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Vision For Adult Education

To be a vital force in building better communities by enabling adults to achieve self-sufficiency, attain meaningful careers, and develop a love of lifelong learning and civic participation.

Mission For Adult Education

To provide high quality instruction in the basic academic skills needed for a variety of high school equivalency, workplace, and post-secondary entrance tests. In addition to these credentials that are foundational for meaningful career paths, the program prepares students to contribute to their communities and develop essential workplace skills.


Adult Learning and Career Preparation

Merrick House provides classes for adults to prepare for their high school equivalency test and many common workplace tests including the WorkKeys Assessment and TABE.

Classes are free and everyone has an individual timeframe for completion. Morning and evening classes use a blend of one-on-one instruction and group lessons. Class times are as follows:  Monday-Thursday, 9am-12pm; Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:00-8:00pm. We encourage a minimum attendance rate of 2 days per week for these classes so that students may reach their goals within an acceptable timeframe. Online study modules are available to all registered students.

A bilingual (Spanish/English) high school equivalency class will be held on Mondays and Thursdays at Esperanza, 3104 W 25th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44109 starting January 9, 2016 from 4:30-6:00pm. Registration will be held in-person during the first week of class (1/9  & 1/12).

In addition, we offer an accelerated, highly-structured 12-week Adult education class in the afternoons from 12:30-3pm Monday- Thursday. For this class, there is a minimum attendance policy of 3 days per week. Planned sessions for the accelerated class are as follows:

                January 17 – May 25th with orientation taking place on January 6th & 13th

            The 2014 computer-based High School Equivelancy test was implemented on January 2, 2014. To ensure that students are adequately prepared, Merrick House has updated its curriculum and classroom equipment. There are four computer stations in the classroom, and technology is integrated into daily lessons. Books, websites, and other educational materials support the Common Core State Standards and 2014 content.


Orientation is a two day process that must be completed before students may begin classes. Orientations are held on the first two Fridays of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You must bring a valid photo ID with you. If you are under 19 years of age, you must have an official withdrawal form from school. During orientation a pre-test is given that will evaluate areas in which help is needed.

Upcoming orientations:

August 4th and 11th 

September 1st and 8th

October 6th and 13th

November 3rd and 10th

December 1st and 8th

Orientations start promptly at 9:00 AM and take 3-4 hours to complete.

To get more information or to sign up for the program, contact Jessica Untch

(216) 771-5077


  • Morning classes (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 
  • Afternoon classes (12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) will be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (Enrollment is limited for the afternoon class because it is a structured, 11-week session)
  • Evening classes (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays 
  • Extra tutoring available by special appointment


Enroll in GED Classes at Merrick House and Reach Your Goals!
(Published in Tremonster on June, 2016)

In life you are sure to run into many obstacles, but you should never let them keep you from accomplishing your dreams or goals. Here is a story of one student who overcame the odds:

 Juan Montanez is a 58-year-old veteran who grew up in a tough neighborhood in Chicago. To escape the poverty and violence around him, he joined the army at the age of seventeen and served in Panama where he was trained as a Combat Medic. After an honorable discharge, Juan returned to Chicago and embarked on a music career. He always had a talent for music, and he played as a percussionist with bands in the Latin night clubs. Although his music career was very successful, Juan became too involved with the darker aspects of night life and developed an addiction to drugs and alcohol.

After struggling for many years, Juan joined a church support group that helped him overcome his addictions. He played music for the church, got a job as a CNC programmer in a factory, and got married. Several years later, however, everything fell apart. He got a divorce and relapsed into drug use. He checked into the Matt Talbot Inn, a rehab facility in Cleveland, where he completed a 60-day recovery program.

While Juan was a client at the Matt Talbot Inn, counselors saw something special in him. They told him that if he stayed sober and got his GED, they would hire him to help mentor the younger residents at the facility. Juan passed his GED test in March 2016 and immediately enrolled at Cuyahoga Community College in a Chemical Dependency Counseling certificate program. He has a deep desire to give back to his community and is grateful for every opportunity to do so.

When asked what advice Juan has for adults without a high school diploma, he replied that it’s never too late to go back to school.

Merrick House offers GED classes at 1050 Starkweather Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44113 on Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-12:00pm and 12:30-3:00pm. There is an evening class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-8:00pm. Orientation is held on the first two Fridays of every month from 9:00am-12:00pm. New students must attend both days of orientation. For more information, call (216) 771-5077. Merrick House is a partner of Parma ABLE and a member of the Ohio Association of Adult and Continuing Education (OAACE).

Written by Jessica Untch, Director of Adult Education at Merrick House, and Veronica Ball, Student in the Adult Learning Program.


Read another testimonial from Carlos, a GED graduate who immigrated to America as a teenager.

Read another testimonial from Teira, a GED graduate.


New Bi-lingual High School equivelancy classes at Esparanza.   Click here for the English flyer or click here for the Spanish flyer.


Funded in part by Parma City Schools ABLE, City of Cleveland Community Development Block Grants, The Reinberger FoundationDollar General Literacy Foundation, and private donations.


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