Adult & Continuing Education

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Adult Education offers learning opportunities to set you on the path to professional advancement and personal fulfillment.

The Adult and Continuing Education program offers a variety of classes, including classes for those seeking a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED®), and the External Diploma Program (for adults 21 and older). We offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes at various levels.

The registration and assessment process is required for all new students prior to class enrollment.  Please phone the Adult Education Office at (757) 283-7830 for next available registration dates and more information.

Visit the Peninsula Regional Education Program website for information about GED/ESOL classes throughout the Virginia Peninsula.


Katherine Johnson Adult Education Center
17346 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23603
Phone: (757) 283-7830

Discovery STEM Academy
1712 Chestnut Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607
Phone: (757) 928-6838 x.38900

Class Schedules and Registration

Class Offerings

PAYMENT POLICY: Cash or money order only, personal checks will no longer be accepted in the adult education department. Call (757) 283-7830 for more information on testing fees and schedules.

  • ADULT BASIC EDUCATION (Pre-GED® Preparation): Students review basic skills in Reading, Writing, Math and English.

  • ESL (English as a Second Language): These classes will help non-English and limited English speakers improve their speaking, writing and reading in English.

  • GED® PREP: Preparation for taking the GED® Exam.

  • GED® PRACTICE TEST: The GED® Practice Test is a half length GED® Test and is a good indicator of whether a student is ready to take the GED® Exam.

  • NATIONAL EXTERNAL DIPLOMA PROGRAM: The National External Diploma Program is a high school diploma program for mature adults, 21 and over, who acquired their academic skill through life and work experiences and can demonstrate competencies in an applied performance assessment process. There is a fee for this program. Call our NEDP coordinator at (757) 727-1049 to find out the current fee structure or to get more information about the External Diploma Program.

GED Testing Program

Visit to set-up your account and find a testing center near you.

GED and ABE Classes

  • No fees
  • Katherine Johnson Adult Education Center: Classes are Tue & Thu, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Discovery STEM Academy: Classes are Mon & Wed, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Middle College at Virginia Peninsula Community College (VPCC): Classes are Tue & Thu, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

ESL Classes

  • $50 Book Fee
  • ESL BOOK PAYMENT POLICY: Cash or money order only, personal checks are not accepted.
  • Katherine Johnson Adult Education Center: Classes are Mon & Wed, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.