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Career Academic Placement Program (CAP)

Capital City Alternative School Campus
2221 B Boling Street • Jackson, Mississippi 39213
Phone: 601-982-5221 • Phone: 601-982-5681• Fax: 601-713-1608
Site: Career Academic Placement Program

Dr. Shenetra Burse, Coordinator

About CAP

Career Academic Placement Program moved to the Capital City Alternative School building in 2006.

What is the CAP Program?

Career Academic Placement, also known as CAP, is a program designed for students who are seeking an alternative approach to a high school diploma. All students attending CAP must be enrolled in the Jackson Public School District. Students are assessed to determine their strengths and weaknesses. Once entry-level skills have been identified an Individualized Educational Career Plan (IECP) is developed. Many students enter lacking skills in reading, writing and math. With regular attendance, active class participation, practice and review, parental involvement, and good conduct, students may acquire knowledge needed to prepare for the GED Test.

Why should I attend the CAP program?

Students choose to attend the program because they have not succeeded at their regular high schools. The smaller classes (maximum of 15 students per class) allow teachers to provide individualized instruction. Through the program students are prepared for a productive adult life by addressing academic needs, personal needs, and acquiring career/technical skills.

CAP is composed of the following:

  • Assessment
  • Pre-GED Classes
  • GED Test Prep Classes 
  • Motivation
  • JMG Skill Training
  • Pre-employment Work Maturity

Who may enroll?

If you are enrolled in one of the eight Jackson Public High Schools, are at least 17 years old, have attempted 9th grade, have scored a grade equivalent of 8.0 or above on the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education), you meet the requirements for enrollment.

How do I enroll?

Contact your high school principal who will refer you to the CAP contact person at your high school. The contact person will screen you to make sure that you meet all entrance requirements and then refer you to the CAP coordinator.

Do I have to pay to attend the CAP program?

The CAP program is a Special Program of Jackson Public Schools; therefore, there are no fees to attend the program.

What is the GED Test like?

The General Educational Development (GED) Test is designed to measure academic outcomes students normally acquired by completing a typical high school program of study. Each of the five tests uses a multiple-choice question format. In addition, every GED candidate must satisfactorily complete a timed essay on an assigned topic. In order to pass the GED Test, the GED candidate must demonstrate a level of skill that meets or surpasses that of the top 60 percent of graduating high school seniors. The five parts of the test are:

    1. Language Arts, Writing, Part I (75 minutes)
      Language Arts, Writing, Part II (45 minutes)
    2. Social Studies, (70 minutes)
    3. Science (80 minutes)
    4. Language Arts, Reading (85 minutes)
    5. Mathematics (90 minutes)

How do I get ready to for testing?

Preparation, including regular class attendance and active class participation, is required of all students. Students must master GED objectives and skills outlined in their IECP.

How long does it take to complete the GED program?

Each student enters the CAP program functioning at a different level. Because this is an individualized self-paced program, no exact date can be determined; however, completion may range anywhere from two months until two years. After this period, if a student has not earned their GED, they may choose to continue in other adult education programs or a career/technical program at a community college.

When will I be allowed to take the test?

All students must demonstrate the ability to perform on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) at an 8th grade level on the overall battery of Level D or score a 450 on the Official GED Practice Test before they are eligible to take the GED Test.

Where will I take the GED Test?

Career Academic Placement coordinates a testing date with the Counseling/Testing Center at Hinds Community College, Raymond, Mississippi. Transportation to and from Hinds is arranged through Jackson Public Schools’ Transportation Department at no expense to the students.