Program Information

Adult education courses consist of classroom-based and voluntary educational programming designed for inmate-students of all grade levels including Adult Basic Education (ABE), High School Equivalency, and High School Diploma Programs.

ABE covers basic non-readers and English language learners with a grade level equivalency of 0-6.9. Classes are designed specifically for inmate-students and are taught by teachers with valid credentials from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Subjects include English, Language Arts, and Mathematics. Teachers provide inmate-students with interactive, engaging, and relevant instruction aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) also offers High School Equivalency and High School Diploma Programs which aim to get inmate-students an accredited High School Diploma or High School Equivalency, allowing inmate-students the ability to continue their pathway to success, including post-secondary education.

Assignments for ABE, High School Equivalency, and High School Diploma Programs can occur though classroom-based programming or the Voluntary Education Program, which provides inmate-students with an opportunity to receive additional tutoring that includes individualized instruction through inmate peer tutoring, correspondence coursework, and large and small group instruction.

Note: Inmate-students may be eligible to earn Milestone Completion Credit(s) in accordance with the California Code of Regulations Title 15.


Adult education is available at all CDCR institutions.

Program Length

Adult education’s average course length per grade-level is typically one-year.


Inmate-students are placed in the appropriate ABE class level according to their Test of Adult Basic Education reading score. Classification Committees assign inmate-students who do not have a verified High School Equivalency or a High School Diploma.

Contact Information

(916) 445-8035