The person who called was insistent: "Don't be late!" she said.
It was finally time to take #2 Son in for his orientation for what they now term Adult Education. Why they call it that, and demand that a parent be there with the so called adult, is beyond me. But, so is most bureaucracy.
Because #2 wants to go to culinary school before he is 18, and he has to have a high school diploma to attend that schol, we had to apply for special permission for him to leave regular school and get a GED.
This has taken, as all things in the educational system do, forever.
He was approved, thankfully, or i'm not sure where we could have turned after that. So we weren't late.
Another family was, and one lady delayed our start by deciding to go to the restroom at the last minute, after she had been sitting there for 25 minutes. The supervisor was patient, i guess he's used to these sorts of things.
He first went over the ground rules. You are adults here, that's why it's Adult Education. We do not ever see your records from your former school, because we don't want to. We don't want to pre-judge you as a person, so you can get a fresh start.
You must dress and act appropriately. You may not play with your phone when you are here. You must attend for 15 hours a week, or you will be considered truant. There are no lunch breaks while you are here, and you must get yourself here and home, there are no busses.
We are open from 7am to 8pm. Some of the satellite centers are not open those hours, but we will discuss that when we decide where you will attend, and make your appointment for your first test.
You will first take a Locator test. This takes about a half hour and tells us approximately where you are, grade school, middle school, or high school.
Once you have taken that test, you will make an appointment to take the second test. This Placement test will take close to two hours, and will tell us more precisely where you are in your studies. Which version of the Placement test you take fully depends on how well you do on the first test, so don't blow the first one off as unimportant.
If you score high enough on the Placement test, you may be allowed to come in and take the practice GED. The state requires everyone to take a practice GED before taking the real thing. If you pass that, we will send you to the next GED test date, and you will be out of here.
If your second test shows you aren't ready for the practice GED, you will have to come here or to one of the learning centers for the requisite 15 hours a week, and you will be given classes so that you can raise your grade level high enough to pass the practice GED and the GED.
So, how long you are here is up to you. If you do your absolute best on the Locator and the Placement tests, you might be out of the system, with a GED under your belt, in about 2-4 weeks. If you mess around, or don't study if you do need to come here for a while, it will take you a lot longer.
When the supervisor finished going over all these things and gave us our paperwork, i let him know that #2 Son's plan is to have his GED this semester so he can start culinary school in January. Also, i told him that his private school teacher had already given him a practice GED, and he had scored more than high enough to pass the real thing. He seemed relieved, and smiled, and told us that if #2 Son did that well already, there should be no problem.
Finally, at that point, #2 Son smiled. "That's what I want to hear!" he said. This kid is ready to get to the next stage of his life.
He just needs to remember to stop for red lights. Yes, i'm still on him about that, he has extra chores so he can earn the money to pay the fine. If he's in Adult Education, and heading to a post-secondary institution, he can take responsibility like an adult.
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