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High School Diploma

Requirements to Enroll into the High School Diploma Program (Independent Study)


Minimum Credit Requirement:  Students needing fewer than 30 **Core Subject high school credits toward the 140 credit requirement (e.g., 110 **Core Subject credits already earned) are eligible to enroll in the Independent Study program.  Students who need more than 30 **Core Subject high school credits will be recommended to pursue their GED or will be referred to another local adult school.


Independent Study Format: Due to the design of the credit recovery program, students must be able to work independently.  Unlike traditional classes which are direct instruction (with 10+ students attending at the same time), Independent Study students meet individually (once per week) with the teacher.  The teacher and the student review homework (from that week) before assignments are given for the next week. 

Please note that we typically maintain a consistent enrollment of about 25 students at any given time in this program.  Consequently, most new students will be placed on our wait list and invited to attend if/when space becomes available.  

Enrollment is FREE! 


​​Enrollment Process for All New Students

Step 1:  Verifying your eligibility and see if your schedule fits (see Table 1)

  • Do you meet the 30 **Core Subject credit minimum requirement?  Does our class schedule fit your schedule?  If not, we highly recommend exploring other Adult School options, such as Castro Valley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, New Haven, Fremont, etc.

  • Although we will try to accommodate each student's preferred schedule, we must balance out the number of students attending each day as illustrated in Table 1, below.  Consequently, you may not receive a preferred day & time if space is not available.


​Table 1 

Days Times Number of Students (approximate)
Tuesdays 4:15 PM to 8:15 PM 7
Wednesdays 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM 7

4:15 PM to 8:15 PM  

(*Working students will receive priority)




Step 2:  Drop off a current copy of your transcript along with your contact information to The Hayward Center's front office for enrollment evaluation.

  • You may begin the process by visiting the Hayward Center's front office. 
    • *IMPORTANT NOTICE: A transcript must be provided in order for enrollment to be considered.
      • Faxed transcripts are accepted, however, a new student's enrollment eligibility will be determined by the date the fax was received and not the date they signed up in the front office.
      • **The following students do not need to drop off their transcript, because the counselor will be able to access them:
        1. ​​Any student who attended any of the following HUSD high schools within the last 3 years - Hayward High, Mt. Eden, Tennyson, or Brenkwitz
        2. Any former Hayward Center (Hayward Adult) student​ (a transcript for credits completed outside of Hayward Adult School is required)
  • As time permits, the School Counselor will evaluate all transcripts to verify each student's eligibility.
    • Ineligible students will be notified of their status via meeting or e-mail so the student can make arrangements to pursue their GED or enroll into another Adult School.
    • Eligible students will be notified by the School Counselor by way of a call and/or e-mail.  
      • *IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the nature of the wait list process, we respectfully request your patience and that you refrain from repeatedly contacting the School Counselor to inquire about your  enrollment status.  More importantly, we ask that you please e-mail the School Counselor to notify the school of any changes to your contact information.  

Step 3:  Sign Independent Study contract and Behavior & Attendance Agreement

  • The counselor will contact the student to set up a registration meeting. In this meeting, a class schedule is assigned procedures are reviewed, and the contract and attendance agreements are signed.
  • Please click here to view the Behavior & Attendance Agreement​


Hayward Center for Education and Careers' high school credit requirements

During the school closure due to Covid-19, prospective students can send their transcripts via email to the counselor:

You can also complete the interest form here.

On September 1, 2014 The Hayward Center for Education and Careers adopted a

140 high school credit course requirement.

The CAHSEE exam(s) are no longer a requirement for a High School Diploma. 

See credit breakdown below


Courses Credits Required
English 40
World History 10
U.S. History/ Geography 10
Government/Civics 5
Economics 5
Mathematics 10
Algebra 10
Biology/Life Science 10
Physical Science 10
Fine Arts/Foreign Language/Vocational 20
Electives 5

Career and College Readiness

*This is a Hayward Center requirement