There are approximately 340 adult education programs in California. For the 2021-22 school year, adult education programs operated by the Sonora Union High School District and the Calaveras County Office of Education (CCOE) ranked in the top five in the entire state of California. Combined, these alma mater programs gave Laude a 40% share of the state’s elite adult education graduation rate.
Since the 2018-2019 school year, adult education programs across the state have faced serious challenges. The number of students enrolling and generally obtaining diplomas or certificates decreases. However, adult education programs in Calaveras and Sonora have stood out. Both programs are included in the “Top 5 Institutions for Earning a Diploma, GED, or High School Equivalency,” according to LaunchBoard, a statewide data system for accountability and improving adult education.