How do I register for classes?

If you are still in high school, you must meet with your school counselor to be referred to the Optional Education Programs.

If you are not currently enrolled in high school, call 309-755-3300 for registration information.

If I decide to enroll in the GED program, will I be able to go to college?

GED graduates are eligible to enroll in college classes. While GED graduates with high GED and college entrance scores may go directly to a four-year institution, many begin college at a community college like Black Hawk College. A college-bound GED student should strive to earn scores that are higher than the minimum passing score. The student should also consider enrolling in keyboarding and introductory computer classes. Typing and computer skills will make the transition to college much easier.

If I decide to enroll in the GED program, what classes will I take?

GED students prepare to demonstrate that they have the same skills as the average high school graduate in five fields: Literature and the Arts, Writing Skills, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics. Students are tested when they enroll to help determine what areas need attention. Instructors then work with students to design a program that meets individual needs.

Is Optional Education a faster way to earn credit?

Students have the potential to earn credit more quickly in their home schools. Students who complete a full schedule of classes at the home school have the potential to earn 7 credits per year. Optional Education has a shorter day (4 or 5 hours), so students can only expect to complete 4 to 5 credits during an academic year. Some students earn less due to poor attendance or productivity

How do students earn credit?

Cooperating schools require students to attend a class for a specified number of hours per .5 credit. While in attendance, students must complete the required assigned work at a passing level. Each class completed is worth one-half credit. Credit cannot be earned unless both attendance and work requirements are met.