About Contra Costa Adult School

We facilitate successful transitions of adult learners back to their communities by providing transformative education and personal development.


The instructional re-entry programs ensure the opportunity for students to:
  • Take appropriate academic coursework
  • Address basic skill deficiencies
  • Earn high school diploma or high school equivalency (HiSET or GED)
  • Develop pro-social behaviors and life skills
  • Develop career/work and parenting skills
CAAS provides:
  • A WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) accredited school program
  • Fully credentialed teachers
  • Curriculum aligned with the College and Career Readiness Standards
  • Computer-assisted instruction

Contra Costa Adult School Schoolwide Learner Results:

Contra Costa Adult School Students work to strengthen employability and communication skills including

  • Job Search skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Career Technical skills
  • Basic numeracy, literacy, and writing for college and career readiness

Contra Costa Adult School Students build critical thinking through

  • Analyzing and synthesizing content from multiple sources
  • Actively listening and responding verbally and in writing
  • Applying learned concepts and principles to new problems
  • Job Search skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Career Technical skills
  • Basic numeracy, literacy, and writing for college and career readiness

Students maintain a rigorous and respectful environment with

  • Civility and respect
  • Commitment and participation

Through pathways established at Contra Costa Adult School, students strive to

  • Reduce recidivism
  • Increase sustainable employment

High School Equivalency Testing and Diploma

The CCAS offers the Adult Basic Literacy Program which includes basic reading, writing and mathematics.  Other curriculum areas cover employability, life skills and consumer economics.  In the CCAS ESL Program, students learn reading, writing and communication skills for students learning English as a second language.

Students are assessed through CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System).  They earn high school credits or prepare for a high school equivalency.  Upon completion of the High School Diploma Program, students are awarded their diploma from the Contra Costa County Board of Education.  

The Contra Costa Adult School is a General Education Development (GED) and High School Equivalency Testing (HiSET) Test Center. The GED and HiSET tests are scheduled based on the needs of the students.

Career Technical Education (CTE)

All CTE classes offer instruction that includes basic employability skills obtainable in a short period of time.  Course offerings are:

  • Construction Technology (MCDF)
  • Computer Applications (WCDF & MCDF)

ROP certificates are awarded to students based on completion of identified school department staff and vocational/industry standards.  Community college credit can also be earned in the Computer Applications class.

Personal Development Programs

D.E.U.C.E.: CCAS offers a nationally recognized and state-approved substance abuse recovery educational program:

  • D. Deciding
  • E. Educating
  • U. Understanding
  • C. Counseling
  • E. Evaluating

This curriculum includes topics such as the addiction cycle, recovery process, anger management, interpersonal communication and parenting skills.

Parenting: Two classes offered through COPE (Counseling Options and Parent Education).  Students receive a Parenting Certificate that is recognized by Contra Costa County Courts and Child and Family Services:

  • The Triple P Positive Parent Program has been demonstrated to prevent and treat behavioral, emotional and developmental problems in children by enhancing the knowledge, skills and confidence of parents.  All of this is done through a strength-based and self-reflective approach that builds upon existing parenting strengths.
  • Supporting Father Involvement Program is dedicated to the development, enhancement and strengthening of services to fathers and their children through providing education, information and access to community resources to fathers actively involved in their child's life.  A growing body of research has concluded that positively engaged fathers promote their children's overall development.  

Workforce Readiness

Motivational interviewing and other evidenced-based strategies are employed in a program called Transitions, with student interactive journaling focused on cognitive behavior change topics designed to help with transition back into the community.  Students also participate in career exploration and soft skills workshops.

Reentry Transition Specialists (RTS)

The RTS meets with interested students to identify needs and to develop a transition plan to more effectively plan for successful reintegration.  The CCAS has two RTS's who collaborate with a variety of community partners to gather information about educational, employment, support services and other opportunities available for the reentry population.  These collaborations help facilitate more frequent "warm handoffs" to the appropriate individual/program/service, thereby increasing the potential for successful transition to the community.

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