Adult and Continuing Education

Adult Education offers learning opportunities to set you on the path to professional advancement and personal fulfillment.

The Adult and Continuing Education program offers a variety of classes, including classes for those seeking a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED®), and the External Diploma Program (for adults 21 and older). We offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes at various levels.

The registration and assessment process is required for all new students prior to class enrollment.  Please phone the Adult Education Office at (757) 283-7830 for next available registration dates and more information.

Visit the Peninsula Regional Education Program website for information about GED/ESOL classes throughout the Virginia Peninsula.


Denbigh Learning Center
14302 Old Courthouse Way
Newport News, VA 23602
Phone: (757) 283-7830

Discovery STEM Academy
1712 Chestnut Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607
Phone: (757) 928-6838 x.38900

Gatewood Learning Center
1241 Gatewood Road
Newport News, VA 23601
Phone: (757) 928-6765

Achievable Dream Middle/High
5720 Marshall Avenue
Newport News, VA 23605
Phone: (757) 283-7820 x.63532

Class Schedules and Registration

Class Offerings

PAYMENT POLICY: Cash or money order only, personal checks will no longer be accepted in the adult education department. Call (757) 283-7830 for more information on testing fees and schedules.

ADULT BASIC EDUCATION (Pre-GED® Preparation): Students review basic skills in Reading, Writing, Math and English.

ESL (English as a second language): These classes will help non-English and limited English speakers improve their speaking, writing and reading in English.

GED® PREP: Preparation for taking the GED® Exam.

GED® PRACTICE TEST: The GED® Practice Test is a half length GED® Test and is a good indicator of whether a student is ready to take the GED® Exam.

GED® EXAMINATION: This test is given in one of the Newport News Testing Centers.  Pre registration is required and space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

NATIONAL EXTERNAL DIPLOMA PROGRAM: The National External Diploma Program is a high school diploma program for mature adults, 21 and over, who acquired their academic skill through life and work experiences and can demonstrate competencies in an applied performance assessment process. There is a fee for this program. Call our NEDP coordinator at (757) 727-1049 to find out the current fee structure or to get more information about the External Diploma Program.

GED Testing Program

The official test is offered at Gatewood Learning Center in the PearsonVue Lab. The cost is $120 (if funding permitted, discounts available). If you have questions about the test, please call (757) 928-6765 x.38842.

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GED and ABE Classes

  • No fees

South Morrison Learning Center: Classes are Mon & Wed, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Denbigh Learning Center: Classes are Tue & Thu, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Discovery STEM Academy: Classes are Mon & Wed, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Achievable Dream Middle/High: Classes are Tue & Thu, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

ESL Classes

  • $35 registration fee
  • $40 book fee

South Morrison Learning Center: Classes are Tue & Thu, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Denbigh Learning Center: Classes are Mon & Wed, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.