National External Diploma Program (NEDP)

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The Program

Earn a traditional high school diploma on your own time!

The National External Diploma Program (NEDP) provides a unique way for adults to earn a high school diploma. The program allows adults to demonstrate their high school level skills by applying their life experiences in real-life situations.

NEDP awards a traditional high school diploma to adults who have acquired many of their high school level abilities through work, family, and community experiences. NEDP is not a traditional instructional program. Instead, it provides the opportunity for participants to demonstrate their skills and knowledge. Because NEDP participants are adults, the program structure offers considerable flexibility. Participants complete parts of the program at home and the other parts in a series of meetings on-site with a trained NEDP facilitator, advisor and assessor.

The program consists of two phases: the Diagnostic Phase and the Assessment Phase. In the Diagnostic Phase, an NEDP advisor evaluates the participant’s basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, and completes a survey of prior life experiences.

Once the participant has met the requirements of the Diagnostic Phase, the Assessment Phase begins. In this phase, the participant demonstrates writing, speaking, mathematics, problem-solving, reading, and critical thinking academic skills through the performance of real-life tasks and the development of a participant learner portfolio. Embedded in these real-life tasks are 65 individual competencies. A trained NEDP assessor determines that the participant has demonstrated each of these competencies with 100% accuracy.

Please view the complete list of NEDP Competencies on the attached document. (For more information, visit the NEDP site at ). The Assessment Phase also requires that each participant satisfy an individualized competency. This is verified through an assessment in one of the following:
-Advanced Academic Competency
-Occupational/Vocational Competencies
-Specialized Competencies

A final oral and written exam will complete the Assessment Phase. Once the NEDP participant has satisfied all Assessment Phase requirements, a high school diploma is awarded from a Rhode Island high school.

Time Commitment

An average English for Action learner is obtaining their high school diploma through the NEDP program in 4-7 months. The time a learner needs to invest per week in order to achieve this goal is: 12-13 hours of class plus 3-5 hours of independent study. Currently, classes run Mon-Thurs 6.30-8.30pm and Saturdays 1-6pm with additional computer class support for those who need it on Sundays 2.30-4.30pm. Weekday and Saturday classes are mandatory.  Sunday classes are optional.


The current cost of the NEDP class is $275.00 that can be paid in two installments.


Participants enrolling in the NEDP program need to be 21 years old and up.


Should a learner be unable to score high enough to enroll in the NEDP program, a Prep Class to prepare you for NEDP will be available for $70 per trimester.

Información de Contacto / Contact Information

Cristina Cabrera

Facilitadora del Programa de Escuela Secundaria
High School Program Facilitator
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401- 421- 3181