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Basic Skills Programs

In Basic Skills programs, students have opportunities to build skills in reading, language, and math or to complete high school through either Adult High School or a GED Diploma program.

There are five program areas in the Basic Skills Department:
  1. Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  2. Adult High School (AHS)
  3. GED
  4. English as a Second Language (ESL)
  5. Basic Skills Classes are FREE!

    Placement testing is required for entry.
    (See more placement testing information below.)

    Information for Underage Students (Ages 16-17)

    Students ages 16 and 17 are not guaranteed admission into the Basic Skills Program. Students age 16 or 17 who are currently enrolled in high school are encouraged to contact their counselor or advocate prior to withdrawing.
    Johnston County Schools (JCS) offers a wide variety of alternative credit programs, and students ages 16 or 17 are strongly encouraged to learn of other options within JCS before withdrawing and applying to our Adult High School program.

    Students ages 16 and 17 must complete and return an application package. Packages may be picked up in the Elsee Building lobby on the main campus.
    After collecting the required documentation, students must return their application package to Dr. Angela Kearney’s office located in the Wilson Building, Academic Skills Center. Application packages will be reviewed, and students will be contacted regarding their admission application. Perspective students under the age of 18 must meet specific eligibility requirements for entry PRIOR to taking the placement test.

    Please contact Dr. Angela Kearney (919) 209-2531 for underage student information.

    Information for Adults (Ages 18 and older)

    Your First Step…
    Placement testing and orientation for the Adult High School Diploma (AHS) and GED Credentialing

    Placement testing is required for entry into all Basic Skills programs.
    Students should choose one testing session to attend. Sessions are offered in on the main campus in the Elsee Building, Room 135. You do not need to make an appointment prior to coming to a testing session.

    • We operate in an open lab setting; therefore, first come, first served basis.
    • The placement test will take you about an hour and a half to complete.
    • Children and guests are not allowed into the testing session with you.
    • Students are required to bring a picture ID with your name, picture and date of birth.
    • Please plan on staying 1.5 hours and finishing by closing times listed.
    • There is no cost for placement testing.

    Daytime Assessments:

    Wednesday or Thursday (8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon)
    Walk-ins accepted within this time frame.

    Evening Assessments:

    Tuesday or Wednesday (5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.).
    Walk-ins accepted within this time frame.

    After completing the assessment, students are given the day/time for orientation.


    Orientation is offered both day and evening for your convenience.
    Students should again bring their picture ID.
    Please plan on staying at orientation for 2 hours.
    During orientation students will receive your assessment scores, learn about both the GED and Adult High School program and receive your class schedule.

    For questions regarding placement testing, orientation, and class scheduling, contact:
    Jessica Rieger, at (919) 209-2065 or
    Thomas Currier, at (919) 209-2564 or
    Tovoya Dobbin, at (919) 209-2122.

Class locations include:

  • JCC/Smithfield Campus
  • JCC/Cleveland Center
  • Clayton High School
  • Kenly Adult Learning Center
  • Unity House of Selma
  • Johnston County Industries
  • Various other business locations, churches, and community buildings upon request.

Would you like to start a class in your community?

Would your church or business like to sponsor a new Basic Skills class at your site or in your community?
New classes may be established in locations with a minimum of 15 students. Call Jessica Rieger for details at (919) 209-2065 or email

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