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Listing of Boston alternative schools, GED programs, special education services.

81 GED Prep Classes in and around Boston, Massachusetts

This post lists all GED (HiSET) prep facilities in Boston and surroundings. Testing sites are included as well, and if you want to get optimally prepared to

ABCD | University High School

Small alternative high school servicing students who are over age or at risk in traditional school systems. Ages 16 to 21 but must have been enrolled in school in the past 2 years and test in at least a 7th grade level. Can get BPS diploma. Includes: case management, after school activities, career development, and mentoring.
200 Tremont st. Boston, MA 02111
Intake: 617-348-6521 Main line: 617-348-6000

AmeriCorps NCCC

AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) strengthens communities and develops leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. They offer a 10-month job training for young people 18 to 24 years old who are committed to community service and give a $4,000 or $1,500 stipend, meals and money towards education when you complete the program.
800-942-2677

Bay Cove Academy

Bay Cove Academy is a small, 766-approved day school serving adolescents, ages 12-21, from the Greater Boston area.
66 Canal st. Boston MA, 02114
617-371-3000

BCYF Condon Community Center

Center is home to an award-winning after-school program and the first community-based GED testing site in Massachusetts. Offers programs for ages 5 to 85 including a pool, gym, computer lab, senior center, playground, outdoor stage, youth room, and meeting space. Shares a building with the James F. Condon Elementary School, which allows the center to serve students from the school as well as children and adults from the neighborhood. Hours Monday-Friday 8:30am - 9:30pm
200 D st. South Boston MA, 02127
617-635-5100

Blackstone Community Center

Programs include youth etiquette classes, GED classes (offered in English and Spanish), theater arts, karate classes, after school care and academic support (math and reading), aquatics, baseball, and basketball. Open Monday-Friday 9am - 10pm and Saturday 9am - 5pm. Nominal membership fee required. Operated by Boston Centers for Youth and Families.
50 West Brookline st. Boston MA, 02118
617-635-5162

Boston Asian: Youth Essential Service (Y.E.S.)

Youth service agency for Asian youth from Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and other Asian countries, as well as those born in America. A range of languages are spoken: Vietnamese, three dialects of Chinese, Khmer, and English. Provides educational and employment services; individual and family counseling; leadership training; and an after school teen center.
199 Harrison Ave. Boston MA, 02111
617-482-4243

Boston Centers for Youth and Families

BCYF offers a range of affordable programs including preschool, school-aged & adult education, family literacy, youth employment, violence prevention & intervention, senior activities, recreation and enrichment. BCYF's 35 facilities are located throughout Boston.
1483 Tremont st. Boston MA, 02120
617-635-4920

Boston Day and Evening Academy

Boston Day and Evening Academy, an urban public school serving grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, is an alternative academic community specifically seeking to serve the educational needs of Boston public high school students who are overage for their grade level, are parenting, have other personal needs, need to attend school in the evening, or students for whom other schools have not worked. BDEA's commitment is to help each student develop his/her potential as a responsible individual who will think clearly, feel deeply, and act wisely.
20 Kearsarge Ave. Roxbury MA, 02120
617-635-4920

Boston Private Industry Council

Connects the youth and adults of Boston to education, internships, and employment opportunities to meet the demands of employers in a changing economy. Offers ESOL, GED, job skills training, and school to career programs.
2 Oliver st. Boston MA, 02109 and 555 Amory St. Jamaica Plain MA, 02130
For services for out-of-school youth call 617-488-1388. Some PIC staff are school based. Pathways to College: 617-635-2273.

