High School Equivalency/GED – New and Returning Student Registration


Currently, orientation and classes are offered in a hybrid (hyflex) model: in-person and/or online classes. Students can choose to attend the same class in person or online.


Academic Career Education (ACE) Classes

Prepare for GED or HiSet exams – the exams recognized by the state of New Mexico for the High School Equivalency (HSE) credential. The SFCC ACE Program offers students classroom-based instruction in the four areas required for HSE exams – math, reading and writing, social studies, and science. We also help boost your academic skills to prepare you for college courses and certificate programs.

The semester is divided into two 8-week sessions.  Classes are offered in the mornings and evenings. Classes conducted in Spanish are offered in the mornings, evenings, and Saturdays.

Orientation and Registration: Fall 2024

New students and returning students who have not participated since Fall of 2023 are required to attend a four-day orientation program before enrolling in classes. Morning and evening orientation options are available. Morning orientation runs from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Evening orientation runs from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. During orientation, you will learn more about the program expectations and structure, and you will take a Reading, Math, and Language test that will help to determine which classes to take. You will also have the opportunity to meet with an advisor and plan your individual course of study.

Fall 2024 orientation and classes will be offered in a hybrid (hyflex) model: in-person and/or online classes.

We do NOT have new student orientation or admission in the Summer.

The ACE program divides the academic semesters into two sessions with a mandatory 4-day orientation plus a 30-minute advising session, prior to the start of each session.

Sessions Start and End Dates- Fall 2024

  • Fall 2024 Session A: August 19th- October 11th  (Accepting applications)
  • Fall 2024 Session B: October 14th  – December 6th 

(Applications are now open for Fall 2024 Session A- Applications close on July 31st)

To receive details on the online orientation, you must submit an online application.  Please submit an application for the fall semester. 

Apply here: Fill out an online application

Fall 2024 –  New Student Orientation – Required for enrollment

New students, or students who have not attended the ACE program since the Spring of 2023, are required to attend all four days of new student orientation plus a 30-minute advising session, before enrolling in classes. Morning and evening orientation programs are available. Morning orientation programs run from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm all four days. Evening orientation programs run from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm all four days.

Students are required to complete all four days of orientation (testing and advising) to be enrolled in classes. 

Fall 2024 Orientation Schedule 

Fall 2024 Session A: August 5th-9th

Monday, August 5th          Program overview and requirements

Tuesday, August 6th           Pre-test: Math

Wednesday, August 7th      Pre-test: Reading

Thursday,  August 8th         Pre-test: Language

Friday, August 9th                Advising

Orientation Fall Session B: September 30th – October 4th

Special Requirements for Underage Students

If you are 16 or 17, you need to submit a completed Underage Permission form to the SFCC Adult Education Department before classes start. You can submit an application and participate in orientation without the form, but you will need to submit the complete Underage Permission Form by the first week of classes. This form is your official release from the public school system. It must be signed by your current/last school district superintendent designee or a school official if your last school was a charter school. Homeschooled students must also complete the form.  If it is a formal homeschool under a district, the superintendent designee should sign.  If parent/guardian withdrew the student and is the official educator, then parent signs. Both the legal guardian/parent and the school official need to sign the form.

If you were attending a school in the Santa Fe Public Schools District please contact Amanda Grundler at SFPS Equity, Diversity, and Engagement to schedule an appointment. This appointment is required in order to have your form signed.

Amanda Grundler



It is important that you submit the completed form to kristen.krell@sfcc.edu before classes start.

Returning Students:  If you are a returning student from Fall 2023 you do not need to attend orientation. Please contact an ACE advisor to be enrolled in classes.

  • Kristen Krell – kristen.krell@sfcc.edu
  • Sutapa Chatterjee – sutapa.chatterjee@sfcc.edu 
  • Christopher Cretella – christopher.cretella@sfcc.edu                                                                                                                                                                                                         

For information about classes and enrollment please contact Kristen Krell, ACE Program Manager at kristen.krell@sfcc.edu or call 505-428-1142.