South Bay Adult School (SBAS) is celebrating an important milestone in 2018, 100 years as a successful and growing place to learn in the South Bay. Originally established in 1918 to meet the adult education needs in the community, programs were held in community centers or rented facilities throughout the South Bay.
In 1938, Redondo Evening High School was approved by the South Bay Union High School as an adult school. During the war years, the school was open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offered war production training classes which included ship fitting, aircraft riveting and welding, blueprint reading and elementary drafting. By the late 1940’s, classes shifted to from labor-intensive to general interest. Classes included: art, business, general education, homemaking, arts and crafts, physical education, music, and industrial arts were popular courses in the community.
In 1956, the Redondo Evening High School became South Bay Adult School. Close to 100 classes were offered at Aviation High, Mira Costa, and the Redondo campuses. Parent education, art, sewing, and shorthand were among the classes offered to students. During this time, World War II veterans showed great interest in the high school diploma program. In fact, over 120 students graduated from SBAS in 1959. English as Second Language classes were also being offered through SBAS.
Our programs have adapted through the years to meet the changing community needs. Our South Bay Family Tree (SBFT) Parent Education program has been part of the South Bay for over sixty years. SBFT annually provides lasting learning experiences for families in a safe and fun learning environment. Classroom activities are designed to enhance hands-on fun exploration and learning. SBAS is also home to the Edison Preschool. In partnership with the Quality Start Los Angeles (QSLA) the Edison Preschool received a perfect score on the Quality Rating Improvement System review.
Through the Adult Education Block grant (AEBG) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), we offer English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) classes These Adult Education instructional programs ensure that adults have the education and skills required in a competitive economy for a better quality of life (CDE, 2016).
At SBAS, we are very thankful for the role we play in the community by helping adult students reach their academic goals. We are also committed to providing the best educational experience to all of our students. Our staff is incorporating College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRSs), English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPSs) for adult learners, and 21st Century learning skills in their daily instruction. We continue to expand our focus on helping students transition successfully to career or post-secondary education. We have built many strong partnerships with El Camino College, the local One-Stop Centers, and other members of our Consortium in an effort to provide better support and transition services to our students, who are looking to move forward on one of these pathways.
Anthony Taranto, Ed.D.
South Bay Adult School