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Program info

Many of the credit courses on this page may also be taken for elective credit.

Also, some career classes offered at Simi Institute can be taken for elective or practical art credit. Please contact our counseling department for more information.

diploma faqs

How much do high school diploma classes cost?

  • Classes are FREE!

How do I know which classes I need to take?

  • Please bring in your transcript(s) for a counselor to review.

How do I achieve a high school diploma?

There are three ways to earn a diploma at Simi Institute:

  1. Take all required classes to complete a diploma (classes needed are determined through a credit check by our counselors).
  2. Perform a combination of taking classes and passing all four of the subject-specific GED tests to complete a diploma. Passing the GED supersedes the need to take certain classes and meets diploma credits.
  3. Pass all four of the subject-specific GED tests and receive a high school equivalency diploma. The GED test is one of three nationally accredited high school certificates available. It is accepted by 98% of all colleges and universities, and by the majority of employers.

Where can I take the GED test?

  • You can take the exam on campus at our Pearson VUE Testing Center. For more information about how to register, please see our Testing Site page.

High School Diploma

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Adult Students 18 years and older:

Our high school diploma program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. We offer students a flexible schedule conducive to successful completion of their high school diploma. Students may apply credits earned from other accredited high schools or colleges. It is recommended that prospective students bring in their high school transcripts for our counselors to review in determining classes needed to complete their high school diploma. Students may enter the program at any time.  

Spring 2023

Dates: January 11 - June 1, 2023

Days: Monday - Thursday

Time: M/W: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm; T/Th: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Room: 404

Prerequisites: None

Spring 2023 Registration

Register today for the next available seat.

Counseling office

Room 402

Registration Hours

Mon - Fri: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Counselor Hours

Counselors are available to review transcripts during the following hours:

Mon - Fri: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Yvonne Persico

805.579.6200 ext. 1616

High School Diploma Program Courses

All classes are 5 credits unless indicated otherwise.


English Elective/Writing Skills Refresher*

English Elective/Language Arts*

English Elective/Introduction to Literature*

Literature/English 9A

Literature/English 9B

Literature/English 10A

Literature/English 10B

Literature/English 11A

Literature/English 11B

Literature/English 12A

Literature/English 12B


Fine Arts

Fine Arts/Exploring Visual Art

Fine Arts/The Art of Floriculture

Fine Arts/The History of Art

Fine Arts/Humanities


Health Science




Math Elective/Math Proficiency Skills**

Math for Life/Life Skills Math

Consumer Math/Senior Consumer Math

Pre-Algebra A (5-10 credits)

Pre-Algebra B (5-10 credits)

Business Math

Math for Home Management/Personal Finance





Practical Arts

Computer Keyboarding***

Computer Applications***

Driver’s Ed (No concurrent enrollment)

Family Living

Parent Ed/Child Development

Parent Ed/Parenting



Biological Sciences

  • Biology 1A
  • Biology 1B

Physical Sciences 

  • Earth Science A
  • Earth Science B
  • Physical Science
  • Chemistry/ Basic Concepts
  • Chemistry of Foods I
  • Chemistry of Foods II


Social Studies


U. S. History I

U. S. History II

U. S. Government

World History I

World History II



Non-credit courses

Test Prep



* Elective only credit for credit recovery students.

** Not permitted for credit recovery math credit.

*** This class is held in the computer center.