Polk Education Pathways

General Educational Development (GED®)

General Educational Development (GED®) classes prepare adults to take the GED® test. This course of study is designed to prepare students for the four subject areas of the GED® test: Reasoning through Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematical Reasoning. This program is monitored to ensure student progression.

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.

Entrance Requirements:

• 16 years of age or older*
• Take the TABE Test
Additional requirements

Enrollment Procedures:

• Come to the main campus in Auburndale or Lakeland; bring photo I.D. & Social Security card
• Complete required registration paperwork & make a reservation for the TABE placement assessment ($20 cash/M.O.)
• Score NRS Level 5 or higher on D or A level TABE test; pay class tuition ($30 cash/M.O. for each term)

*Waiver program available to 16 & 17 year old students. This special program is available to qualifying students on our main campuses. Students must attend day classes regularly and abide by Polk County Schools’ 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.


West Area Adult School offers a free preschool program on their main campus. The Pre-School and Family Literacy Program is eligible to the children (ages 3-5) of adult students enrolled full-time.

 Resources.


Request Special Accommodations*
High School Equivalency Diploma
FAQs
Register Online for the GED® or call 1-877-EXAM-GED
PBS Literacy

*The GED®  Testing Program has long provided accommodations to candidates with disabilities and is committed to compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In an effort to make GED®  Tests accessible to all applicants, accommodations are made for candidates with diagnosed physical, mental, sensory, or learning disabilities who can provide appropriate documentation from a qualified professional of their impairment and its effect on their ability to take the GED®  Tests under standard conditions.

Off-Site Classes:

City Location Address Time Hours Apply
Bartow Bartow High School 1270 Broadway Avenue, Portable 99-727 Tuesday / Thursday  6:00 PM – 9:00 PM 499-2835
Haines City Oakland Neighborhood Center 915 Avenue E Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM 965-5475
Lake Wales Lake Wales High School 1 Highlander Way, GED Portable Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM 965-5475
Lake Wales Janie Howard Wilson Elementary 306 Florida Avenu Monday & Thursday 5:00 – 8:00 PM 965-5475
Lakeland First Baptist Church 1010 Memorial Boulevard Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 11:15 AM 499-2835
Winter Haven Polk State College 999 Avenue H Northeast, WSC Rm 135 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM 965-5475
Winter Haven Ridge Technical College 7700 State Road 544, Room TBA Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM 965-5475
Winter Haven Ridge Technical College 7700 State Road 544, Room TBA Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM  965-5475

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes prepare students for entry into the GED®  program. This course of study provides student instruction in reading, math and language skills. Students may take these classes to move into GED®  preparation class or to improve skills before entering college or vocational training.

Registration Times:


East Area:

• Registration: Tuesday & Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. OR 2:00 p.m., OR Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.


West Area:

•From Monday through Thursdays after the 7:30 am TABE Testing session

•Tuesday afternoons after the 4:00 pm TABE testing session

 

Off-Site Classes:

City Location Address Time Hours Apply
Bartow Bartow High School 1270 Broadway Avenue, Portable 99-727 Tuesday / Thursday  6:00 PM – 9:00 PM 499-2835
Haines City Oakland Neighborhood Center 915 Avenue E Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM 965-5475
Lake Wales Lake Wales High School 1 Highlander Way Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM 965-5475
Lake Wales Janie Howard Wilson Elementary 306 Florida Avenue Monday & Thursday 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM 965-5475
Lakeland First Baptist Church 1010 Memorial Boulevard Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 11:15 AM 499-2835
Winter Haven Polk State College 999 Avenue H Northeast, WSC bldg, Rm 135 Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM 965-5475
Winter Haven Ridge Technical College 7700 State Road 544, Portable 171 Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM 965-5475
Winter Haven Ridge Technical College 7700 State Road 544, Portable 171 Tuesday, Wedesday, & Thursday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM 965-5475