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Prospective Students

About the Helms Academy

  • Operated by Goodwill Industries of Southern NJ & Philadelphia in partnership with Camden County College, Temple University, the Community College of Philadelphia and others, The Helms Academy offers free general adult education and employment services that help individuals fulfill the necessary academic requirements to get their high school diploma while simultaneously earning college credits. Up to 30 college credits can be earned.
  • Flexible scheduling including online learning 24-7 is offered. Through The Helms Academy, students can focus on their education, while also developing a career path with the help of our job development and placement services.
  • Through the generous investment of Goodwill’s retail stores and individuals and companies who support the program, The Helms Academy is a free service that provides the best possible chance for students to succeed in the ever evolving workforce.

Who We Serve

  • Adults 18 and older who have left traditional secondary education and are unable to return due to age and/or circumstance.  Youth program offered for those 16+ with adult consent.

Why Get Your High School Diploma?

  • A high school graduate earns at least 50% more than a high school drop out in a lifetime.
  • Unemployment rates are double for those without a high school diploma.
  • 40% of those living in poverty lack a high school diploma.

Our Locations


  • HAMILTON: 1245 State Route 33, Hamilton, NJ 08690
  • MAPLE SHADE: 2835 Route 73, 2nd Floor, Maple Shade, NJ 08052
  • STRATFORD: 222 White Horse Pike, Stratford, NJ 08084
  • TOMS RIVER: 1 College Dr. (Ocean County College Youth Success Center), Toms River, NJ 08753


  • PHILADELPHIA (North): 1509 Cecil B. Moore Ave., 2nd Floor (Temple University), Philadelphia, PA 19121
  • PHILADELPHIA (North): Bright Hope Baptist Church, 1601 N. 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
  • PHILADELPHIA (Juniata Park): 1440 E. Erie Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19124
  • PHILADELPHIA (West): 4950 Parkside Ave, Unit B, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Enrollment Process

  • To schedule an intake, please call 856-566-5375 ex.2 (NJ programs) or 215-883-7492 (Philadelphia programs).
  • Fill out our form and a Helms Academy representative will call you.

Services Offered

  • School Preparation
  • Classroom & Virtual Learning
  • Educational Assessments
  • Basic Skills Instruction
  • Computer Literacy
  • Tutoring
  • Individualized Instruction
  • Up to 30 College Credits
  • Career Counseling & Preparation
  • Job Development & Placement
  • College Counseling
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)


The Helms Academy has dramatically changed the lives of many individuals living in the South Jersey-Philadelphia communities.

The Helms Academy staff really care about you and this makes a huge difference if you succeed or not. Now, I have a chance at a better future. Thank you, Goodwill, for a wonderful program that has changed my life.

Nancy Lafferty

The Helms Academy helped me realize that if you surround yourself with the right people and work hard, you can do whatever you set your mind to. I am well on my way now.

Ashley Hanna