Basic & Transitional Studies

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Be sure to report your vaccine or exemption status (Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese).

New students: Please fill out the BTS Application for ESL, GED, or High School + classes

BTS Application

Apply now for Winter Quarter!

Classes may be in-person or virtual. If you are returning after taking a break, please contact us to get registered.

Do you have questions?

  • Get help in person on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays from 9 a.m - 3:30 p.m. in Room 3122 on Central’s main campus. Campus Entry Procedures.
  • Call or email us at 206.934.4180 or btsinfo@seattlecolleges.edu
  • Join us through Zoom – see hours below.

Zoom Drop-In Hours for general questions about ESL, ABE, GED, and HS+ classes

Mondays:

  • 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Connect here (ZOOM)

Basic & Transitional Studies offers a variety of programs to help learners of all levels, providing the education needed to prepare for college and career readiness.

English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered to help non–native speakers to communicate in English.

Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes are for adults who are already proficient in the English language but wish to improve their basic reading, writing and math skills. ABE classes are also for a student whose placement test results require that they improve their basic skills before they head into college–level courses.

General Educational Development

General Educational Development (GED®) prep classes are available to prepare for taking the GED® test, a placement test that qualifies one for college–level courses.

High School +

High School + is for adult students who don’t have a high school diploma or a GED. HS+ students can receive a high school diploma by demonstrating their competence in reading, writing, and math within high school subject areas.

Integrated Basic Education & Skills Training

Integrated Basic Education & Skills Training (I–BEST) programs create opportunities at the basic skills level for both ESL and ABE students to enroll in college–level programs and earn a certificate in a high–demand industry.

Learning Center Seattle

Learning Center Seattle serves 16 to 21 year olds (16 before Sept. 1) and have not completed high school but want to earn their GED® to go on to college or technical training program (tuition–free) and/or start a career. Students who meet the age eligibility requirements and already have a GED® are also eligible to enroll in the Learning Center Seattle program.

Volunteer Tutoring

Group and individual training is available for anyone enrolled in Seattle Central classes through the Volunteer Tutoring program.

Pathway Maps

Pathway Maps will show you how to get started and which courses to take for your goals. 

Note: All of our class outcomes are tied to the Washington State Learning Standards.