Adult Secondary Education (ASE) – High School Diploma Program In El Monte CA

This program offers regular classroom, individualized study lab, and home study instruction. Students may study High School Diploma/High School Equivalency subjects and/or Adult Basic Education. Classes are offered at Ramona Center during the day and evening hours.

Regularly Scheduled Classes
A variety of regularly scheduled classes are offered each quarter. Most subjects are offered in a classroom setting with a teacher. Check our web site for a current schedule of classes. All students entering the High School Diploma Program must see a counselor and take assessment tests prior to enrolling.

High School Diploma Classes
The following High School Diploma classes are offered at the Ramona Adult Center (Course descriptions see here):
Algebra I A
Algebra I B
Art Appreciation
Basic Education
Drama
Economics
English I
English II
English III
English IV
Fine Arts
Geometry
Health
Life Science I
Life Science II
Math Review
Physical Science I
Physical Science II
Pre-Algebra
Spanish I
Spanish II
Speech
U.S. Government
United States History I
United States History II
World History I
World History II

Requirements for the High School Diploma
1. Counselor approval
2. Completion of the coursework listed below
3. Ten (10) credit residency requirement
4. Pass the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE)

Coursework Credits
English
Algebra I
Mathematics
Biological Science/Physical Science (including both disciplines)
World History and Geography I & II
U.S. History I & II
American Government
Health
Economics
Fine Arts or Foreign Language
Electives
40
10
10
20
10
10
5
5
5
10
55
 Total Credits 180

CAHSEE Exam
All high school graduates must pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). The purpose of the CAHSEE is to assess whether students who graduate from high school can demonstrate grade level competency of the state content standards for reading, writing, and mathematics. The CAHSEE has two parts: English-Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.

Credit
Each five (5) credit course requires a minimum of sixty (60) hours of attendance and successful completion of assignments and tests. Students may take vocational courses for elective credits.
A student may apply previously earned high school credits toward the diploma (official transcripts are required).
Elective credits may be granted for verified satisfactory full-time work experience or military service. Ten (10) credits per year with a maximum of forty (40) credits may be earned.
Students must complete one course in career/vocational preparation and one computer-based education course.

Adult Basic Education Classes (ABE)
Adult Basic Education classes are designed for students who would like to strengthen their reading, writing, and math skills before entering the High School Diploma Program. All students entering Adult Basic Education must see a counselor and take assessment tests prior to enrolling. The results of these tests determine which program/class is most appropriate.

High School Equivalency Test Preparation
This is an open enrollment course taught in a lab setting. It is designed for students who need to review The Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Science of the High School Equivalency Test.

GED Testing
The El Monte-Rosemead Adult School administers the General Educational Development (GED) test. The GED includes the following sections: Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
The following are the requirements to register for the official test:
1. Must be 18 years old at the time of application
2. Must be a resident of California
3. Must have DMV identification (Social Security number recommended, but not required)
4. Must not have any other high school diploma, certificate, or be attending a regular high school
The counseling staff recommends students to take the GED Ready practice test before registering for the official test. The practice test can be taken in our lab for $4.50 per section or online at home for $6.00 per section. Upon completion of the test, the counseling staff can recommend individualized courses of study for each student. Students interested in the practice or official GED examination can see a counselor to obtain more information.
To register for the official GED tests, students must create a profile online at www.ged.com. After registering, students can select available testing dates, times, and locations. The El Monte-Rosemead Adult School can provide assistance and guidance during the registration process. The GED fees are $140.00 (or $35.00 per section). Sections can be taken on different dates and/or testing locations. Both practice and official tests are computer based.

Independent Study Labs
The Individualized Study Lab at the Ramona Center is designed to allow students to study on an individual basis, working at their own pace in an independent setting. All students entering the High School Diploma Program must see a counselor and take assessment tests prior to enrolling.
An advantage of this program is that students may enroll at any time and make their own daily schedule. All work is completed at school where staff is available to assist students in all high school subjects, although teacher availability is limited.

Home Study/Independent Study
The Home Study Program, an independent study program, enables students to earn high school diploma credits for work completed at home. Students are required to meet weekly with a teacher and satisfactorily complete assignments and tests. All students entering Home Study/Independent Study must see a counselor and take assessment tests prior to enrolling. Please call the Ramona Adult Center at 626.258.5800 extension 8148 for additional information.

