Overview and Enrollment Process

Become a High School Equivalency student

DLC's Youth High School Equivalency Program welcomes all students ages 16-24 throughout the year.

We hold new student orientation about once a month. Prospective students should call or text (919)213-8711 or email amy@durhamliteracy.org to be invited to the next orientation meeting.

At our initial meeting, students complete a reading assessment to determine their first class assignment.

  • Pre-GED is for students who need to strengthen their reading skills. Students work one-on-one with a trained volunteer tutor.
  • The GED classroom setting is for students ready to engage in core, academic courses in preparation for GED testing. We maintain a small teacher to student ratio of no more than 1:8. Classroom instruction is enhanced by individualized computer learning in our monitored lab.
  • ALL STUDENTS attend Monday-Thursday from 9:30 to 12:30. Some afternoon tutoring may be available based on individual needs.


We embed career exploration and job readiness into our core work. Students should be prepared to take advantage of these opportunities.

The GED is just a first step, and we support students in exploring post-secondary options and support students in the application process. We continue to assist students enrolled in a post-secondary program through tutoring, advising, and support.