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Basic Information:

  • The California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) is a testing program that allows students to earn a high school diploma equivalent through testing.
  • The CHSPE is made up of an English Language Arts and Mathematics section.
  • If students pass both sections, then students can request a Certificate of Proficiency from the California State Board of Education.
  • Students can take the CHSPE and choose to stay in high school.
    • Students who pass the CHSPE, but stay enrolled in high school will need to work towards meeting high school graduation requirements.
    • However, if students wish to stop attending high school, then students must have a Certificate of Proficiency and parent/guardian permission (if student is a minor). Please follow the High School Exit Steps (listed below) if your student wishes to exit high school using the CHSPE.
  • For more information, please visit the CHSPE website.


  • To take the CHSPE, students must meet one of the following criteria:
    • At least 16 years old, OR
    • Have been enrolled in 10th grade for one academic year, OR
    • Will complete one academic year in the 10th grade at the end of the semester during the next test administration

High School Exit Steps:

If your student is interested in exiting out of high school early, then please make sure to follow the steps below.

  1. Student registers for the CHSPE.
  2. Student passes the CHSPE.
  3. Student sends a copy of the Certificate of Proficiency to their High School Counselor.
  4. High School Counselor verifies CHSPE scores.
  5. High School Counselor completes the CHSPE affidavit and sends the copy to the Home School Teacher and family.
  6. Family returns the signed CHSPE affidavit to the High School Counselor.
  7. High School Counselor returns the completed affidavit to the Home School Teacher and family with a High School Counselor signature.
  8. High School Counselor uploads a copy of the certificate and affidavit to the Notes section in School Pathways.
  9. Home School Teacher completes the withdrawal process.

Sample Certificate of Proficiency: