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 4 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.

If you are 18 or older, refer to ged.com for more information.

Entrance Requirements:

• 16 years of age or older*
• Take the Placement Test (CASAS GOALS)
Additional requirements

Enrollment Procedures:

• Come to the main campus at Ridge Technical College in Winter Haven, or Traviss Technical College in Lakeland; bring photo I.D. & Social Security card
• Complete required registration paperwork & make a reservation for the placement test ($20)

• Pay class tuition ($30 cash/Check/Credit/Debit/M.O. for each term)

*Age Waiver program available to 16 & 17 year old students. This special program is available to qualifying students attending on our main campuses or full-time online. Students must attend 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.


Request Special Accommodations*
High School Equivalency Diploma
Register Online for the GED® subject area tests at ged.com, 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
Auburndale R.E.A.L. Academy 300 E. Bridgers Ave. Monday-Friday

Tuesday & Thursday

8:00 AM – 2:30 PM

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

863-419-3060, Ext. 800
Lake Wales McLaughlin Middle School Class is in a Portable located at the corner of E. Grove and 3rd St. South Monday-Friday 8:00AM – 1:00 PM 863-419-3060, Ext. 800
Winter Haven Ridge Technical College 7700 State Road 544 (Lucerne Park Rd.) Monday-Friday

Tuesday & Thursday

8:00 AM – 2:30

PM6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

863-419-3060, Ext. 800

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 at Ridge Technical College:

• Registration: Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday  5:30-7:30 p.m.

West Area:

• Registration: Complete the enrollment packet, then make an appointment for the placement test. The test is offered by appointment on our main campus. Appointment times are for you, so if you need to reschedule, please call 863-419-3060, Ext. 800 or Ext. 802.


Off-Site Classes:

City Location Address Time Hours Apply
Lake Wales McLaughlin Middle Class is in a portable at the corner of 3rd St. South and E. Grove Avenue (Do NOT go into the midde school) Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM 863-419-3060, or call 863-419-3060, Ext. 802 and ask for Ms. Brooksie Smith
Winter Haven Polk State College 999 Avenue H Northeast, WSC bldg, Rm 135 Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM 863-419-3060
Winter Haven Ridge Technical College 7700 State Road 54 (Lucerne Park Rd.) Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM 863-419-3060
Winter Haven Ridge Technical College 7700 State Road 544 (Lucerne Park Rd.) Tuesday, Wedesday, & Thursday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM 863-419-3060