HiSET (Formerly GED)

HiSET Program (Formerly the GED)

The HiSET Program prepares students ages 16-21 to take the High School Equivalency Test, or HiSET. Students receive classroom instruction, tutoring, as well as individual support to ensure they are not only able to pass the HiSET exam, but also prepared for life after high school. College preparation, job readiness skills, and life skills are key components of the program.  

For more information about our HiSET program, contact Michelle Brauch:     mbrauch@urteachers.org  603-437-8477  x18

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To offer a high school alternative that provides individualized educational opportunities, in combination with career exploration and self- development. A respect for individuality and the personal development of each student is the foundation of the HiSET Program. Student potential is supported and developed through their educational experience.

Who can attend?
To qualify for the HiSET Program, students must be referred by their school counselor, through Pinkerton Academy Continuing Education (PACE) or referred from a participating high school. Students must be at least 16 years old, and students under 18 must have parental support for this program. Pretest scores determine eligibility.  HiSET Pretests are offered by appointment on Friday afternoons at The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center, 36 Tsienneto Road in Derry.

Why is it unique?
The HiSET Program is unique because it focuses on students in an individualized manner. Case management is offered to assist with barriers to students’ success in school. Students are offered support in meeting their own unique life challenges. A smaller educational setting and small class size allows students who prefer this type of setting a place to gain their education. Students are required to develop a post graduate plan for life after high school to include work, training, the military or college. 

How are classes set up?
HiSET classes meet Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PreHiSET classes meet Monday-Thursday from 11:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Student pretest scores determine placement in PreHiSET or HiSET. Classes promote learning of all information needed to pass the five sections of the HiSET exam: Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading and Writing. Students master the skills necessary to pass the HiSET exam through classroom instruction, individual or small group tutoring and independent work.  

How do I enroll?
For more information, speak with your School Counselor, or Pinkerton Academy Continuing Education Director Lynne Lonergan at 437-5200 x1111, or contact Michelle Brauch at The Upper Room, 437-8477 x18. All HiSET Pretests are offered by appointment on Friday afternoons at The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center, at 36 Tsienneto Road Derry, NH 03038.

If pre-test scores indicate that the HiSET Program can support your educational goal, you will be set up with an intake meeting, and can begin classes once your plan is established and approved by the referring school.  

Online Resources:
NHHEAF offers free college planning  workshops,  webinars, college fair and admission deadline information.

Hear HiSET Program Graduate, Alexis Brophy, speak about her experience in the program, and how it helped her further her education, and be well on the way to achieving her goals.

The Upper Room is grateful for its strong partnership with Pinkerton Academy to provide the HiSET Program.   

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