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High School Equivalency (GED)

Eastern Suffolk BOCES offers 3 pathways to earn an HSE Diploma:

  • The GED® Program
  • The National External Diploma Program (NEDP)
  • Regents - HSE Examination Pathway
For more information:
Call: 631-439-4784 or 631-369-7570
Email: (Bay Shore Adult Education); (Bellport Academic Center); (Ward Technical Center)


Instruction is based on the content of the GED® exam, which includes Math, Reading, Writing Social Studies and Science. While you are attending the GED® program you will explore Adult Education career choices which you will be able to attend while you are earning your HSE diploma. All classes include Digital Literacy, job readiness training workshops on various topics such as business and finance, health literacy, debt management and financial literacy. Eastern Suffolk BOCES students have the opportunity to take the GED® exam at our Bellport location.

Please note that you need to be 21 years of age or over and that we require a registration fee of $25 (money order or certified bank check) payable to Eastern Suffolk BOCES.


NEDP is an applied performance assessment system that evaluates reading, writing, math and workforce readiness skills of participants in life and work contexts. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a local high school diploma. The NEDP:

  • assesses high school-level skills, awarding a New York State High School Equivalency
    diploma so graduates can meet their academic and career goals.
  • is designed for self-directed students with life and work experiences and a general
    familiarity with the computer.
  • offers flexible scheduling and confidentiality.
  • evaluates 70 competencies in ten content areas including Financial Literacy,
    Health Literacy, Civic Literacy, Geography, History, Science, and Twenty-First
    Century Workplace Skills.
  • assesses competencies that are based on skills outlined in the Common Core
    College and Career Readiness standards.


Students in our program who have passed NYS Regents examinations with a score of 65 or greater in Mathematics, English Language Arts (ELA), Social Studies and/or Science will have the opportunity to substitute those passing scores on a maximum of four of the five (5) corresponding GED® subtests (Mathematics, Reading, Writing, Social Studies and Science (attachment R).