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Earning Your Delaware High School Diploma!

Residents of Delaware who have not completed high school may pursue state programs to earn their diploma or seek state assistance in preparing for the General Educational Development exam, which provides a high school equivalency certification.

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Earning a High School Diploma in Delaware

Residents of Delaware who have not completed high school and who are at least 16 years old may earn a high school diploma through an Adult High School program online, at a school, or in a correctional institution.

Residents, or those employed in the state, also have the option of pursuing their General Educational Development (GED) credential with preparation at 14 different Adult Basic Education centers, four correctional institutions, and six testing centers in the state. The GED program in Delaware is operated by the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE). The program requires applicants to be state residents, at least 18 years of age and not enrolled (or mandated by law to be enrolled) in any secondary school program. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must obtain a waiver to take the GED exam, verify your residency, age and withdrawal from school, and provide a transcript.

Program Requirements

Adult High School Program

Delaware's adult high school program is designed to help individuals complete the 24 units of credit necessary to obtain a Delaware high school diploma. The subjects covered in this program are English, Math, Social Studies, Science, Career Pathways, Health and electives. Students also have the option of earning credits toward the diploma from activities such as employment or training experience, technical or military courses, and community service. The length of time to complete the courses required will depend upon high school course work and units of credit already granted.

General Education Development Certification

The GED test consists of four subjects: reasoning through mathematical reasoning, reasoning through language arts, science and social studies. Students will need to score at least 145 each section, with an overall total score of 580 to pass the GED. The test may be taken all at once or over the course of several testing sessions. Practice tests can help prepare you for the GED, but they are not mandatory.

Registration

Adult High School Program

The adult high school program requires individuals to contact the location nearest to them to schedule an appointment for a placement test and orientation. A listing of locations can be found at the James H. Groves Adult High School program on the Delaware Department of Education website. Prospective students must bring a completed application for admittance, a copy of transcripts from the last school attended and a letter of reference. It is also suggested they set aside enough time to meet with a program counselor during their initial appointment.

General Educational Development Certification

Delaware residents may find adult education center locations to prepare for the exam and testing center locations through the DDOE's website. Applicants are not required to take a GED practice test to assess readiness for the actual exam, although it is recommended. This test provides test takers and staff with an idea of the subjects that need additional preparation.

Why Get a High School Diploma in Delaware?

According to the Delaware Department of Education, individuals who receive their high school diploma will have the skills needed to achieve economic, social, and political independence. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals with a high school diploma also experience 2.6% less unemployment and $185 more in median weekly earnings than those who do not have a diploma.

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