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Basic Studies

Estudios Básicos/GED
Frecuentes Preguntas Sobre Estudios Basicos/GED

Courses in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and GED Preparation are non-credit courses intended for those who want to develop the reading, writing, and math skills needed to pass the GED test or to begin college level work or training.

  • Students between the ages of 16 and 19 years must be formally released from their local high school before enrolling in any Olympic College Adult Education program.
  • All new students must attend an orientation session before registering for classes.
  • Orientations are held on the Bremerton Campus. They are three days a week during selected weeks. Students must attend every day to be registered for classes.

For Shelton ABE Orientations, please call 360.432.5435 to set up an appointment. ABE Classes are offered at all three campuses as well as several off-campus locations.


GED,    High School Completion, or    HS21+

Questions? GED High School Completion HS21+
Who to contact? Class information 475-7550
Test Information 475-7238
Counseling Center 475-7530 Class information 475-7550
What is it? A national certificate earned by passing the GED test.
This is not a diploma.
A diploma earned by taking the required courses. A competency-based diploma for adults 21 years and older.
What is the cost? There is a $25 fee per quarter for preparation classes.
GED Test: $120 testing fee (4 modules x $30)
Fees and tuition rates may vary, depending on Resident & Non-resident fees. Please inquire with Advising at 360.475.7530. There is a $25 fee per quarter.
*Note: Students may qualify for a tuition waiver, but Financial Aid does not apply.
Books Learning materials furnished in class.
GED preparation books are optional.
Must purchase books required for class. Financial aid not applicable. Learning materials furnished in class.
Other Requirements Orientation class is mandatory before enrolling.
Call 475-7550 for appointment.
Appointment with counselor 475-7530. Must provide official High School transcript. Orientation class is mandatory before enrolling. Call 475-7550 for appointment.
Age Limits Over 16. Age 16-19 must have a High School Release. Students ages 16 and 17 must have a Student Release Form on file each quarter or a form showing complete withdrawal from the school district, which eliminates the need for a quarterly release form. Must be 21 years of age or older.
Transcripts, etc. Transcripts not required. Official transcripts required. Official High School transcripts required.
Other Best for those with little or no High School credits. Best for students with 1 or 1.5 years to finish and who want a HS Diploma, or plan to go to college. College credits can be earned if classes are above 100 level. Best for adults who have life, work and military experience; and is shy a couple of credits from a High School diploma.
Military Check with recruiter. Some services prefer a diploma and will only accept a limited number of recruits with a GED. Check with recruiter. Some services prefer a diploma and will only accept a limited number of recruits with a GED. Military experience may be considered for High School credits.
How long will it take? Dependent on learning needs and attendance. Dependent on how many courses are required to complete the high school diploma.  At least 10 Olympic College credits must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Dependent on number of credits needed, learning needs and attendence (if full-time attendence & credit completion, obtain 0-3 credits/quarter).
How to start?  a) Sign up for Basic Studies Orientation Class and register for courses at that time.   a) Obtain official high school transcripts, b) schedule appointment to review transcript(s), c) take Accuplacer assessment test.  a) Sign up for Basic Studies Orientation Class and register for courses at that time, b) order official & unofficial high school transcripts, c) schedule advisor meeting.

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tina Prentiss

by appointment

Pamela Greig

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Heather McKnight

High School 21 Program (HS21+)

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