Boston Public Schools Family Resource Centers

Operates a variety of district based offices where families can get help with school registration, placements, and transfers.
East Zone: 1216 Dorchester Ave - 617-635-8015
North Zone: 75 Malcolm X Boulevard - 617-635-9010
West Zone: 515 Hyde Park Ave - 617-635-8040

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester

Educational support and workshops for kids: tutoring, SAT, MCAS, film and music, and college essays. Recreational opportunities including swimming, basketball, soccer, and street hockey. Specific teen programs. Free dinner at Kids Cafe for 6 to 12 year olds from 4:45 to 5:45. Satellite site at Harbor Point and Deer Street.
1135 Dorchester Av. Dorchester MA, 02125
617-288-7120

BPS Counseling and Intervention Center

Program run by Boston Public Schools for students who have been found in possession of weapons. Hours are 7:30am-12:45pm
Barron Building 515 Hyde Park Ave. Roslindale MA, 02131
617-635-8123

BPS Office of Enrollment Services

Department processes Safety Transfer Requests
26 Court st. Boston MA, 02108
617-635-9517 or 617-635-9000

Cambridge Center for Adult Education

Accessible to the Boston and Cambridge areas, Cambridge Center for Adult Education offers classes ranging from art and cooking to ESL and more.

Caribbean U Turn

Provide services to all youth and families but targets Caribbean youth. Services include: Peer leadership, drop center, mentoring, tutoring, substance abuse, and advocacy.
19 Telsa st. Mattapan MA, 02126
617-296-6789

City Year

An action tank for national service, City Year seeks to demonstrate, improve, and promote the concept of national service as a means for building a stronger democracy. Operates a youth service corp, engages citizens in service, as well as discuss national service policies and initiatives. $564 biweekly, stipend, $5,500 educational award.
287 Columbus Ave. Boston MA, 02116
617-927-2500 Admissions: 617-927-2400

College Bound Dorchester

Works with children and young adults, ages 14 to 27, and their families, to develop academic skills with the goal of completing high school and continuing college.
18 Samoset St. Dorchester MA, 02124
617-282-5034

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COMPASS

Provides special education, intensive outreach and tracking, counseling, tutoring, and enrichment to high risk urban youth and their families. Some programs include comprehensive stabilization and support, such as, intensive Support Programs, and After School Action Program.
290-294 Bowdoin st. Dorchester MA, 02122
857-220-2333

Crittenton Women's Union

Assists high-risk individuals and families to develop the tools to attain and sustain economic independence and self-sufficiency. Programs include, housing, education, employment, childcare, nutrition, and family support-services. Satellite offices in South Boston and Downtown Boston.
10 Perthshire rd. Brighton MA, 02135
617-782-7600

Disability Law Center of Massachusetts

The Disability Law Center (DLC) is the Protection and Advocacy agency for Massachusetts. DLC is a private, non-profit organization responsible for providing protection and advocacy for the rights of Massachusetts residents with disabilities. Provides services in the areas of access to community services, special education, health care, disability benefits, and rights and conditions in facilities through its programs. Satellite offices in Northampton MA
11 Beacon st Suite 925 Boston, MA 02108
800-872-9992

EDCO Youth Alternative

The EDCO Youth Alternative provides a full academic program for Boston residents, along with counseling, part time employment, and related student services, for students who require a more supportive environment than a large, traditional high school can offer. Program serves youth 16-21 years of age, in grades 9 through 12, who are at risk, drop outs, non-attenders, pregnant and/or parenting teens who have their children enrolled in a licensed day care program. May be AFDC funded, DCF/DYS clients, Boston Juvenile Court referrals, or qualify as a member of a low income family. Offers FREE services from 8am-4pm Monday through Friday.
650 Beacon st #3 Boston Ma, 02215
617-262-9562

EdLaw Project

This focus on direct representation has positioned EdLaw as the foremost expert organization on education advocacy for children and youth involved with the court system in Massachusetts. In 2011, when the Youth Advocacy Division became statewide, the EdLaw Project took the opportunity to revisit our mission.

Federation for Children with Special Needs

Provides information, support for parents, collaborates with schools, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. Programs include education, health, and early childhood.
529 Main st. Suite 1M3 Boston MA, 02129
800-331-0688 or 617-236-7210

Freedom House

A community-based organization focused on sustainable economic and social development of Boston's communities of color. Specific education programs for middle and high school students focus on MCAS testing and provide tutorial and transition to college services. Other programs include technology education, leadership development, political engagement, advocacy, and community organization. Computer labs are open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 10am-2pm for adults.
5 Crawford st. Dorchester MA, 02121
617-445-3700

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