General Information

Mission Statement and ESLR’s:
The Downey Adult School Career and Education Center, an institution of higher education, provides high-quality, relevant, and accessible programs for adults in a variety of areas, including English as a Second Language (ESL), High School Diploma (HSD), General Education Development (GED), and Career Technical Education (CTE), resulting in personal enrichment and/or gainful employment.

Expected Schoolwide Learning Results
Students will demonstrate the skills of critical thinking by:

  • acquiring fundamental skills specific to their individual program area.
  • exhibiting active problem solving skills
  • analyzing and applying new information to real life situations

Students will demonstrate the ability to continue in lifelong learning by:

  • seeking continual growth through self-direction, motivation, and discipline.
  • developing confidence in their ability to succeed
  • achieving personal and professional goals that benefit family and community

Students will communicate effectively as citizens, workers, consumers, parents, and family members by:

  • articulating ideas clearly in verbal and written form
  • using listening and reading skills to acquire needed information
  • utilizing appropriate technology to communicate

Students will be productive, contributing community members by:

  • accessing community and government resources
  • working cooperatively
  • participating in community and civic activities

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. In order for an adult school class to qualify for state funding, attendance at the first class meeting is imperative. State funded classes must have a minimum of 21 students enrolled in order for the class to be held.  Regular attendance is also important. State funded classes which average below 18 may be discontinued. Being prompt and attending the entire session will enable you to receive full credit for the course. Please use sign-in sheets when you arrive and leave. Any student who has more than three consecutive absences may be dropped. High school diploma students must attend a minimum of 85% of the scheduled class hours in order to be eligible for credit in a class.

Tobacco-Free Workplace:
The Downey Unified School District Policy prohibits smoking on all district campuses and in district vehicles. Students and employees are not allowed to smoke on school grounds, parking lots, or in parked vehicles.

Sexual Harassment:
Sexual harassment of or by any employee or of or by any student shall not be allowed. Sexual harassment is prohibited by the Downey Unified School District and may result in disciplinary action to the offending employee or student.

Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone under any of the conditions delineated in Ed Code 212.5.

An individual or group feeling subjected to sexual harassment should directly inform the offending person/persons that such conduct must stop. Any conduct of a sexual nature following such notice may be determined to be sexual harassment.

The District will take appropriate action to protect the reporting individual or group from retaliation or other forms of harassment.

Certificates of Accomplishment:
Students who successfully complete a course and who have attended 85% or more of the total class sessions are eligible for a Certificate of Accomplishment. Ask your instructor for details regarding the necessary form which must be completed to receive a certificate.

District Policy:
This school district adheres to a policy of nondiscrimination regarding race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, sex, physical handicap, medical condition, or age, and complies with the requirements of Title IX in its employment practices and education programs.
Uniform Complaint Procedure (Procedimiento Para Demandas):

Complaints alleging unlawful discrimination or failure to comply with state or federal law in adult basic education, consolidated aid programs, vocational education, child care and development programs, child nutrition programs and special education programs should be made to the Adult School Principal (562)940-6200. Local civil law remedies, such as local legal assistance agencies and private legal counsel are also available and listed in the phone book under Legal Services.

Demandas por discriminación o falta de cumplimiento de la ley estatal o federal en educación básica de adultos, programas de ayuda, educación vocacional, cuidado, desarrollo y nutrición de niños, o programas de educación especial, deberán ser dirigidas al Director de la Escuela de Adultos (562)940-6200.

DAS Strategic Plan, 2016-2019

We are pleased to present our Strategic Plan for 2016-2019. The plan has been developed to guide and inspire the continuing growth and excellent performance of Downey Adult School in providing high quality services to adults in the City of Downey and surrounding areas.

You can see the report by CLICKING HERE.