Ventura Adult Education High School Programs

Diploma Program Overview

Ventura Adult and Continuing Education provides the opportunity to attain a high school diploma by concentrating on a few subjects at one time. Classes are free and are offered during the day and in the evening to accommodate a variety of schedules. Students may enter the program at any time throughout the year and work with friendly, knowledgeable, fully credentialed instructors to meet their goals.

Ventura Adult and Continuing Education is a fully accredited high school with a six-year clear WASC accreditation granted in 2013.

All of the classes offered meet the requirements for high school. A list of the classes offered can be found under the "High School Class Offerings" heading.

Ventura Adult and Continuing Education High School offers a variety of academic approaches.

The VACE High School office is located in Room 227, Second Floor, 5280 Valentine Road. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

How to Register for the High School Diploma/GED®/HiSETGED® Program

Students who are 18 or older who are not currently enrolled in high school:

• Get an official sealed transcript from the last school in which the student earned credits.
• Bring the transcript to VACE's High School office during office hours and schedule an appointment to be held at a later date.

Students under 18 years of age who want to attend VACE full time:

• Must be referred through the VUSD Alternative Placement Committee
• Must obtain clearance cards from their prior high school and submit them to the Adult Education office before attending orientation
• Must attend orientations (with a parent or guardian if a minor)
• Must attend school from 8 am - 3 pm daily (M-F)

Concurrent students (those enrolled in a comprehensive high school):

• Must obtain recommendations for concurrent placement signed by the students, parents, and the high school counselors during a counseling session which specifies which class or classes the students need
• Must bring copies of the students' high school schedules showing enrollment in at least six periods for comprehensive high schools and four periods for continuation schools
• Must attend orientations (with parents or guardians)

High School Class Offerings

• Math: Math Intervention, General Math, Math Topics, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry

• English Language Arts: English 9, 10, 11, 12, English Language Arts Intervention, Reading I, Creative Writing, Fantasy Literature

• Science: Earth Science, Life Science

• Social Science: Geography, U.S History, World History, Economics, American Democracy, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Contemporary Issues, CA History, Sociology

• Health

• Applied Arts: Careers, Life Skills, Keyboarding, Computer Basics

• Fine Arts/ Foreign Language: Art I

• Test Prep:High School Equivalency Exams

Please call (805) 289-1749 ext 1230 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm to schedule an appointment.

High School Classes are available Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 8 pm and Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Lunch is from 12 pm to 1 pm daily.

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Staff 5280 Valentine Road 226 and 228 MTWTh 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Staff 5280 Valentine Road 226 and 228 F 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Staff 5280 Valentine Road 226 and 228 MTWTh 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm


High School Equivalency Exam Preparation

California now offers more than one option for getting a high school equivalency certificate. Here are answers to frequently-asked questions:

Should I take the GED or HiSET?

It depends on your goals and academic strengths. Our classes will prepare you for either test. Your teachers have information to help you decide.

How much do classes cost?

Preparation classes are free. However, you are encouraged to take official practice tests from the testing service, which cost $3.75 each. When you’re ready, you’ll also need to pay for the exam but you’ll do that through the testing service, not through VACE.

How do I register for classes?

STEP ONE: Registration begins with assessment tests taken over two days:
     Thursday evening: Room 224
     Arrive at 6 pm and plan to stay until 9 pm.
     Friday morning: Room 224
     Arrive at 9 am and plan to stay until noon.

STEP TWO: After your assessment tests are completed, you will be scheduled for your first day of class, which will be no more than two weeks from then. Your first day begins with a brief Orientation and then you will start class the same day.

When are the classes offered?

Weekday options start as early as 8 am and go as late as 8 pm. You must commit to a schedule to be ready to test as soon as possible. VACE operates year-round with only occasional breaks.

Can I do this in Spanish?


Will there be a graduation?

Yes! VACE holds a cap and gown ceremony for all who received their certificates.

How do I register for the exam?

Visit the testing services’ websites for details regarding fees, registration and payment:

Where will I take the exam?

VACE is an authorized test center for GED and has a referral process to send students to Oxnard Adult School to take the HiSET.

Clases de preparación de exámenes que equivalencia de la High School

California ahora ofrece más de una opción para obtener su certificado de equivalencia de escuela secundaria. Aquí están las respuestas a las preguntas más frecuentes:

¿Debo tomar el GED o el HiSET?

Depende de sus metas y capacidad académica. Las clases le prepararán para cualquiera de las examinaciones. Sus maestros tienen información y orientación en cuanto a decidir qué examen es mejor para usted.

