General Information for the Academic Programs
Placement (Assessment) 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 (General Education Development) 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
• May 12
Wednesday Test Dates - MATH
• May 13
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.
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, Beverly Lesch, Tricia Mool, Terrance Ratchford, Lynn Sonfield, Cristina Taylor