The goal for the majority of the students attending the AEC GED program is to to achieve a high school diploma. We have many students who first need to learn English. Once they have gained competence in English, they then enter our GED program. Our school also appeals to students who just want to take classes to enhance their professional skills and work on career objectives.
Class Time - Schedules
After the student takes the TABE test, the student needs to report to the Guidance department and pick up his or her schedule on the stated day. Day classes meet Monday through Friday. Session I goes from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM. Session II goes from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM. The evening session meets from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Monday – Thursday.
Individuals who wish to earn a GED may take preparation classes. They must come to the Center with a valid government, issued, picture ID and register in the Guidance office for the TABE test. TABE test results are important and will determine class placement. Teachers use contemporary materials, methods, and services to provide for each student's needs and learning styles. People who feel capable of passing the GED without preparation can go to the following websites for information: https://www.palmbeachschools.org/ace/ or www.GED.com
Returning to School
We have many students who have returned to the classroom after being out of school for many years. We have had GED graduates from all walks of life getting their diplomas at advanced ages with the oldest graduate being 91 years old. There are many challenges for the returning student especially those students who are currently working and need to find time to study. Our faculty is highly aware of those challenges and is extremely sensitive to the different needs of their students.
Starting the Process
To register for GED-ABE or Credit Lab classes, first go to the Main office with your (any) official government photo ID and pay your tuition. After you pay your tuition you will then need to go to the Registration office to schedule your TABE test.
The TABE Test
The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is used for student placement and is completed on the computer. The results are an assessment of the student's strengths and weaknesses which the teacher uses for academic planning. Once you register for the TABE Test, there is usually a 2-3 day wait period to take the test. You need to allow 2-3 hours for the testing process which includes an orientation.
Starting Class at the AEC
The Adult Education Center has open enrollment so students can start anytime during the term. There are some exceptions. Classes start approximately 7 days after the completion of the TABE test. The students are given their starting date the day of their test.
Student Photo IDs
Photo identification cards are taken everyday in the Media Center. Students must wear their IDs at all times.