Ascensus Foundation

Welcome to the
ACC Educational Foundation & HSE Academy
Education that Elevates

27 Million Adults ages 18+ do not have a high school diploma or GED!1

At the HSE Academy, we provide learning that elevates the lives of non-high school graduates and enriches the communities we serve. We do so by offering you a high quality High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation and testing program.  Our program is 100% FREE to our students, including the costs to take the Hi-Set exam (approximately $350).

We know education is vital for success. Yet about 1 in 5 of us living in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties lacks a high school diploma or GED. In Orange County, it’s 1 in 6.2 But here's the hard fact, a GED or high school equivalency certificate is vital for success. It could help you find better job opportunities, pursue college and more.

That's where ACCEF's HSE Academy comes in. Through our HSE Academy and scholarship support, we offer you a second chance to help prepare you for the job market or higher education opportunities. Let us help you get to the next level in life.



Through our HSE Academy, we offer a top-notch high school equivalency test preparation program designed to help you do your best on the HSE exam. The HSE Hi-Set exam is recognized by the State of California as an equivalent to a high school diploma.

We provide live class instruction and teacher-led discussions in a safe, comfortable classroom environment at multiple locations around Southern California. We also offer one-on-one tutoring, workshops, online resources, practice tests, and computers for self-paced learning - all at NO COST to the student, including testing fees!

Over the years, we have helped thousands of people obtain their High School Equivalency. We can help you succeed, too.



Celebrating Her New Path in Life

Student Spotlight

For Andrea, earning her high school equivalency through our HSE Academy has transformed her life for the better.

Learn about her story!


Serving Our Community Members and Its Customers

Donor Spotlight

Continental Vending is continuing its legacy of community service through a generous gift to the Ascensus Foundation that supports annual student scholarships.

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