Thank you so much for considering helping our program! It does not matter the amount, your contribution will help make the difference for our students. All donations are tax deductible.

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When young adults aspire to a better future and make the effort to receive an education, they improve their chances for a safer and better-paid job. There is a great need for education in the Hispanic community. Statistically, Hispanics show lower educational attainment and receive the lowest salaries compared to other racial groups. Our program can help close those gaps.

Most of our students are young adults and parents of young children, or they will become parents in the near future. Not only can they improve their quality of life for their families with a high school equivalent education, but also their children may feel motivated to continue their own education after watching their parents. These opportunities are important considering that the highest school dropout rates come from Hispanic students.

We have seen that many other Hispanic adults around our students get inspired to educate themselves. As our students reach their goals, their spirits and confidence rise. For our graduates, the dream of a college education now becomes reachable. When those in need improve their lives and have hope, we are all better off. We can change a community a student at a time. Be part of this change. Please consider donating to our program.


Centro Hispano Marista offers preparation for the GED® accreditation for young Hispanic adults who seek academic growth. Our GED® classes were held on the Marist School campus, located at 3790 Ashford-Dunwoody Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30319, every Tuesday from 7 to 9 pm, from September to May. With the pandemic, we offer the same classes but online throughout the year.

Classes are provided to pass the official GED® test in the state of Georgia, in either Spanish or English. Passing the GED® examination certifies that the tester has an equivalent for an American High School education. The state of Georgia issues their diploma after passing all their tests.

The number and level of classes required and the estimated time to graduate is based on student placement tests, post-tests and GED Ready® test results. Many of our students receive a registration and enrollment letter, but only after they have demonstrated their commitment to complete the GED® program. This letter is provided to students after one semester of their continued attendance.

All your instructors are dedicated professionals who volunteer to teach our students, which allow us to offer affordable tuition. Despite their busy lives, they take the time and effort to help our students succeed at their GED® tests and to give students some mentoring advice for life. Our volunteers are highly educated professionals, some of them are long-time teachers. All our faculty members have undergraduate degrees and most have decades of experience, masters, or doctoral degrees. Our faculty and some Marist School volunteers generated 2,010 volunteer/hours per year.

The program has demonstrated its effectiveness in preparing adult learners to pass the GED® exams. We have had graduations that ranges between 46 to 83 graduates per year since in our 2016. These great achievements are the result of the team effort of teachers, tutors, subs, volunteers, students, our leadership team, and our sponsors. 


This program, which teaches the basic subject matter to enable students to pass the GED® exam, is funded primarily by Marist School in-kind contributions, private donations, and modest student semester fees of $120. We still need help to cover 20% of our budget. Centro Hispano Marista is a non-profit program. You can click to see or download the Marist School 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status letter from the IRS.

We want this program to keep running and we need your help. Your donations can help us better serve and prepare our students. We need your contributions to sustain and build our program, to reach more deserving young Hispanics, and to increase graduation rates in our community.

Consider helping Centro Hispano Marista and together we can effectively help our community. For more details, please contact Father Bill Rowland, Marist School president. Father Rowland can be reached at


We had received the generous support from the following organizations, as well as personal contributions from students, teachers, and other benefactors.

Society of Mary

Diego Family

Bundschuh Family

Taboada Family

Cathi Callahan

MacGinnitie Family

Arias Family

Kim Kingsfield

Nic Lancelotta (Vino Club)

Christine Buckis

Kathy Parker

Judy Steffi

Freed Family

Michaud Family

John and Kathy Seggerson

Valencia Family

Palmisano Family

Dollar Family

Patrick Waldron

Rief Family

Montague Family

Calia Family

Dessables Family

Herrera Family

Werner Family

O’Donoghue Family

Orman Family

Bieze Family

Negus Family

Rusty and Nancy Schaefer

Prieto Family

Gastaldi Family

Rene Rodriguez

Patrick Waldron

Vicky Gastaldi

Cecilia Phillips

Leticia Valencia

Collaborators and sponsors:

Marist School National Honor Society

Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce