To encourage people to become lifelong learners, the City School District of Albany offers the community a variety of continuing education courses taught at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in the fall, winter and spring. Additionally, we offer high school equivalency test prep to individuals studying for the TASC exam (formerly known as GED).
Who can register for continuing education classes?
Any person over the age of 18 is eligible to attend classes. Registration must be done in person at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 100 Elbel Court.
Full payment for classes is required at registration. Cash and check payments are acceptable.
Are you interested in teaching a continuing education class?
We are always looking for new class ideas. If you have an idea for a class you would like to teach, please contact us.
When are classes offered?
Classes are offered on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Fall classes run from September to December, winter classes run from December to March, and spring classes run from March to June.
Individual course prices are listed with course descriptions since prices typically vary. Refunds will be made only when a class has been canceled due to insufficient registration. Sorry, no refunds are made after the meeting of the first class.
Senior citizens (age 60 and above) will receive a 10 percent discount on all courses.
The classes listed can be given only if a sufficient number of adults sign up for a specific class. You may want to encourage others to register for the same course.
At the time of registration, the staff is willing to note other choices should your registered class be canceled. At least 12 people should register for a course before it can be guaranteed. Exceptions to this rule my be made at the discretion of the program's coordinator.
Room locations will be posted in the school entrance on the first night of class.
Materials and books
Where courses require special supplies, text, or materials students must supply or purchase them. Instructors may in some cases make purchases for students if students so desire.
Inclement weather/school closings
If day classes are canceled because of weather or other reasons, the evening classes also will be canceled. School cancellations are broadcast on local TV and radio stations.
Rules and regulations
Continuing education participants are required to abide by the regulations governing the school buildings. Smoking is prohibited in the building and on school grounds. The district is not responsible for any injuries incurred during the activities through the continuing education program. Any ensuing expenses will be borne by the participant.
Not every student makes it through high school. And those who don’t have a high school degree often have a hard time getting a job and earn less money when they do.
That’s why the City School District of Albany has a free program to help adults who didn’t finish high school prepare for the state’s high-school equivalency exam.
Test prep classes will be held in-person from 4:30-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Tony Clement Center for Education, 395 Elk. St.
Each student will receive personalized instruction that is tailored to meet his or her individual needs. Instruction is done by a certified teacher who works with students to overcome their challenges so they can successfully pass the exam and earn a high-school equivalency diploma.
Class size is limited to 15. You must take the test-prep class in order to take the test. A student’s level of preparedness will determine when he or she can take the test. Also, students must be over 21 years old and residents of the City of Albany.
About the test
The exam, called the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), replaced the GED in 2002 as the only free exam leading to a high school equivalency diploma from the state.
The exam tests student skills in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. You can learn more about TASC by visiting the State Education Department's website.
Students who pass all sections of the test will earn a high school equivalency degree from New York State.
Once students are prepared, the can take the test through the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center High School Equivalency Testing Center, which has ongoing testing appointments available. Students also can take the test at a center of their choosing.
How do I sign up?
You will need to take a placement test before classes begin to determine your level of understanding in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Only students who test at the eighth grade level or higher will be accepted into the program. Other students will be referred to BOCES.
You can sign up for the placement exam and get more information by contacting the coordinator.