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Mission Statement

The Mission of Downey Adult School Career and Education Center is to provide high-quality, relevant, and industry-specific programs that are accessible to adults in a variety of areas, including Career Technical Education (CTE), High School Diploma (HSD), General Education Development (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Community Education (CE), resulting in gainful employment and/or personal enrichment and growth.

Schoolwide Learning Outcomes – SLO’s

All students will meet the learner outcomes and standards of the specific program in which they are enrolled.

Schoolwide Learner Outcomes (SLOs)

Critical Thinkers. Students will demonstrate the skills of Critical Thinking by:

  • acquiring and exhibiting active problem-solving skills;
  • analyzing and applying new information to real-life situations.

Lifelong Learners. Students will demonstrate Lifelong Learning by:

  • continual growth through self-direction, motivation, and discipline;
  • developing confidence by achieving personal and professional goals that benefit family and community.

Effective Communicators. Students will Communicate Effectively by:

  • acquiring and articulating ideas clearly in verbal and written form;
  • utilizing appropriate technology to acquire and communicate needed information.

Productive Citizens. Students will be productive citizens and Contributing Community Members by:

  • accessing community and government resources;
  • working and participating cooperatively in the 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 Student Grievance Procedure

Downey Adult School is committed to the equitable treatment of all students, especially regarding their personal and professional concerns.

The purpose of this grievance procedure is to provide a means by which a grievance may be resolved in an equitable manner and in an atmosphere of courtesy and cooperation.

A grievance is defined as a complaint/dissatisfaction occurring when a student believes that a decision, an act, or an omission by a Downey Adult School employee is illegal, arbitrary, or creates unnecessary hardship upon the affected student. Such grievances may address, but are not limited to the following: academics, mistreatment, wrongful assessment of fees, registration errors, or records errors. Grievances alleging unlawful discrimination or failure to comply with state or federal law in adult basic education, consolidated aid programs, vocational education, childcare and development programs, child nutrition programs, and special education programs, should be made by following the steps outlined below.

The formal grievance process will begin after the issue has been discussed with the affected student and DAS employee(s), and an attempt at a resolution has been made, but the student’s concern was not resolved at an informal level.

Grievances will be processed in accordance with the following steps:

  1. Student to submit a written statement to current instructor, the program’s Department Chairperson, and the Assistant Principal of Downey Adult School. Written statement will provide a description of the concern, include name(s) of individual(s) against whom the grievance is being made, and a description of the student’s desired resolution. Upon receipt, written statements will be addressed, and student will be contacted, via email, within ten (10) calendar days.
  2. If the student feels that the grievance continues to be unresolved, the student may request an in-person meeting with any/all named individual(s) and the Assistant Principal. All contents within the written statement, and meeting notes/comments, will be placed in the student’s permanent file as a record of the proceedings.
  3. If non-resolution of the grievance continues, the student may request an in-person review by the Principal of Downey Adult School. All meeting notes/comments will be placed in the student’s permanent file as a record of the proceedings.
  4. If the grievance continues without resolution, the student may request an appointment with the Deputy Superintendent of Downey Unified School District. All meeting notes/comments will be placed in the student’s permanent file as a record of the proceedings.
  5. After exhausting all above outlined steps, and the student feels that the grievance remains unresolved, the student may contact Downey Adult School’s Accrediting Agency, Council on Occupational Education and submit the written statement, along with all proceeding notes/comments to:

Council on Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350

DAS Strategic Plan, 2022 to 2026

We are pleased to present our Strategic Plan for 2022-2026. 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 the surrounding areas.

You can see the report by CLICKING HERE.

DAS Written Plans

The following plans have been developed to:
-Guide Downey Adult School in providing a consistently productive learning environment
-Establish routine procedures
-Keep faculty, staff, and students safe
-Create standards of expectations and accountability
All Written Plans are annually reviewed by faculty and staff.

Rates for Completion and Placement and Licensure

Summary of Program Data for
Downey Adult Career and Education Center

Students Graduating July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022
Reported March 2023

COE Minimum Benchmarks:60%70%70%
Career Technical Education (CTE) ProgramsDAS
Completion Rate
Placement Rate
Licensure Rate
Advance Private Security Academy** 
CNA + Certified Nursing Assistant100%100% 
CNA + Phlebotomy86%100% 
Clinical Medical Assistant94%70% 
Court Reporting60%100% 
Court Reporting Voice Writer**** 
Dental Assistant93%100% 
Emergency Medical Technician100%71% 
Home Health Aide**** 
Home Health Aide Advanced**** 
Massage Therapy84%88% 
Medical Assistant and Phlebotomy86%75% 
Medical Biller Coder90%92% 
Pharmacy Technician74%85% 
Phlebotomy Technician100%100% 
Vocational Nursing98%75% 

*program did not have student enrollment during the reporting period
**program has been recently approved by COE during the reporting period and did not have student enrollment prior to the end of the reporting period

As mandated by Downey Adult School Career and Education Center’s accreditation agency, the Council on Occupational Education, the Job Placement rate is calculated as follows: The numerator consists of all graduates within the specified time period that got training-related jobs. The denominator consists of all graduates within the specified time period. Excluded from this calculation were graduates unavailable for employment because of pregnancy and other serious health-related issues, caring for ill family members, or death; and graduates who refused employment or enrolled in a program strictly for personal use.

The Council on Occupational Education 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350,
Telephone: 770-396-3898 / FAX: 770-396-3790,

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