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GED - General Educational Development
Do you need a diploma?
We offer classes to help you pass the GED!
Candidates who successfully pass the GED exams are issued a State of Florida High School Diploma through the Florida Department of Education. With it you can go on to career or vocational education, college, join the armed services, and obtain employment.
Take our classes to advance your education and
increase your earning potential!
GED Class InformationOur General Educational Development classes serve adults ages 18 and older (and 16-17 year olds eligible for an age waiver) who wish to take the GED exams.
- Students may enroll at regular intervals during the school year.
- Our classes are designed to help students master the skills and knowledge necessary to pass the GED exam.
- Our students receive individualized instruction tailored to their needs.
- GED computer lessons are included in the curriculum.
- All our teachers hold valid teaching certificates.
- Classes are offered both days and evenings at our main campus site as well as other conveniently located sites throughout our service area.
- 18 years of age or older
- Score 9.0 or higher on D or A level TABE TEST
- Have reliable transportation or be able to take the city bus
*16-17 year old WAIVER ProgramThis special program is available to qualifying 16 and 17-year-old students on our main campus and our Bartow site during daytime class hours. Students must attend day classes regularly and abide by Polk County School Board Code of Conduct to stay eligible. Once a student completes all of the course requirements and passes the program exit exams, they will be issued an age waiver which will allow them to take the GED exams before turning 18 years of age.
GED ScholarshipsClick here for more information about a scholarship to help pay for tuition and test fees.
First step to enrollment at West Area Adult School ...Take the TABE test at West Area Adult School. Click here to find out all about the TABE test, fee, dates and times it is offered.
Next step...All students must attend Orientation. Click here to go to "How to Enroll" page for New Student Orientation dates and times.
West Area's off-campus GED class locations include:
- Bartow Adult School
- First Baptist Church at the Mall
- Mulberry High School
- Polk State College
- Sleepy Hill Middle School
You can take the official GED®Tests at West Area Adult School
The GED is available in either English, Spanish or French. A request to take the exam in Spanish or French must be made at the time of registration. To register for the exams, go to www.ged.com and create your personalized account.