Community Education

Frequently Asked Questions
I am new to the area and to Hawthorne.  How do I enroll in school?

Schedule an appointment to register for classes by calling 507 328 4440.  Please bring photo identification and proof of residency (green card, if you are not a citizen).  At the appointment, you will take a test and be placed in a class based on the results of the test.Please allow time for the registration process and the test.

What times are classes offered?

Classes are offered mornings and afternoons.  Hawthorne Education Center is open Monday-Thursday during the regular school year and Monday-Wednesday during the summer session. See the Hawthorne Calendar tab for the current school calendar.  See the Hawthorne Course Offering tab for current course information.

Can I bring my children with me to school?

There is no daycare available at Hawthorne Education Center.  Only students who participate in the Rochester Family Literacy program, in which parents and their children attend school together, can have children at Hawthorne.

I was a student at Hawthorne previously.  Can I come back to school?

All students are welcome to return to Hawthorne Education Center.  Call 507 328 4440 to make an appointment to return to school.

I am 16? Can I get my GED?

NO! The legal age for GED applicants in Minnesota is 17 years old.  (Age Waiver Approval from the State of MN is required for 17 and 18 years old.)
For further information about the GED test here at Hawthorne, click here to go to our GED webpage.

How much does it cost to get the GED?

GED preparation is FREE. However, there is a charge for each of the actual tests.  There are FOUR parts to the GED Test and the fee is $30 PER TEST.

How long will it take me to complete the GED?

The length of time will be different for each student, based on the student's entry level and academic background.

English is not my first language.  Can I study English at Hawthorne?

Yes, you can. English Language learning is available to adults (17 years of age and older) who are not native English Speakers. We have seven levels of English language learning and your level will be assessed when you come to enroll in a class.

How much does it cost to study English at Hawthorne?

English language classes are FREE for permanent U.S. residents.  If you are visiting temporarily, then fees are required.

When do English Language classes take place?

Our English learning program operates on a ten-week quarterly schedule, all year round.  New students can enter a class at any time.

What will I learn in my English class at Hawthorne?

Beginning and intermediate courses provide instruction and practice in reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar.  Advanced courses provide instruction and practice in conversation, pronunciation, reading, writing and preparation for College.  

How do find out more about learning English at Hawthorne?

Please call us on 507 328 4440 to make an appointment to enroll in a class. You can also contact for more information.

Can I study at home, as well as in school?

Yes, we have a number of Distance Learning options.  You can check out our Distance Learning page here

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