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Adult Education

Rio Salado College has been offering in-person adult education classes since 1978 and is the largest provider in Arizona. Adult education classes help students who did not complete high school, as well as high school graduates who need to brush up on their basic academic skills. Adult education also serves students whose first language is not English.

GED® Test Preparation and English Classes

Rio Salado College offers classes to help students prepare for the GED® test (High School Equivalency). We also have English classes for students who want to improve their English language skills. These classes are offered by Rio Salado College in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education, Adult Education Division.

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Get Started -- GED® Test Preparation Classes

New Civics Test Requirement:

Effective January 2017, people who take the GED® test in Arizona will also be required to pass the Arizona Civics Test. This requirement is mandated by the Arizona Department of Education. Please note: The Civics test is offered in English only, but is a requirement for the English and Spanish versions of the GED® test.


Ready for College?

If you are already enrolled in a Rio Salado GED® test preparation class, or are interested in transitioning to an online college, please check out these programs.

Adult ACE

Rio Salado offers an opportunity to make a smooth transition to higher education through Adults Achieving a College Education (Adult ACE).

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Distinguished Transitions

Distinguished Transitions assists qualifying students by providing scholarship assistance and enhanced advisement support.

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Workplace Education

Rio Salado Workplace Education Program provides non-credit English Language and GED® test preparation classes to various organizations in Maricopa County.

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