Open the door to your future by joining the more than 2,000 students we help prepare for a high school equivalency diploma each year.
Whether you are ready to begin General Educational Development (GED®) exam preparation or need to work your way up through adult basic education or pre-high school equivalency classes, our courses will help you develop your knowledge and skills in math, reading, writing, social studies and science.
- Basic academic skills through high school equivalency preparation
- College preparation and transition
- Supportive and non-threatening learning environment
- Encourages postsecondary education, training and career advancement
Classes run three times a week in the morning or evening, and class sessions begin in the fall and winter. You must be 19 or older to enroll. Tuition waived for qualifying students.
Earn a high school equivalency diploma and achieve your college and career goals!
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Read moreRegina had been an employee of Pathmark Supermarkets for 22 years when she received word that her store would be closing and she’d be out of a job. Knowing she had to improve her prospects, she enrolled in the ABS Program and after three tries finally passed the exam to earn her high school equivalency diploma. With hopes to one day own a business, she enrolled at LaGuardia as a business administration major and has earned a 4.0 GPA in her first semester. Congratulations to these students on their hard work and achievements! *The Peter Jennings Scholarship Laurel Award, named after the famous journalist who dropped out of high school and later earned a high school equivalency diploma, is given annually to up to 10 students who have overcome hardship to earn their high school equivalency certificate from a CUNY adult literacy/high school equivalency program and who plan to continue their education at a CUNY college. Students must be nominated by a teacher or staff member and provide a personal essay describing their journey to college. Winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship towards their CUNY college education. To learn more, visit here
CUNY Peter Jennings Scholarship Laurel Award Winner
Maurice Fulton had been out of school for ten years when he came to LaGuardia’s High School Equivalency – CUNY Adult Literacy Program with the goal of earning his high school equivalency diploma. Starting in the lowest level basic skills class, Maurice did so well that he was able to skip the next level, and within three months he was taking the high school equivalency preparation course, the highest level in the program.
Maurice qualified to take the high school equivalency test, passed on the first try and had his high school equivalency diploma just six months after beginning the program. He wasted no time in enrolling in credit classes at LaGuardia. “I knew that I couldn’t become successful if I kept practicing the same bad habits,” says Maurice of staying up late to watch TV or play video games. “With time and hard work, I got used to it.”
Having finished his first college semester, the Media Technology major continues to work hard in his studies and also gives back to the program that helped put him on the right path by speaking at program orientations. He also was honored with CUNY’s Peter Jennings Scholarship Laurel Award and is using the $1,000 towards his college education. With plans to become a graphic designer and possibly start his own company, Maurice is thankful for the support he has received at LaGuardia. “I’m so glad I decided to go back to school and feel even more blessed to have great teachers who really care about my education,” he says.
- LaGuardia Community College is an official NY State Education Department Testing Center for the GED high school equivalency examination.High School Equivalency GED® Testing Center LaGuardia Community College 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Room C-400 Long Island City NY, 11101 The GED is given on campus in English and Spanish. It is a computer based test.
- New York State Education GED information can be found here: