Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes at Seminole State College are designed for students 16 years of age or older who need to improve their basic skills in reading, writing and math. Courses also help students improve their job readiness and prepare for GED classes.
Please visit www.seminolestate.edu/adult-ed/abe-ged/ or call 407.708.2153 for more information.
The Adult High School at Seminole State College offers classes on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus that lead to a standard high school diploma for students 16 years of age or older.
Adult High School applications are taken prior to the start of each term in building B, room 113.
Students who apply for admission to the Adult High School are divided into two categories:
All students must provide:
In addition, any student who seeks admission to the Adult High School and has been expelled or is being recommended for expulsion will not be considered for admission until the student completes the terms of the expulsion order and is eligible to return to the home high school.
Students who provide proof of residency in Florida for one year pay $30 upon initial registration in any term. Students who do not provide proof of residency for one year pay $120 upon initial registration in any term.
Students who have not passed both sections of the tenth grade FCAT are placed according to reading, language and math scores they achieve on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and the following criteria:
Note: Students who do not meet the TABE requirements are eligible to enroll in designated Adult Basic Education (ABE) preparatory courses offered by the GED program.
Students entering the Adult High School are required to attend an orientation session to:
Students must earn 24 credits to graduate. Most credits earned at an accredited secondary school may be transferred and applied to the credit requirement. All credits must be verified with a transcript or other evidence deemed acceptable by the College.
Required Credits*: 14.5
*Please see a counselor/advisor for specific course requirements. All Adult High School courses and descriptions are listed in the course descriptions section of this catalog.
In addition to course requirements, the following are required for graduation:
A (90-100) Excellent
B (80-89) Good
C (70-79) Average
D (60-69) Below Average
F (59 or below) Failing
No credit is earned for courses with grades lower than “D."
Adult High School students taking three or more credits per term will be eligible for academic recognition if the appropriate averages are maintained for the Dean’s or A-B Honor Roll list.
Students who have attended the Adult High School for at least two terms and completed at least six credits are eligible for academic recognition at graduation. Students who did not meet the residency requirements but whose cumulative GPA achieves the designated standard are also eligible to receive this recognition. The GPA is calculated on work completed at the Adult High School only. The designated honors are recorded on the student’s diploma and permanent transcript.
Grade Point Average for Honors: GPA 3.2-3.49; GPA 3.5-3.79; GPA 3.8-4.0
For more information about the Adult High School, please visit www.seminolestate.edu/adult-high/ or call 407.708.2129.
The General Education Development (GED) program at Seminole State College provides non-credit instruction to prepare students to successfully complete the GED test leading to a State of Florida High School Diploma.
Instruction is provided in the subject areas of reading, writing, science, social studies and mathematics. GED classes are offered for persons 18 years of age or older who need to complete high school. A special GED program is available for 16 and 17 year old students who have officially withdrawn from Seminole County Public Schools or a surrounding county school district.
Students who prove residency in Florida for one year pay $30 upon initial registration in their first semester and any future semesters. Students who do not prove residency for one year pay $120.
Applications for the GED program are accepted on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Building, room 113.
Students seeking to enroll in the GED program must meet the following requirements:
- Provide documentation of residency in the state of Florida;
- Provide documentation of age;
- Pay program fee.
- Documentation of age;
- Official sealed transcript(s) of all high school credits earned;
- A parental consent form signed by parents or guardians and notarized;
- A completed GED application.
Students who attend, and successfully participate in GED classes for one full term and attain a minimum score of 470 on each of the subtests of the Official GED Practice Tests, can be recommended to take the GED examination before they are 18 years old.
The GED Test is administered monthly (except for January) on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
Test candidates must provide at registration:
The current testing fee is $70, which is subject to change.
Note: A new, online GED test format is planned for implementation on Jan. 1, 2014. Unless a GED candidate has completed a passing score on all five GED subtests, and has been awarded a State of Florida High School diploma, the scores of all subtests taken prior to Dec. 31, 2013, will be invalid. As of Jan. 1, 2014, GED test candidates are required to complete all GED subtests utilizing the revised test format and content.
State of Florida Diploma Requirements
To receive a State of Florida high school diploma, GED candidates must:
Students who receive a State of Florida high school diploma through the GED program at Seminole State are eligible to participate in the School of Academic Foundations' graduation ceremony, which is held at the end of Spring and Fall terms.
The GED program provides a competitive scholarship program for students to continue their college-level studies at Seminole State.
For more information about the GED program, please visit www.seminolestate.edu/adult-ed/abe-ged/ or call407.708.2153.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes are designed to provide English language training for speakers of other languages for life and work skills, and basic education study. They also focus on helping students create educational plans, search for employment, obtain a better job and/or become better citizens.
Seminole State offers intensive ESOL courses in the morning and evening and non-intensive ESOL courses in the evening on various campuses. Classes range from as few as four hours each week to as many as 20 per week. Courses are full term with specific enrollment periods at the beginning of each semester. Students study at one of six levels of English proficiency based on scores from the CASAS placement exam given by Seminole State or another adult education institution in Florida.
Students apply for ESOL classes by contacting one of the Academic Foundations ESOL Student Services representatives on the campus of their choice:
To qualify, applicants must be:
Qualifying students with documented proof of residency in Florida for one year pay a $30 state-mandated fee upon initial registration in any semester. Qualifying students with proof of residency in Florida for less than one year pay $120 upon initial registration in any semester.
The English Language Institute (ELI) at Seminole State is designed for visitors to the United States on student visas who are not applying to the College. ELI courses are based primarily on academic preparation and include an introduction to U.S. culture. ELI students study on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus for 18 to 20 hours each week depending on their levels of proficiency. For current tuition information, please visit www.seminolestate.edu/adult-ed/els/langinst/ or call 407.708.2120.
ELI applicants should contact the International Student Office on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus at 407.708.2172.
Only documents in English will be accepted. Translations must be completed by an official body; a notary public does not automatically qualify as a translator. Only original documents will be accepted. Facsimiles and photocopies will not be accepted.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires international students to study full-time, which equals two consecutive semesters of Monday-Thursday classes, at a minimum.
International students who seek admission to the English Language Institute on an F-1 Visa (1-20 A-B) must:
In addition, transfer students must submit the following:
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses are college credit preparatory and elective credit courses specifically designed to prepare students who are speakers of other languages for higher education or professional development. Students must apply to Seminole State College and are assessed to determine their levels of English language proficiency.
Students who have studied high school outside the United States or have studied ESOL in high school are assessed to determine their levels of English language proficiency. Students whose proficiency is lower than that required for ENC1101 are placed into English courses based on the results of placement tests and a writing sample. Once students begin the EAP course series, they must complete the entire sequence of courses within the skill area indicated. Upon completion of each skill area sequence, students take program and exit exams to qualify for other college courses.
EAP course descriptions are available in the course descriptions section of this catalog. Tuition for EAP courses follows College guidelines per credit hour.
Domestic and international students must follow the guidelines provided by the College Admissions Department and the International Student Office. Please see the Admissions section of this catalog for more information.
For more information on EAP, please visit www.seminolestate.edu/adult-ed/els/.
Seminole State College
100 Weldon Boulevard
Sanford, Florida 32773-6199