High School Equivelency Diploma (HSED)


No matter what your age, you can still earn you High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED)! Students 18 to almost 70 have followed their dream to get their diploma by taking our HSED class. Best of all, it's FREE.

The program prepares students with the knowledge and skills to earn their HSED by creating a collection of work that shows understanding of each subject. You must be 18 or older to enroll and you need to have a referral from a GED instructor from a state approved GED program. The HSED program, also known as PI 5.09, is taught in a classroom environment, not in a computer lab. Instructors not only teach, but work with students to make sure they truly understand the subject matter.

This highly-structured and intensive program meets four to five days a week, for 16 weeks. Daytime and evening classes are offered.

The curriculum consists of three parts, one for each subject. You can enroll at any time so you can begin class at the start of the topic. Each section is five weeks. The three core subject areas are:

  • Mathematics
  • Language and Communication
  • Pathways (Civics, Health, and Employability)

Classes are held Monday - Thursday, 8:30am - 12:00pm.

Eligibility: Must be 18 years and 6 months and older, or the class year the person entered grade 9 in has graduated from high school. Must be a resident of Wisconsin. Must also meet academic and attendance requirements and be REFERRED by a GED instructor. For more information, please call 414.906.2839 or complete and submit the online referral form.

Once you complete the course, you can take your exam at SDC in our certified Pearson Vue Testing Center!

Please follow up with Steve Wysocki at swysocki@cr-sdc.org to confirm receipt of your referral.

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For more information, on our HSED or GED programs, please call our Education and Training department at 414.906.2839.


A special “Thank You” to MATC for their partnership in providing academic staff for and administering the Education Programs at SDC.

“It (Competency-Based Diploma Program) is a good program to get into. Learning is easier.
You get the one-on-one help that you don’t get in a GED class offered in other places.”
~ Saumayo, 5.09 Student


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