High School Equivalency

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High School Equivalency Program

Let us help you complete your high school education.

The High School Equivalency Program (HSE), formerly the GED Program, prepares students to take the GED® exam to earn a High School Equivalency diploma.

There are two parts to Gaston’s HSE Program:

  • Adult Basic Education
  • High School Equivalency

We offer day and evening classes at the Dallas Campus as well as online. All classes are FREE.

 High School Equivalency Preparation (ABE)

Some students may need to refresh their basic skills in reading, math, and writing before they begin the High School Equivalency program. Adult Basic Education (ABE) provides basic skills preparation for adults who are seeking a High School Equivalency diploma and focuses on developing the skills to get a job, including reading, math, writing, and critical thinking.

High School Equivalency Preparation (HSE)

High School Equivalency focuses on the preparation for the GED® exam, which includes four tests in the areas of Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA), Social Studies, Science, and Math.

Fill out the Interest Form to get started!

All new students must attend a 2-day, Basic Skills Student Success (BSSS) class before registering for HSE (GED®) classes. Fill out the Interest Form below to get started.

High School Equivalency

Minor Paperwork

Gaston College does serve 16 and 17 year olds, but the following requirements must be met:

  • Student must have fully withdrawn from public school.
  • Student must have the required documentation:
    • Valid State issued ID card or Driver’s License or passport
    • Social Security Card or Tax Identification Card
  • Completed Minor Packet
    • North Carolina Dropout Prevention/Driver’s License Guidelines
      • Must be signed by student and parent or guardian
    • Special Petition
      • Must be completed by student and parent or guardian
      • Parent or guardian’s signature must be notarized
    • School Release Form
      • Must be signed by last Principal
      • District Superintendent’s signature (if student has been officially withdrawn less than six months.

A high school transcript is not required.

Click Here to download the Minor Paperwork Packet

Minor Paperwork can also be requested in the Life Skills Building on the Dallas Campus or in the Life Skills Office on the Lincoln Campus.

High School Equivalency Transcript

Upon successful completion of the GED® tests, you will receive a congratulatory email from GED Testing Services. The email will include a link for requesting a diploma, your transcript, and a link to send to colleges or employers that you have earned your HSE.

North Carolina Community College System Office:



Belinda Butler, Secretary