Frequently Asked Questions ~ On-Site High School Diploma Program

1. Is there an attendance and academic progress requirement?
On-site and off-site diploma students are highly encouraged to attend the enrolled High School Lab a minimum of six to ten hours per week. Effective the fall 2015 term, all diploma students are required to earn a minimum of five (5) credits every 72 hours of attendance in their enrolled High School Lab. Contact a High School Lab instructor for more information.

2. What if I am a “Returning Student,” meaning I have been in the SCE diploma program before?
If you are a returning student this would mean that you completed an Orientation/Assessment and met with a counselor and your transcripts were evaluated. You then entered the High School Lab and actually began your studies – you may have completed some credits. Returning students should visit or contact the High School lab they previously attended to see if that lab is currently accepting returning students. Returning students who have ‘stopped out’ for one year or longer should also contact the Counseling Office at their campus to meet with a counselor and update their Educational Plan.

3. How long will it take me to finish my High School Diploma at SCE?
This depends entirely on you. Ask yourself how many credits did you complete at your last high school – what do you have left to complete? How well did you do before in high school – what do you think your abilities are now and will you need tutoring support? How much time can you commit to your studies – how many hours per week can you attend the High School Lab? All of these factors will impact how quickly you can complete your diploma. You can discuss this further after you attend our orientation and during your first meeting with an SCE counselor. The SCE High School Diploma Program requires adult students, 18 years of age and older, to complete a total of 160 credits and 20 of these must be “in residence.”

4. What is the residency or in residence requirement?
The state of California requires community college adult diploma programs in California to require students to complete a total of 20 credits of their needed credits ‘in residence’ or actually sitting in our diploma labs. We cannot award a diploma unless students meet this ‘residency’ requirement. It is possible that you do not need additional credits to meet our subject requirement, but you will still need to complete 20 credits in residence to earn a diploma from the SCE.

5. How do I park at your campus for appointment setting or the orientation?
For your Appointment Setting and Orientation days you must purchase a $2 one-day parking permit each day from the yellow parking lot machines to park on campus. On the day of your orientation, purchase a permit before attending orientation. Plan to BE ON TIME to your Orientation. Late comers will NOT be admitted to their scheduled orientation.

6. Can I re-schedule my orientation appointment if I have an emergency or am unable to attend?
Telephone 714.808.4683 for orientation information. You may also email or

7. Once I start my studies at one SCE high school lab, how easy is it to transfer to another SCE High School Lab?
Generally, the SCE campus/center where you complete the online orientation is the High School Lab where you will attend and complete your studies. Before you begin your studies, please determine which location—Anaheim, Cypress, or Wilshire (Fullerton)— best suits your needs. Transfer requests are reviewed and approved by the manager of the Basic Skills and High School Diploma Program only for special circumstances such as a student residing closer to another campus. The manager will only consider and approve transfer requests for a valid reason; however, the manager has the right to deny transfer requests if a lab(s) is impacted, there have been more than one transfer, a student has been removed and/or suspended due to lack of focus/progress and/or behavioral challenges, etc.


High School Diploma Program General Hours and Location


On-site High School Labs and Learning Centers will reopen on September 14, 2015

Anaheim High School Lab
1830 West Romneya Drive, Room #139
Anaheim, California 92801

Lab #1 Room #139 (714) 808-4582

Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Monday - Thursday 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Cypress High School Lab
9200 Valley View, Room #205
Cypress, California 90630
(714) 484-7438
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Monday - Thursday 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Wilshire (Fullerton) High School Lab
315 East Wilshire, Room #117
Fullerton, California 90630
(714) 992-9539
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Monday - Thursday 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


On-Site High School Diploma Faculty and Staff

Anaheim High School Lab (714) 808-4582
Matt Stivers, Full-time Faculty

Michelle Lopez, Adjunct Faculty

Marjaneh (Margie) Abab, Adjunct Faculty

Joan Lopez, Instructional Assistant

Robin San Roman, Instructional Aide

Miryam Guerra, Instructional Aide

Juan Cardiel, Adjunct Faculty

Tanya Gomez, Instructional Assistant

Anita Sanchez, Instructional Aide

Cypress High School Lab (714) 484-7438

Dr. Daniel (Dan) Stackhouse, Full-time Faculty

Peter Heimes, Adjunct Faculty

Angela Diaz, Instructional Assistant

Ernesto Heredia, Instructional Aide

Carrie Ruffalo, Adjunct Faculty

Marla (Mary) Mallacove, Instructional Assistant

Wilshire High School Lab (714) 992-9539
Janet Cagley, Full-time Tenure Track Faculty

Juan Cardiel, Adjunct Faculty

Enrico Del Zotto, Instructional Assistant

Renee Flores, Instructional Aide

Manjit Grewall, Adjunct Faculty

Orlando Amaya Selles, Instructional Assistant

Kathy Zerba, Instructional Aide




Transfer requests are generally not considered. However, if a diploma student has a valid reason for the transfer request, s/he may contact the program manager’s office at 714.484.7041 for consideration.


Students are expected to attend their enrolled lab regularly with a recommendation of at least six to ten hours per week. Students are also required to earn a minimum of five (5) credits every 72 hours of attendance in their enrolled High School Lab.


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