HiSet (Formerly GED)

HiSET Option Program (Formerly GED Program)

The HiSET Program is a high school equivalency educational program. Students ages 16 - 21 attend classes so that they can prepare to take the HiSET Exam to complete high school. The program provides classroom teaching, tutoring, and individual support to ensure that students who enter are ready to take the HiSET exam when they have completed the course. Students also have access to a school counselor who will assist them in preparing for life after high school. College preparation, job readiness skills, and life skills are all part of the program for each student.

HiSET Michelle Brauch mbrauch@urteachers.org  x 18
  •                 HiSET educational preparation classes
  •                 HiSET efficiency classes
  •                 HiSET assessment and pretesting (To see if you are ready for the class or test)
  •                 Career and college readiness services

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

Who can attend?
To qualify for the HiSET Program, students must be referred through Pinkerton Academy Continuing Education (PACE) or referred from a participating high school. All students under 18 must have parental support for this alternative option. Students must be at least 16, they can be a student at risk of dropping out of school, or have already dropped out.

Why is it unique?
The HiSET Program is unique because it focuses on students in a more 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 setting and small class size allows students who prefer this type of setting a place to gain their education. Students have access to services at Employment Security, and are encouraged to develop a post graduate plan for life after high school to include work, trades, training or college. Students also receive support for college, post secondary trainings, and future opportunities.

How are classes set up?
Students meet four days per week from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Classes are held at The Upper Room, A Family Resource Center, in Derry. Classes promote learning of all information needed to pass the HiSET, which includes: Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading and Writing. Small class instruction, tutoring, and individualized learning plans support each student in reaching their goal of a HiSET certificate. In addition, life skills are offered through workshops, presentations, field trips and additional educational opportunities.

How do I enroll?
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.
Interested students must register for each pre-test to ensure we have space available. Please contact Michelle Brauch mbrauch@urteachers.org or 603-437-8477 x18 to register.

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

Online Resources:
NHHEAF offers free college planning library workshops and webinars. View their events page here.
View important college fair and admission deadline information from NHHEAF.
Hear HiSET Options 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 thanks its partnership with Pinkerton Academy, to provide the HiSET Program.   

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