing, science, and social studies) or $140 for the full test.

On Test Day
Arrive on time, or earlier. Late arrivals will not be admitted.
• Bring a government-issued photo ID (driver's license, DMV photo ID, passport)
Accommodations available upon request for students with disabilities. Go to www.ged.com, or call 877.392.6433.


High School Diploma Requirements

Berkeley Adult School's High School program is designed for adults who wish to earn a high school diploma. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Required courses are offered in the fields of science, mathematics, social science, and language arts.
Students may also choose to take elective classes from BAS’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses and pay the required fees.
Students need 180 semester credits (not including physical education) to graduate. A minimum of 10 credits must be earned at Berkeley Adult School to receive a BAS diploma.
Students must pass the CAHSEE exam (see below).


California High School Exit Exam Schedule

CAHSEE (California High School Exit Exam)
Students are required to pass the California High School Exit Exam in order to receive a High School Diploma. The test is divided into two sections, English and Math, taken over a two-day period. See test dates listed below. Students are allowed to take each exam up to three times per year. Students taking the test must have at least 12 hours of attendance at BAS. Pre-registration is required.

CAHSEE TEST DATES - Room 21
Sign-in is 8:30am. Testing is 9am-1pm

Tuesday Test Dates - ENGLISH
• Feb 3 • Mar 17 • May 12
Wednesday Test Dates - MATH
• Feb 4 • Mar 18 • May 13


Independent Study

Join us in Independent Study to earn your high school credits and diploma. All applicants (18 or older) must take the academic assessment test at least a week before attending class. The Independent Student Program is for highly motivated students who are able to work away from school and meet with an instructor once a week. Eligible students must already have earned 120 high school credits. Call 510.644.6914 for orientation dates. For more information, visit Room 104.

To Enroll
Students must take the academic assessment test, submit an official high school transcript, and then meet with the high school counselor.

Independent Study Faculty
Evelyn Fujimoto (Coordinator), Wendy Hoben, Gale LaCourt, Terrance Ratchford, Lynn Sonfield, Cristina Taylor


Adult Secondary Education (ASE) Classes

ADULT BASIC EDUCATION (ABE) - Hoben / Sonfield / Taylor
(Note: This is the same class listed in Adult Secondary Education below.) This class provides individualized instruction in basic reading, writing, and mathematics. Limited high school credit is available. Upon successful completion of this course, students may enter the high school and GED programs.
Code
Title
Time
Day
Dates
Room
01-200-101
ABE Reading/Writing
9:30am-12:30pm
M/W/F
Ongoing
117
01-200-201
ABE Math
9:30am-12:30pm
Tu/Th
Ongoing
117
01-200-281
ABE Reading/Writing/Math
6:00-9:00pm
Tu/Th
Ongoing
103
01-200-301
ABE Reading/Writing/Math
6:00-9:00pm
M/W
Ongoing
117


BASIC ENGLISH REVIEW - English Language Arts (ELA)
This course provides a review of basic grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and writing skills such as sentence and paragraph structure. It also includes a review of literary forms: short stories, poetry, and novels.
02-219-101
Basic English Review
9:30-10:30am
M-F
Ongoing
103


CAREER PREPARATION CLASSES - Cordero
Keyboarding
Improve your keyboarding skills. The course is individualized to accommodate various levels. Students will also learn basic computer functions and formatting features, and will receive a Proficiency Rating Letter. Earn 2.5 elective credits per 9-week cycle.
06-001-172
Keyboarding
12:30-1:30pm
M-Th
11/3-1/22
111
Business Communication and Career Preparation
Job hunting, resume writing and interviewing techniques for the new economy. Learn about personality styles and working as an effective team member through assessment tools. Earn 2.5 elective credits per 9-week cycle.
06-505-282
Biz Comm/Career Prep
1:30-3:30pm
Tu/Th
11/4-1/22
111


ENGLISH FORUM/CAHSEE ELA - English Review/Writing Proficiency - LaCourt / Taylor
This course studies grammar, literature, and vocabulary. It also covers beginning essay structure, including brainstorming, organizing and outlining a formal essay; business and personal letter writing. In addition, it covers skills needed for passing the CAHSEE exam. (English 1,2,3,4)
02-220-101
English Review
10:30am-12:30pm
M-F
Ongoing
103
02-220-201
English Review
6:00-9:00pm
M/W
Ongoing
103


LIFE SKILLS CLASS - Schroeder, Student Advisor
The topics for discussion include: all areas of health, the body systems, stress management, depression, loss, nutrition, drugs, relationships, human sexuality, communications skills, pregnancy, adoption, abortion, contraception, child development, legal and criminal justice system, immigration, racism, sexism, homophobia, gender and sexual identity, and more... This class is for high school students working towards a diploma and is also open to the public as well as intermediate and high level ESL students.
02-245-191
Life Skills Class
1:00-3:00pm
M-F
Ongoing
101


MATH FORUM - Ratchford / Ward
Students work at their own pace with individualized instruction in basic math skills, algebra, geometry, and CAHSEE standardized test preparation. Textbook required.
General Math
02-230-101
General Math
9:30-11:30am
M-Th
Ongoing
102
02-230-281
General Math
6:00-9:00pm
Tu/Th
Ongoing
102
Geometry
02-232-101
Geometry
9:30-11:30am
M-Th
Ongoing
102
02-232-281
Geometry
6:00-9:00pm
Tu/Th
Ongoing
102
Algebra I
02-231-101
Algebra I
9:30-11:30am
M-Th
Ongoing
102
02-231-281
Algebra I
6:00-9:00pm
Tu/Th
Ongoing
102


SCIENCE FORUM - Biology/Physical Sciences - Garcia
Students will discuss, investigate, and discover basic concepts in biology. Topics include the cell, human body systems, genetics, microbiology, plant life, ecology, and contemporary issues in biology.
02-240-191
Biology/Phys Sci
9:30am-12:30pm
M-F
Ongoing
101


SOCIAL SCIENCES FORUM - Reamon
This class offers an integrated overview of world history and geography, United States history I & II, American government, and economics. Students will examine these subjects from the perspective of their historical development.
Economics
02-260-101
Economics
1:00-3:30pm
M-Th
Ongoing
102
02-260-271
Economics
6:00-9:00pm
W
Ongoing
102
U.S. History I
02-261-101
U.S History I
1:00-3:30pm
M-Th
Ongoing
102
02-261-271
U.S History I
6:00-9:00pm
W
Ongoing
102
U.S. History II
02-262-101
U.S History II
1:00-3:30pm
M-Th
Ongoing
102
02-262-271
U.S History II
6:00-9:00pm
W
Ongoing
102
American Government
02-263-101
American Govt
1:00-3:30pm
M-Th
Ongoing
102
02-263-271
American Govt
6:00-9:00pm
W
Ongoing
102
World History
02-264-101
World History
1:00-3:30pm
M-Th
Ongoing
102
02-264-271
World History
6:00-9:00pm
W
Ongoing
102



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