Santa Maria Community Services offers free High School Equivalency preparation and test registration services to low-income individuals age 16+ in an effort to develop a community which empowers individuals to improve their lives and neighborhoods through education, while inspiring them to work, learn, and grow.

The services combine classroom, small group, and one-on-one instruction to prepare students to take the Ohio HSE tests, and includes contracted High School Equivalency preparation services for the Hamilton County Adult Probation Department and the Camp Washington Neighborhood Center.

The fundamental premise behind these free services are to use education to break generational cycles of poverty. High School Equivalency preparation classes prepare students to take the Ohio HSE examinations and/or increase their basic skills to a functioning level. We believe that education is the most important vehicle to better employment and self-sufficiency, and we seek to develop character and civic responsibility within those who participate in our programs through positive interactions and relationship building with staff and volunteers.

The agency also partners with Dohn Community High School’s 22+ Adult Diploma Program. This innovative program is offered, at no cost to the student, to all persons 22 years of age or older who wish to earn a fully accredited high school diploma. The 22+ program honors all previously earned credits, state testing results, and may award credit for work experience. Students must fulfill the requirements of the State of Ohio that were in effect at the time they entered ninth grade. This allows learners to complete coursework that they were unable to finish during high school without redundancy. To ensure a smooth transition into college or career pathways, both guidance and support are personalized for each individual graduate, empowering them to realize their dreams as they exit the program.

Literacy Center West
3208 Warsaw Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45205
Phone: 513-557-4060
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