DCSD Adult Education Program

DCSD adult education program logoThe Adult Education Program provides a valuable purpose of inspiring adults to be lifelong learners, empowering adults to achieve their educational goals, and celebrating their accomplishments as they excel personally and professionally.

The GED test is a series of four subject tests a person can take to demonstrate their high school academic knowledge. Earning a GED diploma from your state is the equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma, so some students choose to take this certification exam if they were not able to complete a traditional high school program.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program assists in mastering the English language and paves the way for our international students to make the most of their educational opportunities. This program is tailored to meet the needs of ESL speakers of varying levels.

Classes are offered during the hours from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There is also an online distance learning option for students who test at an advanced level. Students are required to participate in a minimum of six instructional contact hours per week.

Classes are held at four locations within DeKalb County:

To register for classes, please click on the following link:

Upcoming Events

Event Date/Time/Location Registration Link

Orientation & Intake Sessions

Flyer: English | Spanish

Monday, September 18th
Session 1 | 10:00 AM
Session 2 | 5:00 PM
AIC Auditorium
1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Orientation & Intake Sessions

Flyer: English | Spanish

Thursday, October 5th
Saturday, October 7th
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Goodwill Career Center
2201 Lawrenceville Hwy
Decatur, GA 30033

Earn your high school equivalency diploma for FREE. The HOPE High School Equivalency Examination Grant is now available to qualified individuals in Georgia, covering the cost of their GED test.

To apply, please visit www.HSEtest4Free.com!

  1. Orientation Presentation & Student Online Registration
  2. TABE Pre-Tests
  3. Interview – Test Data | Goals
  4. Enroll in Classes
  5. Sign-in upon Class Entry
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, adults who acquire a GED earn $8,451 more per year than adults who never completed high school.
  • Projected over an expected work life of 40 years, this difference totals approximately $340,000 for each GED graduate.
  • Having a High School Equivalency opens up options for employment that are not available for non-graduates.
  • The HSE diploma is accepted at most technical schools and colleges.

GED Test

Four sections:

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

*Each GED Content Area Exam costs $40.
*The passing score for each exam is 145 or higher.
*There are additional requirements for 16 & 17 years-old students that include obtaining permission from the state to take the exam.

HiSET Exam

Five sections:

  • Language Arts – Reading
  • Language Arts – Writing
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

*Each HiSET Subject Area Test costs $26.75.*Score at least 8 out of 20 on each of the five subtests. Score at least 2 out of 6 on the essay.
*Achieve a total combined score on all five HiSET subtests of at least 45 out of 100.
*Take all subject-area tests in a uniform language (English or Spanish).
*There are additional requirements for 16 & 17 years-old students that include obtaining permission from the state to take the exam.

The HSE classes include the “reading, writing, thinking, and problem-solving skills needed for success in post-secondary educational programs and the world of work.” (Kaplan, 2019)

All classes are FREE!

Books, digital devices, and additional class materials are also provided.


  • Classes are FREE!
  • Books are FREE!

You pay with your COMMITMENT to your learning and progress.

  • Studying
  • Attending to class
  • Completing assignments
  • Participating

Career Services

  • Resume Writing
  • Interview Skills
  • Job Etiquette

Post-secondary Supports

  • Financial Aid Workshops
  • Application(s)

Employment Opportunities

  • Job-related Training
  • Job Fairs

Family Literacy Activities

For more Adult Education Program information, feel free to contact: