Joint Diploma Program
The Joint Diploma's conception was back in 1996 when a teacher was trying to push students to reach for something higher.
College credit courses may be taken in lieu of high school courses. A 2-unit college course is equivalent to 2 semesters of high school credit. Passing scores of 450+ on GED subtests may be used to waive credits in English, Math, Science and World History.
Progress & Grade Policy
Progress in each academic course will be measured by letter grades A, B, C, D and F (unsatisfactory). Unsatisfactory progress for 30 hours of instruction in any class will result in a teacher-counselor conference to discuss the reason(s) for lack of progress and ways to improve performance. An "F" grade in more than half the subjects taken will result in a counseling review of educational goals.
Regular attendance will be expected in all classes in accordance with the approved class schedule. The school (teacher or staff) must be notified of the reason for any absence. If the school is not notified after three consecutive absences, students may be automatically dropped from classes. To re-enter class, a conference with the counselor may be required. It is important to be in every class on time and to keep up with class work.
Requirements for a student to consider the JDP as an Option
• The student must have passed both portions of the CAHSEE
• The student must be at least 17 years old
• The student needs to take a college class that will appear on the college transcript
To Receive a Joint High School Diploma
To receive a joint high school diploma from the San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) program in cooperation with the San Diego Unified School District Adult Education under Option 2, students must earn a minimum of 24 credits or the equivalent. Credit may be given for previous education.
1 Credit: American Literature
5 Credits: English
6 Credits: Social Studies (World History 1-2, U.S. History 1-2, U.S. Government, Economics)
4 Credits: Mathematics, including Algebra 1 & 2, or Equivalent
4 Credits: Science, including Biology 1 & 2
2 Credits: Practical Arts (some work experience may be used)
2 Credits: Visual or Performing Arts or Foreign Language or combination
Competency in Computer Literacy
A Minimum GPA of 2.0
Passing Scores on the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) in English and Math
Students who are 18 years old and who were not enrolled in the previous semester in the San Diego Unified School District or who are 19 years 11 months or older should contact one of the San Diego Continuing Education Campuses - SD Continuing Education.
Students who are between the age of 18 years and 19 years, 11 months and who were enrolled the previous semester in San Diego Unified School District should contact one of the many High School Diploma Program locations - High School Diploma Program. There is a High School Diploma Program location at Garfield High School.