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Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Tuesday night
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Transition Counselors

  • Available at each school site to assist students
  • Prepares and assists students for transition into a career and or post-secondary endeavors
  • Utilizes assessments to measure student interests and aptitude for careers
  • Provides guided practice for resume writing and development of employability skills
  • Liaison for transitioning students to work, military, on-the-job training and/or enrollment into post-secondary institutions



Complete all forms, with parent/guardian signatures if under 18 years of age. You must be at least 16 years old to attend adult school.

Pay tuition $30.00.

Take required entrance exam, TABE. You will need to schedule an appointment. (plan to be in attendance 2-3 hours for testing).

Have withdrawal form from current school, if applicable.

Present official transcript (sealed from institution) or complete transcript request form to be sent to the adult school (course work cannot be assigned until transcript is received).

Tips for Taking the TABE- Test of Adult Basic Education


• Be positive and do your best.

• Relax, it’s normal to be somewhat nervous before taking a test. Don’t worry!

• Be sure you can hear the instructions and understand them.

• Listen to and read the directions for each test section carefully. Ask for an explanation of the directions if you do not understand them.

• Plan your time well. Each test section is timed. Do not spend too much time on any one test question. If it takes too long to answer a question, skip it and return to it later, if time permits. First respond to all questions of which you are certain of the answer.

• Before answering a question, be sure you know what is being asked. For example, a test question might say, “Which of these is not an even number?” If you read the question too quickly, you may miss the word not and answer incorrectly.

• Do not read into a question something that is not there. There are no trick questions in the TABE.

• When marking your answers on a separate answer sheet, make sure you mark the circle that goes with the answer you choose. Be sure to fill in the answer circles neatly and completely; carelessness can cause you to get a low score. If you realize you have been marking your answers in the wrong place, let the proctor or examiner know immediately.

• Trust your instincts. If you know a lot about a subject (reading, mathematics or language), the first answer you select probably will be the best. When rechecking, change an answer only when you are sure that your first answer choice was wrong. If you are not sure how to answer a question, rule out answer choices that you know are incorrect. Then mark your best guess.

• Remember that the score you will receive on the TABE is only one way to measure your skills. The TABE will show you the skills you have now and those you need to learn. You cannot fail the TABE.





Florida Department of Education

Senior Educational Program Director

Zelda Rogers

Florida’s adult education system includes a range of instructional programs that help adults get the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members, and citizens. The major program areas are Adult Basic Education (ABE), Adult Secondary Education (ASE), and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and English language competency. Adult education programs also help adult learners gain the knowledge and skills they need to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

Adult learners enrolled in ASE can earn a high school diploma or its equivalent by successfully passing the General Education Development (GED) test (not available in Gulf County).



Graduation Requirements



The Gulf District Adult Education program enables students to complete the requirements to earn a Standard Diploma for Adult High School Students, Certificate of Completion and co-enrollment courses of study.

Course requirements are in accordance with standards established by the state. The program of instruction is based on the State of Florida adult education frameworks and the Florida Standards. Instructional methodologies may include, but are not limited to, traditional lecture instruction, competency and performance-based adult education, distance learning and computer-assisted instruction. The Adult High School curriculum framework is correlated to the Florida State Standards and courses offered are the same as those in the K-12 program. Any student who withdraws from the regular high school program and enrolls in the adult school, and earns credits, shall not be permitted to re-enroll in the regular school program if 18 years of age or older, except by approval of the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and the principal.


Diploma for Adult High School Students

The Gulf District Adult Education program provides courses of study for an adult standard high school diploma. To obtain an adult standard high school diploma, a student must earn the required 24 credits or the Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) option of 18 credits and successfully complete all statewide standardized assessments or attain a recognized concordant or comparative score. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for all adult education students.

Students enrolled prior to January 2013 may follow their educational plan already in place. Students enrolled after this date should follow the requirements listed in the Adult High School Technical Assistance Guide provided by the Florida Department of Education.

