Bakersfield Adult School

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Adults who are ready to open the door to their future come to the Bakersfield Adult School (BAS). Whether to learn English, the history and culture of the United States, strengthen their employability skills, or complete high school, adult students return to school because they know education is the key to success. Our doors first opened in 1917, and since then, well over 500,000 adult students have “walked through our doors” into their future.

The Mission of Bakersfield Adult School is to enrich the lives of our students by providing opportunities for achieving personal and professional success.


We have a diverse student population and serve adults with a variety of educational needs. In 2018-2019 BAS served 12, 656 students. In 2018-2019, 264 Adult Students completed their High School Diploma and 648 Adult Students earned a GED at Bakersfield Adult School.

Classes are offered at the main campus, 501 South Mount Vernon Avenue, at our F Street campus, 2727 F Street, or at one of 21 community sites in the greater Bakersfield area.

Bakersfield Adult School has served our community since 1917. Today, BAS serves nearly 30,000 students that attend both day and evening classes at over 20 locations. BAS is the 8th largest adult school in California, providing classes for:

  • 3,196 Students are ESL/ELD/EL Civics - "teaching the English language, U.S. history, and culture, as well as, community awareness and involvement!"
  • 1,400 Vocational Students:
    - Vocational Nurse
    - Health Career Worker
    - Home Health Aide
    - Nurse Assistant
    - Medical Assistant
    - Medical Billing and Coding
    - Business Certification
    - Computer Certification

BAS provides cost-effective workforce development for students and the community.


  • 2,885 students in GED/ /High School Diploma/ Independent Study - "We teach the communication and interpersonal skills that are necessary for students to reach their full potential!"
  • 1,181 students in Adult Basic Education
  • 11,900 Adults in Corrections at Lerdo - "Improving the quality of life through education!"

Bakersfield Adult School is committed to providing quality education and career skills to adults in Kern County.


Open the doors to Bakersfield Adult School...and be one more success story!