GED Option Program

What is the GED?

The GED is a series of 4 tests in the academic areas of Social Studies, Science, Language Arts and Mathematics. The Bend-La Pine Schools GED option provides students the opportunity to prepare for this test series in a supported environment. Once practice tests are completed, our staff also guide students to a testing center and help them prepare for and follow through with the GED subject area exams. Ultimately, it is our hope that all GED students complete the larger goal of a high school diploma and go on to success with both education and career after the GED program.

Entrance Requirements:

In order to be eligible for participation in a GED program, students must:

  • Be 16 years of age
  • Be behind in school academically
  • Be reading at or above an 8th grade level
  • Be enrolled with a Bend-La Pine High School

What kind of student can be enrolled in the GED Option Program?
• Student is struggling with attendance, behavior, or academic achievement.
• Student is having trouble fitting in the traditional school model.
• Students who have fallen behind in credits and are having difficulty catching up.

Program Steps and Process:

  1. Application and intake: Students wishing to enter the program need to reach out to their current high school counselor so necessary releases and paperwork can be started. Your counselor will help schedule an intake appointment with our staff. Intake must include a parent or guardian, and will be focused on determining whether the GED is an appropriate learning match.

  2. Pretest and Curriculum Generation: A pretest within the Aztec software identifies student strengths and deficits. A personalized sequence of lessons is assigned to the student based on this assessment. The GED Test Series follows successful completion of the lessons.

  3. Coursework: Students will be expected to spend at least 9 hours a week engaged with their practice lessons. Lab times are available both during and beyond the regular school day. Students with personal technology can also work independently. With regular attendance and dependent on prior knowledge and performance on the practice test, coursework (which includes learning and review) can take weeks to a year, although the average time for students with 9th-grade level skills and knowledge is about 3 months.

  4. "GED Ready Test": When students feel they are proficient in a subject area they will take a GED practice test in each area. These tests must be scheduled and taken in an approved Bend-La Pine lab environment. Passing scores must be received on each subject-area practice test before the actual GED Subject area tests are scheduled and taken.

  5. GED Testing: When a student is ready (practice tests have been passed) testing sessions will be scheduled at a licensed GED Testing Center. A student may choose to master and test in one subject area at a time then test in that subject area, or master all 4 content areas before testing in any of them. Each of the 4 GED Tests is administered separately. All subject area tests must be passed before any credit can be added to a student’s transcript.

  6. Next Steps: Upon successful completion of the GED test series, students continuing toward a high school diploma will have credits added to their transcript. Their complete transcript will be reviewed to determine what (if any) additional requirements must be met to earn a Bend-La Pine Schools diploma.

Program Staff

M. Oliver

J. Swinn

S. Bennett

Program Locations

Bend-La Pine Online
520 NW Wall Street

Bend Tech Academy
1291 NE 5th Street

Enrollment Information

Interested applicants please reach out to your boundary high school counselor to start the Bend-La Pine Schools GED Option Program enrollment process.