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ESD 112Graduation Alternative Program (GAP)

Class Description:

Graduation Alternative ProgramGAP is a GED program offered in partnership with Educational Service District 112. The class is held at the Clark County Juvenile Court and has an enrollment of over 40 students, who range in age from 16-18. We know many probationers have not

been successful in both standard and alternative educational settings. The students in GAP are typically one to two years behind in their academic credits and have a history of failing in several other educational settings. GAP is shaped to fit the individual needs and goals of our probationers.

GAP has proven to be a setting in which a significant number of these youth have been able to achieve a high level of success, with a very high percentage receiving their GED certificates.

Class schedule

  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Students taking official GED Exams - Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. check-in
  • Orientation - Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.

Steps to earning a GED

  1. Referral is made by Probation Staff
  2. Attend Orientation Session / Receive Necessary Paperwork
  3. CASAS Testing / Return Necessary Paperwork
  4. Attending Class
  5. Taking the Official GED Exams
  6. Program completion

Criteria to take tests at Clark College

  • Complete and pass all required GAP pretests-with average of 450 on all tests (Science, Soc. Studies, Reading, Math, and Writing)
  • Complete and pass simulated test-50 questions
  • Complete a career portfolio
  • Pay all fines from previous school district
  • Turn in Request for Approval to Test Form
  • Show proof of state ID

Referral is made by Probation Staff

  • Probation staff will inform GAP staff about student to discuss current situation

Attend orientation session / Receive necessary paperwork

  • Attending orientation is MANDATORY
  • Orientation is held Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 a.m. - noon

CASAS testing / Return necessary paperwork

  • If students earn an acceptable score on testing, they may begin classes the next day
  • If scores are lower than acceptable on CASAS testing, the student must return on Thursday to complete 2 pre-tests before being admitted

Attending class

  • All required paperwork, including GAP forms and school district forms
  • Students must adhere to all rules expectations and attendance policy of the GAP class
  • Request for Approval to Test form must be completed before being released to test.

Taking the official GED exams

  • Students are now considered testers
  • Testers are Required to meet with GAP staff every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. - noon
  • Testers are required to share their test schedule with Probation Staff and GAP staff
  • Testers have 30 days to complete all 5 tests

Program completion

  • Once all 5 tests are passed, youth has completed the GAP program and are officially released
  • Youth receive GED certificate directly from Clark College
  • Graduation Ceremony is held each May

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Clark County Juvenile Court Administrator: Pat Escamilla
Street Address: 500 West 11th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000
Main phone: (360) 397-2201 | FAX: (360) 397-6109
Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388, then call (360) 397-2445

Responsible Elected Official: Presiding Judge Barbara D. Johnson

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