About Us

Welcome to National City Adult School!  We are a part of the Sweetwater Union High School District Adult Education Division.  The District is located in the southern portion of San Diego County, stretching to the Mexican border.  The communities of the area are close to a number of significant recreational and cultural venues that are located throughout the county and adjacent areas.  The total population of the District is approximately half a million residents.  Although the current economic climate has had a negative effect on population growth, it is expected that there will be over 600,000 residents within twenty years.

The District has 32 schools, in grades 7-12, with over 42,000 students and is the largest secondary school district in the state.  The cities of Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Otay Mesa, San Ysidro and South San Diego are served by the District.

The Adult Education Division of the Sweetwater Union High School District has been in existence for seventy-eight years and ranks as the 4th largest adult school in the State of California, with a posted Average Daily Attendance (ADA) CAP of 6,452 in 2008 school year.  The Division annually provides adult learning opportunities to over 35,000 students at four primary school sites, Chula Vista Adult School, Montgomery Adult School, National City Adult School, and San Ysidro Adult School.

National City Adult School, orginally known as Sweetwater Evening High School, opened in 1933 on the northeast corner of the Sweetwater High School campus.  In the late 1990’s Assistant Superintendent of Adult and Continuting Education, Jerry R. Rindone, created an innovative three-way partnership between the Sweetwater Union High School District, the City of National City and the Metropolitan Transit Development Board.  They collaborated to build the National City Adult Education Center.

The National City Redevelopment Agency provided $3.4 million of the cost, with the remaining $2.5 million coming from the District’s adult education fund.  MTDB provided the land to the District through a 55 year lease at $1 year.  Located adjacent to the 24th Street Trolley Station, a major transit hub, National City Adult School‘s campus location provides students with convenient bus and trolley access.


The mission of the Division of Adult Education, a community focused organization that promotes and facilitates life long learning, is to educate adults to meet the challenges of the 21st century through instruction in:

  • Language Acquisition and Literacy
  • Basic and Secondary Academic Skills
  • Career Technical Education
  • Citizenship Preparation
  • Health and Safety
  • Parent and Family Education
  • Programs for Older Adults
  • Life Enriching Skills
  • 100% of our students will meet their personal learning goals.
  • All students will be more involved in their children’s education and the community.


I.  We will develop a consistent, systematic curriculum in all program areas to achieve the mission and objectives.

II.  We will ensure program responsiveness and relevance to meet the needs of our students.

III. We will improve internal and external communication.

IV. We will resolve the role of the adult program as a support system for the secondary school programs’ mission and objectives.