General Educational Development (GED) Programs

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General Educational Development Programs - Is your teen struggling to make it through a traditional high school program? Is your teen obligated to work during the day and unable to attend school during regular hours? Is your teen a single parent struggling to finish school while pregnant or raising a child with little help? If so, you are not alone. Each year, many families turn to the General Educational Development (GED) Program to help their teens earn an equivalency diploma.

Parents and young adults choose GED programs for many reasons:

  • Economic reasons. Some students must hold daytime jobs to support their families.
  • Psychological and behavioral issues. Some students do not tolerate traditional instructional programs in high schools. They find success in the smaller GED programs with mature participants, flexible schedules, and increased individual attention.
  • Unplanned pregnancy. It is unfortunate, but many school environments are not supportive and are ill-equipped to meet the unique needs of teens with unplanned pregnancies. Some students find the GED program philosophy to be more supportive and flexible to meet their needs.
  • Learning disabilities. While the majority of students with learning disabilities can learn effectively in a typical high school, others prefer the GED programs because of the flexible pace of instruction, typically smaller classrooms with fewer students per teacher, and a strong support system with multimedia instruction.

    Many GED programs offer:

    • Classes during the day or evening;
    • Smaller classes;
    • Extensive multimedia resources through cooperation with public broadcasting and online resources
    • Counseling; and
    • Supportive learning environment with other students who understand and appreciate others' struggles.

    Want to learn more?

    Find information on your state's GED Resources. Local GED program representatives can answer your questions and help you decide if the program is right for you.

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