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HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION
 
Registration for Adult Basic Education classes is on an open-entry, space available basis, through the 7th week of the term.
 
NEW-FIRST TIME STUDENTS- will need to complete the following steps:
 
1.   Complete the online College of the Desert admission application Complete the online College of the Desert admission application Complete the online College of the Desert admission application Complete the online College of the Desert admission application by going to www.collegeofthedesert.edu and clicking “Getting Started,” and then “Complete Online Application”. 
2.   Request official transcript(s) from previous high school(s) where credits were earned using that school’s accepted method of requesting transcripts (i.e. calling, sending a letter or specific request form).
3.   Official transcripts should be sent to:
ABE Program, Admissions & Records
Cravens Student Center Building 2nd Floor
College of the Desert
43-500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, Ca. 92260

 
4.   Once transcripts are received and evaluated, prospective students will be contacted by the ABE Program Specialist to schedule an appointment with the ABE Counselor.  Students may call to make an appointment to meet with a Counselor if the application has already been completed and the transcripts have been received by the Specialist. (Please allow up to 14 business days after requesting transcripts to be sent to the ABE Office.)
5.   Students meeting with the ABE Counselor will be provided with a Student Education Plan and section number(s) for the course(s) they have been advised to register for.
6.   Student record will be activated for registration.
7.   The ABE Counselor will provide a WebAdvisor Instruction handout that includes areas on-campus where students may go for assistance (if needed).
8.   Student will register and pay online via WebAdvisor.
9.   Student must select ‘waitlist’ for a course that is filled.
10. Student will attend ABE Orientation and begin class.
11. Adds and drops will be completed by the student in WebAdvisor.
12. Students that do not attend or participate in class may be dropped by the faculty to allow for students on the waitlist to be enrolled.
 
   RETURNING STUDENTS  
1. Must reapply-complete the online admission application by going to www.collegeofthedesert.edu and clicking “Getting Started,” and then “Complete Online Application”.  Be sure to indicate that you have been enrolled before.
2. Students who have started the High School Completion Program and have a lapse in attendance of one year or more should submit official transcripts again to ABE Program Specialist.
3.  Students that want  to ascertain what classes to enroll in  should call the ABE Program Specialist to make an appointment to speak to the 
ABE Counselor at (760) 776-7348.
NOTE - High School Transcripts may not be saved when there is a lapse in attendance of one year or more. 
 
  REGISTRATION INFORMATION
When the course has reached the maximum capacity in enrollments the status changes in WebAdvisor, to full/waitlisted.  This means the only method of enrollment is via the waitlist option. 
Students must log into their @MyCod Student Portal-WebAdvisor and select from the student menu Manage My Waitlist to verify what rank/placement you are on the waitlist.  Placement on the waitlist moves as students are dropped. 
Students are responsible to monitor their placement on the waitlist.
Students are registered from the waitlist into the class when a seat becomes available.  Students may verify they have been registered into the class from the waitlist by selecting My Class Schedule in WebAdvisor.
 No Show/Non-Participation
Students that are absent or are not participating may be dropped by the faculty.
It is important that communication between instructor and student take place.
Students may be dropped for non-attendance or participation; this means the next person on the waitlist will be enrolled into the class.
Students should be aware that their seat may not be available if they are dropped.
Change of Course Level
An instructor may determine a student should be enrolled in a different level                         course.  The instructor will provide the student with the course section number.
The faculty will advise the student to drop the current course and add a different level course or just to add a different course.  It is important to be clear what the intentions are so the proper actions are taken.
The student must add the course via WebAdvisor.

Students Dropped in Error
Students dropped in error may re-enroll via WebAdvisor through the 10th week of the term.

 

Graduation Requirements
 
  • English (40 Credits)
  • U.S. History (10 Credits)
  • U.S. Government (5 Credits)
  • Math (30 Credits)
  • U.S. Econ. (5 Credits)
  • Science (20 Credits)
  • Fine Arts (10 Credits)
  • World History (10 Credits)
  • Electives (30 Credits)

Total credits required (160 Credits)
 
In addition to earning the above credits, the California adopted minimum proficiency standards must be met by passing Proficiency Exams (not to be confused with the CHSPE) in Math, Reading, and Editing (Essay). There is no cost for these tests and they may be taken an unlimited number of times until passed. They are given, by appointment, in any of our open labs.
 
*P.E. credits are not required nor will they be counted in your evaluation of previous transcripts.
 
*Some elective credits may be awarded if you have:
 
  1. A valid Driver's License (if no credits were received from Driver's Ed.)
  2. Work Experience (proof required)


How Long Does It Take?
It depends on how many credits you start with and how much time and effort you put into it. The average student earns about 15 credits per subject per semester.

 
Where are the classes?
Palm Desert classes are held on the top floor of the Hilb Student Center building. Indio classes are currently held at Easter Valley Center on Palm Desert classes are held on the top floor of the Hilb Student Center building. Indio classes are currently held at our new Eastern Valley Center on Oasis Street.
 
Identification Requirement
You will need a current identification with a picture on it at the time of registration.
 
Cost
The only cost is a mandatory health fee of $20.00 per semester for the spring and fall semesters and $17.00 for summer session (when offered). If a student wishes to park on Palm Desert campus they must pay $20.00 per semester for a parking sticker. Books are provided free to use in the classroom. If you wish to purchase your own the instructor can provide you with information to purchase books.
 
Registration
Call the Adult Basic Education office at (760) 776-7348 to schedule an appointment for registering for classes in Palm Desert.  You must bring your official high school transcripts or have them sent to us prior to meeting with the 8 to schedule an appointment for registering for classes in Palm Desert.  You must bring your official high school transcripts or have them sent to us prior to meeting with the High School Counselor.  Minimum attendance required in the high school completion courses is 6 hours per week.
 
Graduation
When an individual completes all of the requirements for graduation, they should obtain and complete an Intent to Graduate form and turn it into the Adult Basic Education office. At that time, all records will be reviewed to determine whether everything has been completed and, if so, about three weeks later, the When an individual completes all of the requirements for graduation, they should obtain and complete an Intent to Graduate form and turn it into the Adult Basic Education office. At that time, all records will be reviewed to determine whether everything has been completed and, if so, about three weeks later, the Transcripts may be issued and the diploma shortly following.