Educational Options

  • The Educational Options campus is home to Santa Clara Adult Education, Family-Child Education, and Wilson High School.

    Santa Clara Adult Education

    Santa Clara Adult Education (SCAE) offers a variety of programs to meet community needs. For more information, or to register for a course, please visit the SCAE website.

    Adult Basic Education (ABE) and High School Equivalency (HSE) Program

    Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency (HiSET and GED) offer computer-based and individualized instruction in basic skills, including math, writing, and reading as well as HiSet and GED preparation. Official HiSet testing is also available. Contact: Transition Specialist Sajeemas Pasakdee — or (408) 423-3547.

    Career and Technical Education (CTE)

    Career and Technical Education offers a variety of day, evening, and weekend training programs including administrative assistant, administrative professional, and medical assistant. Fashion merchandising is available as well as courses in python and scrum fundamentals. Early childhood education, ESL for childcare, food service, and ESL food service classes are available through a collaboration with Mission College. Contact: Program Supervisor Tina Dave — or (408) 423-3523

    English As A Second language (ESL)

    English as a Second Language (ESL) offers English classes available from beginning literacy through advanced levels. Placement testing is required. Specialized ESL classes are also available. Contact: or (408) 423-3500.

    Enrichment classes

    Enrichment classes offer a wide variety of fee-based classes in areas such as cooking, dancing, gardening, fencing, money management, photography, sewing, knitting, crocheting and quilting, visual arts, woodworking, and world languages. Classes are offered during the day, evening, or on weekends. Contact: Program Supervisor Rachael Peterson — or (408) 423-3525.

    Exercise and Wellness 

    Exercise and Wellness classes include dance, exercise, fencing, personal growth, soccer, swimming lessons, volleyball, water exercise and yoga. Classes are offered during the day, evening or on weekends. Contact: Exercise and Wellness Coordinator Nada Meck —

    High School Diploma (HSD)

    The Adult High School School Diploma Program offers independent study instruction and support in academic subjects. Classes follow district and state learning standards. Students who complete requirements receive their high school diploma. Contact: Counselor Katie Bennett — or (408) 423-3633.

    Independence Network

    Independence Network offers classes for adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities. Enrichment, skills-building, and community classes are offered. Students can choose to attend full-time or part-time. New students should be referred through the San Andreas Regional Center. Contact: Program Coordinator Daya Sánchez — or (408) 423-3674.

    Skills Plus Program

    The Skills Plus Program serves adults who suffer from neurological impairments like stroke and Parkinson's disease. Education and training are offered in skills like walking, speaking, and other independent living skills. Classes are taught by licensed and credentialed speech, physical and occupational therapists. Contact: (408) 423-3500

    Wilson Preschool and Parent Education

    Wilson Preschool is a parent participation and parent education preschool. Parents actively participate in the classroom one day each week. Parents learn ways to nurture their children's social-emotional, physical, intellectual, and creative development. Children can learn through hands-on experiences and active play. Classes are offered for children ages one to four. Contact: Program Coordinator Daya Sánchez — or (408) 423-3674.

    Online training

    Online Training offers online courses in a wide range of areas including Windows 2000 certification, sign language, web design, technical writing, and paralegal terminology. Contact: Program Supervisor Tina Dave — or (408) 423-3523.

    Support Programs and Services

    CalWorks Program

    An onsite CalWorks rep supports low-income students who need training and work experience. Services include assistance with transportation, child care, and counseling to assist students in achieving success. Contact: Gil Seegmiller — or (408) 780-8492.

    Transition Specialist

    An onsite transition specialist (TS) supports students that want to enroll in ABE/HSE, CTE, and ESL. The TS assists meets with students individually and can assist with program orientation, enrollment, placement testing, community college registration, and other support services. Contact: Transition Specialist Sajeemas Pasakdee — or (408) 423-3547.

    Adults with Disabilities (AWD) Specialist

    An Adults with Disabilities Specialist/School Psychologist is available to support the needs of students in the ABE/HSE, ESL, and HSD Programs. The specialist meets individually with students to assist with learning challenges and testing accommodations, as well as other educational support services. Contact: AWD Specialist Will Williams —

    Wilson High School

    Wilson High School is a needs-based school that serves approximately 500 students throughout the school year. The mode of instructional delivery is independent study. The student population represents the highly academic, the "at-risk" and the pregnant or parenting teen. Wilson has been in existence for 29 years. Contact: Principal Pam Galano — or (408) 423-3600



  • Carrie Casto
    Principal, Adult Education 
    (408) 423-3501

    Pam Galano 
    Principal of Wilson High School
    (408) 423-3600

    1840 Benton Street
    Santa Clara, CA 95050 

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