(For Stratford Residents Only)
ADULT BASIC EDUCATION (ABE) Basic Skills:
English/Reading and Math
This program is designed for adults who want to learn basic reading, writing, and math skills. They will improve their academic/life skills and prepare to enter a high school completion program such as GED test Preparation classes or the Credit Diploma Program.
GED PREPARATION CLASSES
This program prepares students to pass the 4-part exam to earn a State of Connecticut diploma. Students receive necessary instruction in each subject area and can take practice GED tests with their instructors.
Evening programs are held at Stratford High School Monday - Thursday evenings.
Daytime classes will be held at Sterling House on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
They are FREE and for Stratford residents only.
Date of Birth (from Driver License, State of CT Identification Card, Passport or Official Birth Certificate) and proof of Stratford Residency must be provided upon registration. 17 and 18 year old applicants must have officially withdrawn from day school. Childcare is not available.
The GED test is a four-part examination including the following sections:
- Literature and Arts Reasoning through Language Art
- Social Studies
- 17 years of age and older
- Officially withdrawn from school
- 17 & 18 year old applicants must document they have officially withdrawn from school for at lest 6 months prior to registering for the GED Test or the class in which they entered (or would have entered) 9th grade has already graduated.
- 19 and over - no restrictions
- Picture ID is required
How do I start?
Students must start their application online (www.ged.com), and then go to the official registration center for completion. Be sure to bring a photo ID. An applicant 21 years of age or older and a non-veteran must pay a of $13.00 to take the test. The fee includes the cost of the diploma. Only veterans and applicants under the age of 21 are exempt from the fee. (Veterans must have served at least 181 days of active duty at the time of registration.) The fee is non-refundable and must be paid at the time of registration. It should be paid in the form of a money order or certified check made payable to Stratford Continuing Education.
GED TEST ACCOMMODATIONS: Accommodations on the GED test are available for qualified individuals with a disability. For more information, contact Sabrina Mancini, Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Career and Adult Education at 860-807-2110/2111.
Students who would like a copy of their transcript must submit a transcript request form to:
Connecticut Department of Education
Bureau of Career and Adult Education
25 Industrial Park Road
Middletown, CT 06457
Lisa Davis was already pondering her career options and personal goals when she found the Stratford Continuing Education announcement in the "Stratford Community Calendar". Although Lisa is a very able individual, she realized that the lack of a high school diploma would suppress her further educational progress and her prospects for career advancement. our program provided her with an educational opportunity which would fit well with her lifestyle, and provide a catalyst to help launch her toward success. Lisa was a welcomed member of the GED (General Education Development) Program at Stratford Continuing Education. She began pursuing her high school diploma beginning in the fall 2015 semester, attending our daytime program at Sterling House.
For most of her life, Lisa had been home-schooled and spent very little time in public or private education systems. There was some time in Fairfield's K-5 school as well as some time spent in Sylvan learning Centers many years ago. After a high school orientation, an unfamiliar setting for her, Lisa decided to return to homeschooling. Homeschooling is a great way to learn, as Lisa has shown from her impressive abilities; however, obtaining an official high school diploma would prove difficult. Lisa was not one to retreat when confronted by obstacles and embraced the challenge and explored her options. With the encouragement and support of family and friends, Lisa set out to close this chapter of her primary education.
In just two short semesters, fall of 2015 and spring of 2016, Lisa has proudly accomplished her goal. In April of 2016, she passed all four sections of the GED test which included Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. With impressive scores on the Practice GED Tests administered in early April, continuous classroom achievement, and at the urging of Continuing Education staff, Lisa proved her readiness by passing the GED test with inspiring scores, just in time to participate in our May 2016 graduation ceremonies. With options still open, Lisa will continue on to college. Learning has become a passion and she would like to build upon what she has already learned.
Lisa has generously given her thanks and appreciation to the staff of Continuing Education and especially to her teacher who extended her time, knowledge, kindness, and patience, and helped Lisa succeed. She extends a special recognition to her family who has been a constant source of praise and inspiration. To all others, especially those having similar needs and goals, she says, "Furthering your education will enhance your life and mindset. if any aspect seems daunting, just breathe and take it one step, one mini-goal at a time."
The staff of Stratford Continuing Education wishes Lisa Davis much success in life as she realizes and embraces the richness and rewards attainable through education. With her bolstered confidence, boundless curiosity, and a passion for learning, she will undoubtedly realize her career inspirations.