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Phone:206.934.4180
Room:BE3122

GED® / EDP
Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes are for adults who are already proficient in the English language, but wish to improve their basic reading, writing, and math skills. Reading and writing are integrated to give students the foundation for effective communication.

Reading instruction emphasizes comprehension, vocabulary development, critical thinking, and study skills.

Writing skills include the review and application of language and grammar rules, correct usage and spelling, writing sentences and paragraphs. Students learn to use writing as a mode of personal expression, as a valuable learning tool, and as a necessary skill when getting a job, earning a living, or pursuing further education.

Math instruction includes skills development in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percent, and introduction to algebra and geometry.

All new students must attend a one credit orientation. More information will be given at the office. We will have options in the morning and evening. Call 206.934.4180 with questions. Come sign up for Summer Quarter 2014 on, or after, June 3, 2014 in Room 3122.


Need to improve your skills before you apply?

We have classes which are designed for the high school graduate who needs to brush up on reading, writing, and math skills before applying to a community or technical college. Skills emphasized will help students prepare for any placement test such as the COMPASS.


Courses Available Most Quarters

Math:

  • GED® Math (mornings and evenings)
  • COMPASS preparation Math (mornings and evenings)
  • Level 2,3,4 Math (mornings and evenings)

Communications (Reading and Writing)

  • Level 2,3,4 Communications (mornings)
  • GED® Communications (mornings and evenings)
  • COMPASS Communications (mornings and evenings)

General Educational Development (GED®)

The GED® is changing to a new format in January 2014. If you have not passed all five of the GED® tests by the end of December 2013, you will need to start over with the new series. GED® 2014 (the new series) tests will be taken on the computer and there will be four tests: Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts. More GED® Details

For more details on testing, go to the testing page.


New Students

We will be accepting new students for Summer Quarter 2014 starting on June 3, 2014. Come to Room BE3122 on, or after, June 3rd to sign–up and make sure to bring a picture ID and $25 for tuition. Call 206.934.4180 with questions.

The orientations for new students will be held in during the break, before the next quarter begins. We will have options in the morning and evening.

Students must be 16 years old or older to take GED® classes at Seattle Central. If you are under 19 years old and haven't graduated from high school, you will have to get a release form from the school district.

This course is designed to help students who are preparing to take the GED® test. The course provides the student with a general review of the four subject areas covered by the GED® test: Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts.

Students may get additional assistance in the math, writing or computer lab. Both morning and evening classes are available for GED® Preparation. The total tuition fee for each quarter is $25. This does not include the fee for to take GED® practice or official tests.


Courses Available*

GED® Math

  • Mornings: 9:00–10:20 a.m. Monday–Friday
  • Evenings: 6:00–8:20 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

COMPASS Preparation Math

  • Mornings: 9:00–10:20 a.m. Monday–Friday
  • Evenings: 6:00–8:20 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Level 2,3,4 Math

  • Mornings: 8:00–8:50 a.m. Monday–Friday
  • Evenings: 6:00–8:20 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

GED® Communications

  • Mornings: 10:00–11:50 a.m. Monday–Friday
  • Evenings: 6:00–8:20 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

COMPASS Communications

  • Mornings: 10:00–11:50 a.m. Monday–Friday
  • Evenings: 6:00–8:20 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

Level 2,3,4 Communications

  • Mornings: 10:30–12:20 a.m. Monday–Friday
  • Evenings: 6:00–8:20 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

Class schedule may change. Please check with the Basic & Transitional Studies Office for current information.


External Diploma Program (EDP)

The External Diploma Program is a unique high school diploma program for adults who have acquired high school level skills through life experience. Over 6,000 adults nationwide have earned high school diplomas through the External Diploma Program.

EDP offers an individualized and flexible program schedule for adults who usually have work and family commitments. The average length of the program is six months.

EDP is an assessment and diploma awarding program. Therefore, no "class–time" is involved. Adults successfully demonstrate high school level abilities in a series of assessment tasks completed at home and in private EDP office visits.


Who is eligible for EDP?

The External Diploma Program is designed for mature, self–directed adults without a GED® or high school diploma. Adults must be at least 21 years old to enter the program.

Most of the adults enrolled in the EDP already have strong basic skills and significant work or homemaking experiences.


How to enter the External Degree Program

Please visit nedp.org for additional information. To enter the program, call the Basic & Transitional Studies Division at 206.934.4181.

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