GED Option Guidelines

GED Option Guidelines

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GED Options – WHS Evening Program

The GED Options Program is designed for older students for whom a WHS day or evening adult diploma is not appropriate primarily because of a lack of earned credits. The goal is to prepare students to pass all 5 of the subject tests and receive a General Education Development (GED) certificate from the State of New Hampshire. A GED certificate may be used to gain admission to most 2 year colleges. This is one way for students who are 16 years old or older to move on to further education as they aim to advance their careers. 

Students must commit to 15 hours of instruction per week. Classes are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for 3 ½ hours each night. In addition to instruction in English, Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies, students are exposed to a variety of career, educational and community college opportunities. 

Students involved in the GED Options Program will remain enrolled at Winnacunnet High School. Testing fees for GED Options are paid for by the WHS Evening program. Students should plan to commit at least a minimum of 14 weeks (2 quarters) to prepare for the GED test. 

Students should obtain an application for the GED Options Program from the evening program office or from their guidance counselor. Once the application has been completed and returned to the evening program office, the student will be scheduled for a BASI assessment.  If they do not score high enough on the BASI, they may be eligible to attend evening classes in reading, writing, math, science and social studies.

Once a student has been determined to be eligible for the GED Options Program, he/she must arrange a meeting with the Director of the Evening Program to determine the most appropriate educational placement. The student is then assigned a start date and a plan of action. Admission is rolling and a student can enter the program at any time during the school year.

Attendance Policy: Students must attend all sessions and are allowed a maximum of three absences per quarter. If a student exceeds three absences, a parent meeting is required to determine whether the student will be allowed to continue attending the GED Options Program or will be referred back to the day program. If a student is under 18 years of age and has an Alternative Learning Plan (ALP), noncompliance with program policies will result in a review of the ALP and possible return to the day program. 

Once a student has attended for a minimum of 2 quarters and it is determined that he/she ready for testing, an Official GED Practice Test will be administered. A score of 450 or higher on each subtest is required to be eligible to register for the GED test. A student must then register for testing at the Exeter or Dover Adult Education offices. 

Eligibility requirements for program include:

Must be between 16-20 years of age

Must have an 8th grade reading level

BASI assessment scores indicate student is appropriate for program

Must be at least one grade level behind in credits needed for graduation

Must obtain a driver’s license, passport, or state-issued ID card before starting the program.