Important!  CASHEE has been suspended.

Due to recent State Legislature changes, the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) has been suspended through July 2018. That means passing the CAHSEE is no longer required to earn a diploma (through July 2018). The new law also states that beginning in January 2016 students who completed all graduation requirements, except for passage of the CAHSEE, may be issued their high school diploma from the school they last attended. If you did not pass CAHSEE while in high school, and were also in need of more credits, now is the time to come back to school to earn your diploma. A high school diploma will improve your chances or getting a job and qualify you for higher paying jobs. Vista Adult School will help get you on track to your diploma. We are affordable, friendly and close to home. Call or come to an orientation to learn more.

High School Equivalency Exam
Vista Adult School is a testing center for two California approved High School Equivalency (HSE) Exams - the GED and the HiSET. A HSE exam is for adults who do not have a high school diploma. Those who pass the exam will receive a California High School Equivalency Certificate. Anyone 18 years of age or older, or 17 under certain circumstances, is eligible to take a HSE exam. CA residency and acceptable ID is required to take the exam. Be sure the name you register for the exam with matches the name on your ID.



We are a Pearson Vue authorized testing center and offer the GED exam via computer. To sign up for the GED you must first register through; all registration, scheduling and payments is done through the GED website. The GED exam consists of four parts: Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies. The cost is $35 per exam or $140 for all four parts. More information can be found at the website.


We are an ETS authorized testing center and offer the HiSET exam via computer or paper/pencil. The State of California has recently approved the HiSET exam, which is an alternative to the GED. To sign up you must first register through; all registration, scheduling and payment is done through the HiSET website. The exam consists of five parts: Language Arts Reading, Language Arts Writing, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. The cost of the first test is $44 (which includes the $20 State fee) and all subtests after that would be $24 each. All tests purchased include 2 retakes. More information can be found at the website.

Classes are offered in the morning and evening; as well as through an online independent study option.

To enroll in the High School Program, students must be at least 18 years of age and attend a mandatory orientation. It is important to bring a copy of your most recent transcripts with you to orientation.

HSD Program orientations and classes are held at the VAS Sunset Campus. Space in orientations is limited; we recommend you arrive at least one hour prior to the start time. Please report to the office to begin orientation process.

High School Diploma Requirements

These are the minimum course requirements as identified by the Vista Unified School District for graduation.  Successful completion of each course is required to receive a diploma.

Are you interested in obtaining your high school diploma, or passing a High School Equivalency Exam (ex. GED or HiSET)? Are you looking to improve your basic academic skills in order to advance in your career, find new employment or achieve personal growth? If so, Vista Adult School’s High School Program will help you accomplish your goals.

170 Credits
  • English - 40 credits
  • Math - 30 credits
  • US History - 10 credits
  • Government/Economics - 10 credits
  • Fine Art - 10 credits
  • Life/Physical Science - 20 credits
  • World History - 10 credits
  • Electives - 35 credits
  • Senior Project - 5 credits

A diploma for high school graduation is awarded upon completion of the following requirements. A minimum completion of a 5 credit class at the Adult School is required.

High School Program

Education to Career Network
San Diego Workforce Partnership