Come Back Kids

(209) 313-2374

Come Back Kids (CBK) is a free, mostly online educational program that is offered through the SJCOE’s County Operated Schools and Programs Division that can help anyone 18 years and older earn their high school diploma. CBK is an independent study program that allows individuals the opportunity to complete the necessary coursework to obtain a high school diploma through flexible, individualized schedules. This program will help adults who have wanted to advance in their jobs or education, but have found that not having a high school diploma has held them back.

There are four program locations: Lodi, Stockton, Lathrop and Tracy.

How to Enroll:

What to Expect:

  • • At least one weekly appointment with a teacher.
  • • Online coursework with program issued Chromebooks to complete online coursework.
  • • WiFi availability in all classrooms.

Individualized Graduation Plan:

Upon entering the program, students will bring their transcript to be reviewed by a counselor. Credits previously earned will be applied toward the graduation requirements for Come Back Kids. Students will complete only one (5 credit) course at a time.

Graduation Requirements:

To obtain a high school diploma students must complete 135 academic credits (including transferred credits):

English 40
Math 20
Social Studies 30
Science 20
Visual Performing Arts 10
Workforce Development 10
Community Service (75 hours)* 5

*Community service hours can include time worked at a current job, job shadowing, or apprenticeship.


  1. Will there be support to help students find a job?
  2. Yes. Students will receive training in interview techniques, resume building, and portfolios through WorkStartYES or San Joaquin County WorkNet.

    WorkStartYES provides education and employment services to youth ages 16-24 in San Joaquin County. More information about WorkStartYES can be found at

    Students 25 years and older can receive support from employment services from San Joaquin County WorkNet. More information about WorkNet can be found at

  3. How long will it take to graduate?
  4. Students will be placed on individual graduation plans with no specified deadline to complete required coursework. Once a student completes a 5-credit course, they will move on to complete the next 5-credit course, until all credit requirements have been met.

  5. What if I cannot meet with my teacher?
  6. If a student cannot meet with your teacher on the scheduled meeting day and time, they must contact the teacher to reschedule. If more than two scheduled meetings with the teacher are missed and there is no attempt to reschedule, the student will be dropped from the program.

  7. What if I need extra help?
  8. The classrooms will be open during the week for students to meet with their teacher beyond the required one-hour scheduled time. To utilize office hours, please contact your instructor. Students are encouraged to use the classrooms at their own time to complete the coursework. WiFi is available.

For more information or to apply, please call (209) 313-2374.