Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency programs are available and are individualized to meet the learner's needs. Throughout the year, students can register for classes offered at two convenient Olean locations. Classes will be conducted at the Cattaraugus County One Stop office and the Cattaraugus County Building. In addition, classes are offered at the Salamanca Probation Office.
Those over 16 years old seeking a high school equivalency diploma (HSE) have a rare window of opportunity to earn a diploma without taking the traditional two-day test.
The State Department of Education has temporarily made it possible for Adult Basic Education teachers to recommend students, with approval from supervisor, be awarded a diploma if they have passed at least three pertinent Regents exams or three of the subtests that are usually required to apply to take the TASC (formerly GED) test.
Since 2018, the New York State Board of Regents approved regulatory changes to provide a fourth pathway to earn a New York State High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma.
Individuals who have passed Regents Examinations in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies can substitute those passing scores for a maximum of four of the five corresponding Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) subtests: reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.
The following table details which passed Regents Examinations will be allowed in place of the corresponding TASC™ subtests:
HSE Subject Area Credit
Any English language arts Examination
TASC™ Reading and Writing
Any Mathematics Regents Examination
Any Science Regents Examination
Any Social Studies Regents Examination
TASC™ Social Studies
The Olean City School District’s Community Schools office is offering in person classes and online learning during the Temporary Covid-19 guideline period to continue to serve students. Classes are at no cost to students who must be NYS residents.
Classes are offered as follows:
Mondays in Salamanca from 9-12 PM at 22 Broad Street,
Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Olean from 9:30-12:30 PM in the Olean Probation Office Conference room at the County Building
Fridays in Olean from 9-12 and 1-4 PM at the Onestop in Blue Bird Square.
Students will need to wear a mask and temperatures will be checked upon entering any office. Seats are limited in all classes following CDC guidelines. For additional information please contact the Community Schools Adult Education office at (716) 375-8046.