Overview and Enrollment Process

Become an AAD student

At AAD, we welcome all students ages 16+ throughout the year.

We hold new student orientation about once a month. Prospective students should call or text (919-666-7557) or email (contact@achievedurham.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 attend Monday through Thursday and 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. GED students attend Monday through Friday. 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.


At AAD, 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, thus we aid students in exploring post-secondary options and support students in the application process. AAD continues to assist students enrolled in a post-secondary program through tutoring, advising, and case management.