High School Equivalency (HSE)

Exam Preparation for Out Of School Youth


Did you leave high school before earning your diploma and are you now looking to take your High School Equivalency exam? The High School Equivalency (HSE) program can help prepare you for the exam that can move you beyond entry-level careers and salaries, and increase your success the rest of your life.


HSE is a free* classroom-based program, with flexible scheduling that can accommodate work and home responsibilities. Students learn from skilled teachers, mentors and counselors, as well as from each other, and are invited to participate in a year-end Bergen County-wide graduation ceremony.

Greater Bergen Community Action
  • Residents of Bergen County and neighboring counties

  • Ages 16-24

  • Have not received a high school diploma

  • Must be US citizen or have legal US residency.

  • Open enrollment: enter at any time of the year

  • Classroom setting, with online learning tools

  • Self-paced learning

  • Prepare for the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) , focusing on all subject areas

  • Learn skills to excel at your job and be self-sufficient

  • Planning for next steps after graduation: college, employment, military, etc.

*free for eligible participants


Our classes are tuition-free.

This program is funded by the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development.



541 Midland Avenue

Garfield, NJ 07026

Cliffside Park

263 Lafayette Avenue

Cliffside Park, NJ 07010

  1. Call: (973) 685-0005 x7150

  2. Go to your appointment with:

    1. Social Security card

    2. Photo ID (for instance, driver’s license)

    3. Birth certificate or green card and passport

    4. Proof of address (Driver’s license or utility bill)

    5. Proof of family income (last two pay stubs, or tax return)

    6. Non-enrollment Form (will be provided by the ETC staff)

    7. Parent or guardian, if younger than 18 years old


(973) 685-0005 x1050


“You have helped us in so many ways both academically and with your support. My sister and I came from Florida withnothing but the hopes of bettering ourselves. Now, we are on our way to starting our degrees.”

Ricky E.

“GBCA’s HSE program met my needs because it was a flexible program. I was pregnant and was able to go to the prenatal doctor’s visits, attend classes, and study. I received great support from my Client Coordinator, who made sure I regularly went to the doctor and studied.  I was able to go home to have lunch and when I did not feel well.  Despite my academic progress when I was in the regular high school classroom setting, being able to learn on the computer made it easier for me to learn at a comfortable pace.  This allowed me to pass my HSE Test.  I am grateful today that my life’s journey took a turn for the better.  I have been blessed with a 16-month old daughter who is a wonderful bundle of joy and get married. I am happy the HSE program came into my life.   My future plans are to continue college in the education field, and I hope to become a Certified NJ State Teacher.”

Mildred B.

“My teacher is by far one of the most loving and helpful teachers I’ve ever had the pleasure of having. She was always supportive and loving, she showed us care. To this day she continues to help us. We were extremely fortunate to have her in our Lives. She is a blessing. She is an amazing teacher and an even better person. Thank you for everything."

Nicole M.​

Greater Bergen Community Action

Greater Bergen Community Action is a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit Community Action Agency. Established in 1967, Greater Bergen is part of a nationwide network of poverty-fighting enterprises which were established as part of the nation’s effort to address the intractable and persistent problem of poverty in America.


Contact Us

GBCA Headquarters
392 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601


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Registered 501(c)(3). EIN: 22-1818014