Madera Adult School

2021 Senior Class

“Be Unique, Be Yourself and Follow Your Dreams with Grace and Gratitude”

GREETINGS MIGHTY MADERA Adult School Graduates of 2021! This has indeed been a year of firsts that tested our resolve as a community of the world. The Covid Pandemic managed to stop the world, and (sadly) many were lost. It brought us challenges not seen for almost a hundred years. Although the Pandemic created many difficulties and trials, you continued to push forward. You persisted through all the trials with your eye on the goal. The goal of earning your Madera Adult School Diploma! For many of you, earning a high school diploma will help you break the bonds of poverty. This is your first step to achieving your future long-term goals. 

I want each of you to take a few seconds to reflect on the experiences and challenges the pandemic created. Now, I want you to think about the lessons you will carry forward with you to help you grow as a person in a fast-changing interconnected world. Before the Covid Pandemic, many were not concerned about what happened around the world; now we are tuned into current world events knowing that an event happening in a foreign country can affect our very lives as soon as the next week!

I encourage each of you to take the lessons of determination and perseverance that we have learned and use them to propel yourselves to the next goals in your lives! 

Congratulations, Madera Adult School Phoenixes Class of 2021, on your Graduation! Many blessings to each of you on your new journey!

— David Raygoza, Principal


Andrew Lara
Lindsey Locke
Genesis Lua
Nichole Lucero
Nicole Lucero
Blanca Martinez
Heather Martinez
Manuel Martinez
Maricela Nicasio
Staysy Ochoa
Joanna Pacheco
Mershaun Pearson
Florisel Prudente
Steven Pucci
Evelyn Ramos
Michelle Reyes
Alexis Richardson
Esther Rios
Elizabeth Rivera
Anthony Rodriguez
Emilio Romero
Giovanni Rosas
Jackie Rosel
Azucena Santos
Nathan Segares
Beatriz Serrano Vargas
Jaiyden Silva
Rodolfo Valdez
Felicitas Valentin
Nallely Valenzuela
Sarah Valle
Mario Vazquez

Madera Adult School

Madera Adult School

A True Central Valley Leader Innovation in Best Practice

By David Raygoza, Principal, Madera Adult School & Frédéric Martin

Madera Adult School (MAS) located in the Madera Market Place Shopping Center, on West Cleveland Avenue, is one of the best kept secrets of Central California. One of the largest adult schools in the State Center Adult Education Consortium (SCAEC), Madera Adult School is looked upon as an innovative and progressive institution. The school’s staff works diligently to meet the individual needs of all our students. Staff members work hard to connect with our students to help them thrive in their academic endeavors. Our team understands that the positive connections we form with our students play a huge part in their success at Madera Adult School. Our staff members take pride in being innovators in the adult education field. In fact, the State Center Adult Education Consortium End-of-Year Report underscored that, last year, our school had, by far, the highest learning gains of the consortium member institutions. Third in funding and student body size behind Fresno Adult School and Clovis Adult School in the Consortium, Madera’s success rate far exceeds its larger neighbors in literacy gains and leads by an order of magnitude in gained employment and increase in wages thanks to its uniquely crafted programs. The MAS team was recently invited to an Integrated Education Training in San Jose, in late December 2018, and was quickly switched from trainees to trainers because of its innovative methods. For example, MAS has combined a computer literacy course with an ESL class so that the vocabulary learned in class could be immediately applied to the computer literacy lesson. We have also incorporated a work force recognized certificate, a unique model that intrigued the San Jose-based conference attendants so much that the Integrated Education Training group has asked MAS Principal Raygoza and Teacher, Johnathan Chandler to lead an on-line discussion to discuss the program’s unique practices. This on-line discussion will be used to empower and benefit other I.E.T. programs in the State of California. The Madera Adult School educators have conscientiously worked to build active partnerships with local organizations including the Madera Workforce Development Board of Madera County, the Department of Social Services and the Madera Community College Center (MCCC) to directly benefit our students and our community. Through these partnerships, our students have been able to attend MCCC ESL classes, located on our campus, or have their class tuition paid through Workforce assistance. Our current school enrollment is at about 1,000 students, but, as it varies throughout the year, will likely build the student body up to about 1,200 in the spring. MAS offers six programs to students and the community: Adult Basic Education, English Language Acquisition, High School Diploma, HiSet (GED), Community Education, and Career and Technical Education. Students can enroll in classes where they can earn Workforce recognized certifications in classes such as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA), Security Guard Training, and Microsoft Office Specialist; these classes provide many of our students with employment opportunities and the skills to advance in their career. One cannot overstate the critical importance of the cooperation, between the Madera Adult School and the organizations named above, as their joint efforts have significantly contributed to the overall success of our educational programs, including access to real-world employment opportunities following the successful certifications of our students, usually leading to gainful employment and, in some cases, above average wage increases for Madera Adult School certified graduates. We invite you to become an active participant at our school by volunteering or attending our many classes. Together, we will continue to make the Madera Adult School an aspiring model for adult education schools. “We believe” in providing our adult students and community stakeholders with a “Five Star Service.” Madera Adult School is located at 2037 W. Cleveland Avenue. For more information, contact us at 559-675-4425 or visit us online at [plsc_columns][plsc_column desktop=”6″ tablet=”6″ mobile=”12″][pl_section section=”image” id=”1986925329″][/plsc_column][plsc_column desktop=6″ tablet=”6″ mobile=”12″][pl_section section=”image” id=”131440568″][/plsc_column][/plsc_columns]