Whitewater Adult Education offers free classes to help students prepare for the high school equivalency (HSE) exam along with tools and skills you need to find a job and/or go to college. Funded by Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the classes are dedicated to changing the future of those students who didn’t finish high school. There is no timeline here, and no way to tell you how quickly you’ll receive your equivalency, but the more focused and dedicated you are, the faster you will achieve what you want. Classes offered in Connersville, Rushville, and Liberty.

A Typical Student

The typical student didn’t finish high school because life got in the way. Some students had to take care of family members, so they left high school to start working and making money. Other students had their own children and had to leave to get a job and make money to support their families. For some students, maturity played a big role and whatever decisions they made, they are reversing now. Every Adult Education student enters the program with one common goal: finishing what they started. Adult Education students are ready to finally get what they need to make positive, lifelong changes.


First, students  contact the office and schedule an intake session. During the 2-day (4 to 6 hours needed) intake session, students will complete some paperwork asking for basic information and then complete a pretest. This pretest is not pass or fail, but it is important; the pretest places the student into a National Reporting System (NRS) level.  The pretest, broken into three subjects of Reading, Math, and Language Arts, will determine the student’s strengths and weaknesses and allows the teachers to know how to best work with the student going forward. For example, one student may place in the 11th grade equivalency in Language and Reading, but in the 5th grade equivalency in Math. This gives everyone an idea on what the coursework should contain. Classes are typically smaller sessions with experienced, understanding and helpful instructors dedicated to seeing their students succeed. Classes are Monday – Thursday from 8:30-11:30 a.m., 12:00-3:00 p.m. or 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Attendance Policy

Students may have no more than 3 absences, or 9 classroom hours, in a 30-day period (which starts on your first day in the classroom after having paid the $25 fee).  These absences include arranged doctor/dentist, etc. appointments, family emergencies, and all other reasons that you may have for missing class.  You will make all appointments outside of class time on Monday – Thursday or on Friday.  Being late for class and leaving class early, may also be counted towards your 3 absences (9 classroom hours).  After 3 absences, you will be given work to do (distance learning) and sent home for 30 days.  After the 30 days, you will need to bring completed work back to school as you meet in a conference with Amy Engle, Adult Basic Education Coordinator, in order to be admitted back to class.

Refund/Fee Policy for WAE 2019-20

Adult Education student enrolling in classes will pay a $25 fee during enrollment.  Enrollment will occur after student completes Steps 1 – 6 of Orientation.  This fee covers rental on books and instructional materials for participants to use in class or take home.  Students will receive a refund on the $25 fee when completing their HSE.  If students state that this fee is a financial hardship, the fee may be waived or paid on installments as arranged through the WAE Coordinator.

How to Prepare

Call us!  You don’t need any supplies. We provide pencils, paper, workbooks, calculators, etc.! Students always want to know how long it will take. So again, remember, the fastest way to get your HSE is to be in class, on time, every time. So do your best to arrange childcare, transportation, work schedules, etc. around the class schedule so that you can dedicate yourself to class as often as possible. If you are 16 or 17, we will need an official Exit Interview from the high school. State policy will not allow you to take the test if you are under 18 and do not have a signed exit interview.