Adult Education

Program Information

Adult education courses consist of classroom‐based and blended independent study classes designed for inmate‐students of all grade levels. This includes Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) programs.

ABE covers basic non‐readers and English language learners with below a 7th grade reading level. Subjects include English language arts and mathematics. Teachers provide inmate‐students interactive instruction that follows the state and federal College and Career Readiness Standards. The goal is for inmate‐students to increase literacy and progress to an ASE to earn a high school diploma or high school equivalency by taking the General Education Development (GED) test.

ASE aims to enable inmate‐students to earn a high school diploma or high school equivalency. This will allow inmate‐students to continue their post‐secondary education and be prepared for entry level employment.

Assignments to adult education are open entry and open exit and consist of research based instructional practices, explicit direct instruction, and differentiation to individualize learning.

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 reading grade level. Classification Committees assign inmate‐students who do not have a verified high school equivalency or a high school diploma.

Contact Information

(916) 445-8035