There are a few options to earn a high school diploma or equivalency in LAUSD. There are options in traditional high schools, High School Educational Options Programs (continuation schools), or Community Adult Schools. Whichever setting you choose, all lead to a diploma or equivalency, all of which give you the option to attend higher education and beyond.
LAUSD High School Diploma Requirements
The Los Angeles Unified School district states that each student must complete the following to earn a high school diploma (traditional high schools and Educational Options High Schools):
1. Complete minimum A-G requirements for CSU admission
2. Complete additional course requirements (PE, Health, Electives)
3. Earn at least 210 credits
4. Complete the Service Learning Requirement
5. Choose a Career Pathway
View and download the LAUSD Graduation Requirements handout.
Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE) Diploma Options
Community Adult Schools and Occupational Centers offer three options for students to earn a diploma or equivalency:
Traditional High School Diploma — 170 Credits in specific courses: English, Math, Social Studies, Science, Health, Personal Development Course, Computer Applications course, and Electives
Diploma Plus — HISET + 10 specific courses = High School Diploma. Students pass the HISET (diploma equivalency exam) plus 10 specific courses (English, Math, Social Studies, Health, Personal Development, and Computer Applications) to earn a HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA.
HISET Exam — Students who pass the HISET exam earn a Certificate of High School Proficiency. View the HISET informational handout.
Visit the Division of Adult and Career Education website.
View the DACE Diploma Options checklists.
California High School Proficiency Exam
An option for students to earn a diploma equivalency is The California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE). If eligible to take the test, students can earn the legal equivalent of a high school diploma by passing the CHSPE. Upon passing the CHSPE, the California State Board of Education will award a Certificate of Proficiency, which by state law is equivalent to a high school diploma.
The CHSPE consists of two test sections: English Language Arts and Mathematics. You must pass both sections to receive a Certificate of Proficiency. On the test administration day, you can choose to take the Mathematics section, the English Language Arts section, or the English Language Arts Reading section subtest, or any combination of the three.
A student may take the CHSPE if he/she meets one of the following requirements:
- At least 16 years old
- Enrolled in 10th grade for at least one academic year
- Will complete one academic year of enrollment in 10th grade during which the CHSPE administration (spring or fall) will be conducted
View the CHSPE informational handout.