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Youth HS (AC²T)

What is AC²T and how does it work?

AC²T (Accelerated College and Career Transition) is an independent study program that provides students with a unique opportunity to earn a high school diploma. Students are assigned courses and coursework based on transcript evaluation and demonstrated competencies. Students are responsible for meeting with teachers and completing the required course work. Students complete the majority of their coursework independently and have access to the AC²T study centers when they need assistance. Work is submitted as scheduled by the teacher. Students must make adequate academic progress to remain in the program.

Is AC²T right for me?

    Yes/ No

 ☐ I am 16 - 24 years old.

 ☐ I am out of school or behind in credits.

 ☐ I can work independently on schoolwork and complete a minimum of 20 hours of schoolwork a week.

 ☐ I can be responsible for attending meetings with my teacher and turning in my work on time.

 ☐ I can motivate myself to read and complete my work even when other things compete for my attention.

 ☐ I am committed to graduating.

 ☐ I want more options for my future.

If you answered YES to all questions, AC²T might be right for you.

Whether you are low on credits or a few credits short, AC²T can be your pathway to graduation and a high school diploma!

Turn the dream of walking down the aisle with a cap and gown into a reality. Many students thought it was too late for them, but after orientation, they realized graduation was within their reach.


  • AC²T study centers operate on a client-centered basis with individualized educational and career technical training plans.
  • The AC²T program offers a competency and standards-based curriculum and courses that meet the A-G requirements.
  • The mode of instruction in AC²T is independent study. Independent study is a voluntary alternative to regular classroom instruction and is consistent with the school district’s curriculum and course of study.
  • Independent study provides flexible scheduling which allows students to acquire employability skills, or to seek or maintain employment, or care for children or family members while earning a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Teachers are responsible for assuring that competencies in the independent study course work are mastered and that the highest level of educational quality is maintained.
  • Students must meet all district and state requirements for graduation.
  • Short-term career training is also available to all AC²T students.
  • AC²T students successfully transition to college, the military, and employment.

AC²T is a dropout recovery program administered by the Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE) of LAUSD. AC²T students are 16-24 year-olds who are deficient in credits or who have dropped out of high school. AC²T provides these students with educational opportunities leading to a high school diploma or equivalency and career technical education training program.

We have three options available for all students. Options one and two will result in the student earning a high school diploma. Option three will result in the student earning a high school equivalency certificate from the state of California.

OPTION 1 – Students must have 170 credits (34 specific courses)

  • 40 credits - English
  • 20 credits - Mathematics
  • 25 credits – Science
  • 30 credits - Social Studies
  • 10 credits – Fine Arts/ Foreign Language/Career Tech Education
  • 5 credits - Personal and Career Development Elective
  • 5 credits - Any Computer Literacy Course
  • 35 credits – General Electives


OPTION 2 – High School Equivalency Test* (HiSET) plus 50 credits

  • English 4 (or higher level)
  • Expository Composition
  • One year of Algebra or higher
  • Health
  • US History 1 & 2
  • US Government
  • Personal Career and Development Elective
  • Any Computer Literacy course
  • Take and pass the high school equivalency test (HiSET)


OPTION 3 – High School Equivalency Test

  • Take and pass all five sections of the high school equivalency test (HiSET). You will receive a high school equivalency certificate from the state of California.
*Students must:
  • be at least 17 years old (Conditions may apply)
  • behind in credits
  • 60 days removed from their home school & their senior year has begun in order to qualify to take the HiSET
  • 18-year-olds can test without any conditions.

Options 1 and 2 will result in the student earning a high school diploma. A motivated student can complete option 2 in a year or less. Upon completion of any of the three options, the student may then enroll in community college, job training, or join the military. The student may also seek gainful employment.


Enrollment in the AC²T program is completed at individual study centers. Students interested in the program should contact the study center closest to them for specific details about testing and orientation meetings. Enrollment is taken throughout the year. However, students are enrolled based on available space. The program operates on a year-round schedule.

ELAOC has the following AC²T locations:


ELAOC – Advisor: Oscar Rodriguez, [email protected]

2100 Marengo St. Los Angeles, CA 90033

(323) 276-7055

Monday – Friday / 8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.


ELASC – Advisor: Mac Velazquez, [email protected]

3921 Selig Place, Los Angeles, CA 90031

(323) 224- 5990

Monday – Friday / 8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.


Eastside Learning Center – Advisor: Stephen Ferguson, [email protected]

4355 Michigan Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90022

(323) 729- 1817

Monday – Friday / 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Franklin HS – Advisor: Stephen Ferguson, [email protected]

820 N. Avenue 54, Bldg. 29, Los Angeles, CA 90042

(323) 982- 6804

Monday – Friday / 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


  • You must be 16 - 24 years old
  • You must work independently
  • You must complete a minimum of 20 hours of school work per week
  • You must attend meetings with the teacher
  • You must turn in your work on time
  • You must be self-motivated to read and complete your assigned work
  • You must be committed to graduate

What do people say about AC²T?

“I was a 10th grader with no credits and no motivation to be in school. AC²T gave me the incentive to work hard. Now, I am a college student, working part-time at two law offices and attending an internship at Pepperdine University. Thanks to AC²T and its staff, I’m on the road to a successful future.”  - Monica, student

“There is more communication between teachers and students in AC²T. I feel that they really care about me.”  - Byron, student

“When I first came to AC²T, I was suspicious and had a horrible attitude. AC²T has taught me to trust others and myself. The teachers are always there to support me and remind me about the importance of graduating.”  - Ruben, student

“Studying here has made me realize that I can be a successful person, and I can do anything that I want.”  - Natalia, student

“AC²T is giving me another chance to become a better person. Right now my life is going well. Now, I’m going to school and I have a job. I’m really thankful for ACCT.”  - Joel, student

“The AC²T program gave my child the motivation and personal attention he needed to be successful in school!”  - Mr. Brown, parent