High School Equivalency
This program prepares students to earn a New York State Equivalency Diploma by successfully completing the New York State Testing Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC®) exam.
Students attend the Career & Technical Center for a full day, with a half-day in an academic prep or TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) class and a half-day in one of the career and technical programs. Computer instruction is integrated into the highly individualized academic/TASC program. TASC replaced the General Education Development (GED) program as the primary pathway to gaining a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma. Requirements to participate in the TASC program include having at least an eighth grade reading and math level and maintaining at least an 80% attendance level in the Transitional Academic Program (TAP) program.
TAP is designed to improve academic achievement and attendance, and secure credits, as appropriate. A reading and math level of at least sixth grade is suggested for participation. After four weeks of attendance, a determination is made of the student’s best next opportunity, such as returning to the home school, transferring to the Phoenix Academy, remaining in the TAP program, or transferring to a TASC program.