To determine graduation requirements for AHS students who are not enrolled in the K-12 educational system, the following shall apply:

1.   Students entering AHS, whose 9th grade cohort group has not graduated, must meet the graduation requirements based on the year that the student entered the 9th grade.


2.   Students whose cohort group has graduated must follow the graduation requirements based upon the year they entered AHS.  


3.   Students entering AHS who are not a part of a 9th grade cohort (from another country, never entered high school, etc.), must meet the current 12th grade cohort graduation requirements that are in effect for the year they enter AHS.


4.   Students that are continuously enrolled from the time they withdraw from the K-12 system and enroll in adult education will follow the requirements of their 9th grade cohort.


5.   The number and type of credits required and the GPA must be determined by the year the student entered grade nine if prior to 1986. Students entering grade nine prior to 1997-98 had to achieve a 1.5 cumulative GPA on courses taken prior to June 30, 1997, and a 2.0 cumulative GPA on courses taken July 1, 1997 and thereafter.

6.   The one credit in physical education required for graduation is not required for adult education and shall be substituted with elective credit, keeping the total credits needed for graduation. The laboratory component of the science requirement is waived. Any course listed within the Department of Education Course Code Directory in the areas of art, dance, drama or music may be undertaken by adult secondary education students. The one credit in performing fine arts is not required for graduation and shall be substituted with an elective credit that is consistent with the total credits needed for graduation.

7.   The credit acceleration program (CAP) allows a student to earn high school credit if the student passes a statewide course assessment without enrollment in the course. The courses include the following subjects: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, U.S. History, and Biology I.

8.   Students with disabilities who have withdrawn and enrolled in adult general education are not eligible for an FCAT or EOC assessment waiver. If an adult high school student with a disability has not yet reached age 22, the student has the option of re-enrolling in school (K-12 system) and requesting an eligibility staffing for ESE.

9.   Adult education students are not subject to certain college readiness accountability requirements related to the K-12 system.

10. Students not mastering any assessments required for earning an adult standard high school diploma shall be provided special instructional assistance in order to remediate deficiencies.

11. A student may substitute a concordant score to the meet the reading graduation requirements. Passing scores for the FCAT and acceptable concordant scores for the ACT and SAT, and EOC assessments and PERT math assessment where required, are listed at There are no requirements regarding the number of attempts, if any, on the statewide assessment, before a concordant score may be applied.

12. If a student enrolls in AHS and his/her 9th grade cohort group has graduated, his/her graduation requirements will be determined by the passing scores in effect for the current graduating class.


Certificate of Completion

An adult education student may receive a certificate of completion if he/she meets the following criteria:

1. Meets the graduation requirement for the total number of credits earned; AND

2. Meets the graduation requirements for the number of credits earned in the specific subject areas; AND

3. Does not pass the required testing as set forth in Florida State Statute; AND/OR

4. Does not meet the GPA requirements for graduation.


Co-Enrolled High School Students

A student who is behind one or more credits may enroll in the Gulf District Adult School’s extended day program as a co-enrolled student to earn no more than one credit per semester. Students that are at risk of not graduating with their 9th grade cohort may enroll in the co-enrollment program. Students enrolled in the co-enrollment program are exempt from the payment of the block tuition for adult education programs. The student must exhibit exemplary behavior and attend a minimum of six hours per month in order to earn a minimum of .5 credit per semester to remain enrolled. Students who co-enroll and fail to meet the requirements will not be allowed to continue co-enrollment or to re-enroll as a co-enrolled student that school year. Student enrollment is limited to core curricula courses for credit recovery or dropout prevention.

Criteria for enrolling into an AHS co-enrolled program:

  1. Students must be at least 16 years.

  2. Must have permission from both the high school principal and the adult school principal.

  3. Students must not have a pattern of excessive absenteeism or habitual truancy, or a history of disruptive behavior.

Contact Information


Billy Hoover


Adult/Alternative Education

Phone: (850) 639-9292

Fax: (850) 639-6102


Port St. Joe

(850) 227-1744

Melody Nelson



(850) 639-9292

Billy Hoover