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Register for a Class!

To register for a class, students must first create an account, choose the classes they wish to register for and pay with a credit or debit card.  If you are registering for our High School Diploma, GED, Adult Basic Education classes or our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, you must first attend an orientation. 

How to Register

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REGISTER ONLINE

To register for a class, all new students are required to create an account.

*CREDIT CARD OR DEBIT CARD REQUIRED

REGISTER BY MAIL

Mail the completed form along with a check or money order payable to:

WCCAE Alvarado Campus, 5625 Sutter Ave., Richmond, CA 94804.

(For enrollment confirmation, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope or provide your email address.)

We accept payments via check, credit, and debit cards.

Forms are readily available at our office for your convenience. 📬💳

REGISTER IN-PERSON

Visit one of our convenient Adult Education campuses in person. Alternatively, you can register by giving our main office a call at (510) 231-1453 and pressing 0. Staff will promptly assist you in registering for the class of your choice!

Registration Requirements

Community Interest Fee Schedule

ADMISSIONS/ELIGIBILITY:  Classes are open to all adult students 18 years of age or older, regardless of residency or citizenship.

 

CHILDREN/Under 18: Children or any individual  under 18 years old are not permitted in any Adult Education class. 

 

CLASS CANCELLATION POLICY: Students must attend the first class session in order to establish the class. Fees are based on a minimum number of students. Classes may be canceled, hours reduced, or fees increased if we do not have the minimum number of students enrolled for all daytime and evening classes.

 

REFUND POLICY: All requests for refunds must be in writing (email accepted). Class fees will NOT be refunded for any reason if the written request is less than two (2) business days BEFORE the start of class. Refund requests incur a $25 service charge per class. If a class is cancelled by WCCAE for any reason, a full refund will be made automatically.  No refunds are provided for books.

  • The costs of running classes are built into the fee structure.

  • In most classes, 10 students are required to start a class at the stated fee. If fewer than 10 students enroll in the class, hours of instruction may be decreased or the fee may be increased for the class to continue.

 

Note:  Due to state budget cuts that have been imposed on California Adult Schools, there is no state funding for classes. The entire cost of instruction, use of facilities, clerical and administrative support is built into the fee structure. Fees have been set to provide maximum services at the lowest possible cost to students. Senior discounts do not apply.

 

Community Interest Refund Policy -

  • All requests for refunds must be in writing (email accepted).

  • Class fees will NOT be refunded for any reason if written request is less than two (2) business days BEFORE the start of class.

  • Refund requests incur a $25 service charge per class.

  • If a class is cancelled by WCCAE for any reason, a full refund will be made automatically.

  • No refunds are provided for books.