The Online Independent Study Lab
The Independent Study and Home Study Programs are also offered at the Ramona Adult Center through the Online Independent Study Lab. The online courses allow students who have a personal computer and internet access to work at home. Students who do not have access to a computer may complete online coursework at school. All students entering the Independent Study Lab must take assessment tests and see a counselor prior to enrolling. The counselor will assign the recommended classes. A start date and completion date for each course will also be discussed. Although students are able to work at home, unit tests must be completed at school. After successful completion of an online course, students will earn 5 credits. Please call the Ramona Adult Center at (626) 258-5841 for additional information.

Basic English/Basic Reading
The Adult Basic Literacy class provides individualized instruction for students who are interested in improving their basic reading and writing skills. The course serves native English speakers who have limited literacy skills and English Second Language (ESL) students who have transitioned into the Adult Secondary Education Department.

Adult Secondary Education Course Descriptions

Algebra I, Part I: This course will take the student through the basic principles of Algebra including, Properties of Real Numbers, Writing, Solving and Graphing of Linear Equations.

Algebra I, Part II: This course will take the student through basic principles of Algebra including Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities, Exponents and Exponential Functions, Quadratic Equations and Functions, Polynomials and Factoring, Rational Expressions and Equations, and Operations with Radical Numbers.

Fundamentals of Art: Art Appreciation provides an understanding and appreciation of the fine arts, particularly the visual arts. It provides an examination of the elements of art and the chief historical periods.

Life Science I, II: These courses investigate and study all living things, identify natural resources and the effects of pollution.

History and Appreciation of Theater: This fine arts course is designed to provide an understanding and appreciation of drama through classroom readings of short plays. Special attention is given to the dramatic elements of plot, character, setting and dialogue.

Economics: This course presents basic principles of economics to help the students understand the “supply” and “demand” system of economics under which they live. Economics identifies the growing problems caused by unlimited demands on limited resources and develops an appreciation for sound capital investment which enables students to understand a free enterprise system.

English I: This course combines the study of English Literature including vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and literary response and analysis with listening and speaking strategies, English grammar, and writing development.

English II: This course is a continuation of the study of English Literature including vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and literary response and analysis combined with listening and speaking strategies, English grammar, and writing development.

English III: This course combines the study of American Literature including vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and literary response and analysis combined with listening and speaking strategies, English grammar, and more advanced writing development.

English IV: This course combines the study of British and World Literature including vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and literary response combined with listening and speaking strategies, English grammar, and advanced writing development.

Health: This course introduces students to basic health information including how the body functions, healthy development from infancy to adulthood, and the different types of diseases and health conditions to help students make informed decisions to lead healthy and productive lives.

Math Review: This course is designed for students who need a review of basic math including whole number operations, fractions, decimals, per cents, and measurement.

Geometry: This course is a study of lines and figures that lie in a plane surface with emphasis on congruence, statistics and reasoning, application of formulas for perimeter, areas volumes and surfaces. Students explore more complex geometric and deepen their explanations of geometric relationships, presenting and hearing formal mathematical arguments.

Introduction to Graphic Design: This course covers the course standards for the visual performing arts as it relates to Fine Arts. Instruction includes, posters, book covers, and advertising using various computer applications.

Physical Science I, II: These courses develop a basic understanding of earth science including the universe, the planet earth, and the earth’s atmosphere and changing surface.

Pre-Algebra: Course content includes an introduction to number sense, algebra and functions, measurement and geometry, statistics, data analysis and probability, and mathematical reasoning.

Spanish I, II: This course offers an introductory program that is designed to help students attain a desirable level of proficiency in four basic skills, speaking, listening, reading and writing. The course makes language acquisition a natural, personalized, enjoyable, and rewarding experience.

Speech: The basic steps for the organization and delivery of a speech are covered. The elements of good public speaking and the importance of audience planning are stressed. Students are able to practice speeches in a non-threatening environment.

U.S. Government: This course introduces students to the structure of the government of the United States as created by the framers of the Constitution including the legislative, executive, and judicial branches and the functions of the national, state, and local governments.

United States History I, II: These courses cover political, social, and economic development of the United States, discovery, colonial period struggle for independence, establishment of constitutional government, Civil War, World War I and II, personalities, and ideas and events in American history to the present.

World History I, II: These courses are offered to give students a global perspective of world history and geography. Students will gain the realization that we live in an interdependent global community whose well-being depends in part on cross-culture awareness, communication, cooperation, and respect.