There is a Referral Center for High School Alternatives in each borough to help students find their best pathway to a diploma or the high school equivalency (formerly the GED) exam, and beyond. Guidance Counselors, Social Workers, and other Referral Center staff are present to help Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on days that schools are open.
You should contact a Referral Center if you are 21 years old or younger, live in New York City and don’t have a high school diploma, but want to continue your education and need additional support to re-connect with school.
If you are over 21 and interested in high school equivalency programs, education opportunities, or English language instruction, contact the Office of Adult and Continuing Education.
Please bring a photo ID and your most recent transcript, if you have them. If you have a copy of your individualized education plan (IEP), bring that too. Students who are 17 years old will need a parent or guardian present to enroll in a new school or Pathways to Graduation (P2G). 17 year olds choosing to enroll in P2G will also need school administrator approval.If you do not have a photo ID, ask the School Safety Agent at the entrance to call the Referral Center so that someone may accompany you to the center.
All Referral Centers are open schooldays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Students and families are encouraged to visit on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings to hear an overview session and meet with a guidance counselor or social worker. Students who choose to pursue a high school equivalency diploma will be asked to return on a Tuesday or Thursday to take a placement survey test.