  • Where is the adult school located?
    We are located at 5625 Sutter Ave. Richmond, CA. 94801. We have three different locations: DeJean Adult School | Alvarado Adult School | Serra Adult School
  • Is West Contra Costa Adult School Accredited?
    Yes, West Contra Costa is fully accredited by Western Association of School and Colleges.
  • How old do I have to be to take classes at WCCAE?
    West Contra Costa accepts all adult students ages 18 and older.
  • Do you offer childcare?
    Unfortunately at this time, WCCAE does not offer childcare.
  • Can you help me determining my academic/vocational needs?
    Yes. Counseling is available to help students determine their instructional needs for basic skills improvement, high school diploma completion, GED prep, job training, and self- improvement. Please contact Lillie Clausen, College & Career Specialist - LClausen2@wccusd.net
  • What if I experience issues registering online?
    If you experience problems registering online, please phone the West Contra Costa Adult Education office at (510) 231-1453. Press 0 to speak with the front office.
  • How much does it cost to take a class?
    High School Diploma, GED, ESL and Adult Basic Education are all FREE classes. Classes that require a fee are: Community classes, Career Technical Education class, Trade/Skills courses.
  • Are there Refunds?
    All requests for refunds must be in writing (email accepted). Class fees will NOT be refunded for any reason if written request is less than two (2) business days BEFORE the start of class. Refund requests incur a $25 service charge per class. If a class is cancelled by WCCAE for any reason, a full refund will be made automatically. No refunds are provided for books.
  • What is your community interest fee schedule?
    The costs of running classes are built into the fee structure. In most classes, 10 students are required to start a class at the stated fee. If fewer than 10 students enroll in the class, hours of instruction may be decreased or the fee may be increased for the class to continue. Note: Due to state budget cuts that have been imposed on California Adult Schools, there is no state funding for classes. The entire cost of instruction, use of facilities, clerical and administrative support is built into the fee structure. Fees have been set to provide maximum services at the lowest possible cost to students. Senior discounts do not apply.
  • What is your community interest refund policy?
    All requests for refunds must be in writing (email accepted). Class fees will NOT be refunded for any reason if written request is less than two (2) business days BEFORE the start of class. Refund requests incur a $25 service charge per class. If a class is cancelled by WCCAE for any reason, a full refund will be made automatically. No refunds are provided for books.
  • What payment methods do you accept?
    Payments can be made through Credit/Debit Card, Check or Money Order (payable to WCCAE), or Cash (in person only).
  • How old do I have to be to enroll at WCCAE?
    Adult education classes are open to persons 18 years of age and older
  • What’s better for me: GED or High School Diploma?
    Neither is better. One is a diploma from our own adult education high school that is earned by completing classes for credits and the other is a General Education Diploma that’s earned through a series of tests. If you’d like to know how many credits you would need to earn your high school diploma in our high school diploma program, you can submit a copy of your high school transcript(s) for a brief evaluation by our staff.
  • I only needed three credits to graduate from my high school. I want to come there and get those credits so I can get my diploma. Can I do that?
    We still need to do an evaluation because we don’t know the subjects you’ve earned previous credits in. Additionally, adult education credit totals are different from other high schools in the district. The best thing for you is to submit your official transcript for an evaluation. Then we will know how many credits you will need to earn in our program.
  • ​Do I need to get transcripts?
    Yes. Your transcripts are used to determine what additional classes you need to earn your diploma. You can order transcripts from Parchment.com. Cost ranges from t​hree to twenty dollars and it takes approximately 3 days for delivery. Parchment sends the transcripts to us electronically.
  • Will having a GED negatively affect me?
    No. In fact, having a GED will improve your life. You will experience all the rights as a person with an High School Diploma, you can apply for college, financial aid and apply for a variety of different job opportunities.
  • Which one is faster for me: GED or High School Diploma?
    It’s hard to predict because each student’s case is different. The practice test in our orientation provides a good indication of how you’ll do on the GED test. Choosing a path of study and participating in class does help. For those who can’t attend a regular class, we offer traditional distance learning classes, which are much like an independent study program. Our advisor can help you make the best decision when choosing between the two programs.
  • Which one is faster for me: GED or High School Diploma?
    It’s hard to predict because each student’s case is different. The practice test in our orientation provides a good indication of how you’ll do on the GED test. Choosing a path of study and participating in class does help. For those who can’t attend a regular class, we offer traditional distance learning classes, which are much like an independent study program. Our advisor can help you make the best decision when choosing between the two programs.
  • I earned some credits in another program, will those count?"
    Please get an official copy of your transcript from an accredited institution and submit it to WCC Adult Ed staff for review. If credits apply, we will include them in the evaluation.
  • What types of ESL classes are offered?
    The following types of ESL classes are offered: ● Literacy, Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced ESL ● Online and In-person at DeJean, Serra, and Richmond High - online students will receive a link to join the class after they register ● Morning and evening classes available
  • What type of instruction is used?
    Instructor-facilitated, self-paced Textbook-based with computer support Group instruction and individual support
  • What can I expect from taking this class?
    Dynamic and supportive learning environment College atmosphere Knowledgeable, experienced instructors Respect for students
  • What locations offer ESL?
    ● DeJean Adult Center, Corner of 35th and Chanslor, Richmond 94804 ● Serra Adult Center, 6028 Ralston Ave., Richmond 94805 ● Richmond High School, 1250 23rd. St., Richmond 94804 ● Online
  • Where can I register?
    ● Call: 510-231-1453, press “0” ● Online registration at wccadulteducation.com, go to the Learn English button ● In-person registration at DeJean Adult Center, Richmond High and Alvarado
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