Downtown Learning Center/GED offers students aged 16-21 the support and materials necessary to complete their General Educational Development Diploma (GED).
360 Commercial Street NE
Both the GED and high school diploma are useful for employment or higher education. Some jobs, and some branches of the armed services, require a high school diploma. Completion of the GED qualifies the student to enter any Oregon community college. A high average score qualifies the student for Oregon’s four year colleges. It is important for the student to check with a university/college or specific job to find out whether a GED is acceptable for that site.
To earn a GED certificate, a student must pass tests in five areas: reading, writing, social studies, science, and mathematics. Screening tests are given to determine the student’s skill levels. For most students, with at least 10th grade skills, it takes about two months to complete preparation and testing. Students are expected to attend five days a week.
To be eligible for the Salem-Keizer GED program, a student must:
Students not eligible to participate in Salem-Keizer Public Schools' GED program may still be eligible to earn their GED through Chemeketa Community College. Check Chemeketa's website for details. Please note: Salem-Keizer Public Schools is not affiliated with Chemeketa's GED program.
Yes. There is a fee of $50 for testing and materials.
Yes. Students with any condition that qualifies them for an Individual Education Plan (IEP) may apply for special testing accommodations, which may include extra time, private room, breaks, etc. The State GED department determines who is entitled to these accommodations.