Principal's Message
Clearwater Adult Education Center is one of five Adult Education Centers that service Pinellas County residents. We provide educational services for over 5,000 students per year. We offer ABE/GED classes for those students aged 16 and up, to prepare to take the Official State of Florida General Education Diploma (GED). We also have classes for those students who are foreign language speakers and want to learn or improve their English. We have regular high school credit classes that allow adults to complete the requirements for a regular high school diploma or provide co-enrolled classes for students still in high school who need to replace a missed credit.
At Clearwater Adult Education Center, we also try to meet the needs of the community by offering community courses such as First Aid, CPR, Child Care certifications, and Citizenship class for those wanting to prepare to become US citizens.
We provide a family atmosphere where no matter if you are 16 or 90 years old, you are welcome. Our staff of professional educators are dedicated to meeting the needs of the students and to provide the best learning environment for each learner.
We are here to provide educational services to the community, if you don't see what you need, please give us a call (727) 469-4190 or email me directly at richardsch@pcsb.org and we will do what we can to help!!

Christy Richards, administrator
Clearwater Adult Education Center
Our Mission Statement
To provide an educational process which gives students the information and skills needed to develop a foundation for life that enables and challenges them to successfully transition into a global multicultural and technologically advanced society.
Getting started at CAEC

Is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3


  1. Choose the location that is best for you.
  2. Come in and take a placement test.
  3. Start classes


We have day and evening programs at several convenient location for:

  • ABE/GED
  • ESOL
  • Adult High School
  • High School Credit Recovery
  • Community Classes:
    • Child Care
    • CPR
Look at our Programs and Locations pages for more information.



Ask about Countywide Graduation for GED Graduates!
Once you complete your GED or Adult High School program at CAEC, you can walk the stage and get your diploma at the Pinellas County graduation ceremony in August.


Career Pathways

At Clearwater Adult Education Center, we help you identify the career clusters that most match your interests and provide you with information to help you transition from our adult classes to the next step, whether that be additional training, a vocational program, or college courses. Once you enroll in one of our programs, you will sit one on one with a teacher to complete a career assessment using a website called CHOICES in order to help you make decisions about your future. Your path to a better future doesn't end at CAEC: it starts here!


Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Statement

The School Board of Pinellas County, Florida, prohibits any and all forms of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, age, sexual orientation or disability in any of its programs, services or activities.