Educational Options

  • Santa Clara Adult Education (SCAE) is located on the Wilson Educational Options campus. SCAE shares the campus with Wilson High School, Post-Secondary, Family Child Education, and Student Services including the SCUSD Enrollment Center and the Family Resouce Center (FRC).

    Santa Clara Adult Education

    For more information, or to register for a course, please visit the Adult Education website or call 408-423-3500. 

    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. 

    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. 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. 

    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. 

    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. 

    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. 

    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. 

    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. 

    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. 

    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 Contact: Melinda Webster, or 408-423-3545

    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 —




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

    Christine Berdiansky
    Program Administrator
    Erin Brown 
    Program Administrator

    1840 Benton Street
    Santa Clara, CA 95050 

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