SPS GED Options Program

Screen Shot 2019-10-20 at 7.31.12 AMWelcome to the Springfield Public Schools GED Option Program!


The technical definition is General Education Development or  some may say Graduate Equivalency Degree. Students must pass a core battery of online national tests in each of the subject areas listed below to earn their GED Diploma with a score of 145 or higher on each test which demonstrates high school level education.

  • Reasoning through Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Studies say 96% of employers accept a GED as being equal to a High School diploma. Community colleges accept the GED.

Some universities take a GED if you have good SAT/ACT scores, other wise you must attend a community college for one year and earn good grades.


The SPS GED option program is self-paces and helps students prepare to pass the National GED subject tests.

Instructionis offered in various ways including:

  • Small group instruction from staff in Language Arts/Math/Science/Social Studies
  • GED online program “A+ anywhere” that students literally can access from any location any time of the day.
  • GED prep books
  • Taking practice tests to see if they are ready to take a “real” test

Attendance: Students are expected to attend at least 80% each week & make progress towards earning their GED.

Session Days/Times: Students will be assigned to attend one session.

Days of the Week AM Session PM Session
M,U,H,F 10:10-11:55 1:25-3:10
Wednesdays 10:35-12:10 1:35-3:10
Early Release Fridays 9:40-10:20 11:40-12:45

*Note: Student session preference will be honored pending space availability.

Transition Services Available:

  • Career Exploration
  • Resume Building
  • Job Shadows/Internships
  • Help with Job/Scholarship/College/Financial Aid Applications
  • Counseling and Mental Health Services

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I switch session times? Possibly, depending on availability and reason for needing the change. You would need to put in a request to an administrator.

Can I re-take an official test if I fail it? Yes, you take an official test the first time you fail it but you will have to complete tasks assigned by staff before rescheduling. If you fail three times in the same subject area, you must wait six months before you are permitted to retake that test in that subject area.

Can students who earn their GED Diploma participate in Graduation Ceremonies?  Yes students who pass ALL their GED test prior to the graduation ceremony date are eligible to participate in graduation ceremonies with Gateways High School at the end of the year.

Who pays the costs of the GED tests?  The district pays the cost of the GED test while students  are enrolled, making progress, and attending the SPS GED Option Program.