Adult Education Eligibility Requirements
The following are the Adult Education Eligibility Requirements. If you have additional questions, please contact Linda Gibson at (940)322-6928 ex 8282.
Texas compulsory school attendance law specifies that a child shall attend school until he/she is 18 years old. Exemptions are granted only as specified by law and stated below.
• 17 year-old in GED course:
The exemption from compulsory attendance for a child attending a GED course who is at least 17 years of age applies if: (1) the child has the permission of the child’s parent or guardian to attend the course along with eligibility form; (2) the child is required by court order to attend the course; (3) the child has established a residence separate and apart from the person’s parent, guardian, or other person having lawful control; or (4) the child is homeless.
- In order to enroll into an Adult Education GED course, a 17 year-old needs to have the Adult Education Eligibility Form at the time of an GED Orientation.
• 16 year-old in GED course:
There is a separate exemption for a child attending a GED course who is at least 16 years old. This exemption applies if the student is recommended to take the course by a public agency that has supervision or custody of the child under a court order. Under Article 45.054, Code of Criminal Procedure, a justice or municipal court that finds that a child who is at least 16 years of age engaged in truant conduct may order the child to take a GED examination and to attend a preparatory course. The exemption applicable to a 16 year-old attending a GED course includes those enrolled in a Job Corps training program. These are the only conditions under which 16 year-olds are exempt from compulsory attendance due to attending a GED course.
- A 16 year-old needs to have a copy of the Court Order and an Adult Education Eligibility Form at the time of an GED Orientation.