¿Cuánto cuestan las clases?

Las clases de preparación son gratuitas. Se anima a los estudiantes a tomar exámenes oficiales de práctica del servicio de examinacion, que cuestan $3.75 cada uno.

¿Cómo me registro para las clases?

PRIMER PASO: Registración comienza con un examen evaluación que se toma en un periodo de dos días:
Jueves en la noche: Salón 224: Llegue a 6 pm y planee en quedarse hasta las 9 pm.
Viernes en la mañana: Salón 224: Llegue a 9 am y planee en quedarse hasta las 12 pm./p

SEGUNDO PASO: Después que su evaluación este completa, usted será puesta en su primer día de clases, el cual no será más de dos semanas después. Su primer día comenzara con una Orientación y en este mismo día la clase comenzara.

¿Cuándo son las clases?

Lunes, martes, y miercoles, 6-9 pm. No es necesario llegar a todas las clases.

¿Cuánto tiempo tomará?

Esto depende de usted. Su maestro le dará una estimación desupés de evaluar sus habilidades.

¿Habrá una graduación?

¡Si! Tenemos una ceremonia para todos los que pasaron durante el año.

¿Cómo me registro para el examen?

Visite los sitios de examinación en el web para obtener información acerca de las tarifas, registración y el pago:

¿Dónde voy a tomar el examen?

VACE es un centro autorizado para examinación para el GED y tiene un proceso de referencia para enviar a los estudiantes a Escuela de Adultos en Oxnard para tomar el HiSET.

Volunteer Paraeducator Training

Enroll in this free course where participants learn how to provide educational support as volunteers or paid paraeducators in schools operated by the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD).

Course topics include:

Overview of school procedures
Classroom management
Safety and first aid
Policies for children with special needs
Operation of commonly-used school equipment
Career growth opportunities in VUSD
Job search preparation skills

The course is taught two evenings a week for five weeks in Ventura. The minimum age is 18 and there is no maximum age. It is entirely free and course materials will be provided.Call 289-7925 for more information.

Session 1: Sep 20, 2016 - Oct 20, 2016
Session 2: Feb 28, 2017 - Mar 30, 2017

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Lopez EP Foster Elementary   TTh 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Workforce Development Board of Ventura County and VACE Collaboration

Workforce Development Academy

Good jobs depend on people who can put knowledge to work. The Technology for Job Readiness courses taught at the Workforce Development Academy are designed to prepare job-seekers for today's labor market with adult basic literacy, numeracy, and computer skills offered in both book- and computer-based formats.

Students learn to use office equipment such as copy and fax machines and electronic calculators. They also learn telephone etiquette and customer service techniques. Basic math, keyboarding, and computer applications are the focus of the programs, with an emphasis on the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access). Students learn to use email and the Internet effectively. Workshops are conducted on resumes (electronic and hard copy), cover and thank-you letters, and business cards. Customized modules address job-seeking skills including interviewing, phone contacting, and networking for job searches. This program helps job-seekers improve existing skills or learn new ones.

Certificates of Completion are awarded to students who meet all course requirements. Successful graduates of the Workforce Development Academy are eligible for scholarships to attend the Career Technical Education programs at VACE.

The academy is FREE to all adults ages 18 and older. There is a $10 registration fee plus book charge if students wish to purchase books.

The Workforce Development Academy is a joint project of Ventura Adult Education, the Ventura Job and Career Center and the County of Ventura. Enrollment is open entry and depends on available space. Call today to reserve a place: 289-1744. VACE’s Main Compus for registering (not attending classes) is open Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 7 pm and on Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Hatcher/Schuette Ventura Job & Career Ctr 118 M-F 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Hatcher/Schuette Ventura Job & Career Ctr 118 M-F 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Vinson Ventura Job & Career Ctr 118 MW 5:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Vinson Ventura Job & Career Ctr 118 TTh 5:15 pm - 8:15 pm


Are You Looking For Work?

VACE has a Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant that assists with education, support services, training, and job placements.

WIOA Job Program for Young Adults

The WIOA Program offers guidance, generous cash incentives, supportive service, and practical assistance to low-income adults between the ages of 18 and 24 years old who are pursuing educational and employment goals. The primary focus is on those youth who dropped out of high school and are now ready to return, but high school graduates are also welcome to apply. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements.

This free service is a partnership between VACE and the Workforce Development Board of Ventura County, with funding from the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunigy Act.