Basic & Transitional Studies


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

Winter Orientations begin in December 2021 and classes start on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Classes will be in-person or virtual.

If you are returning after taking a break, please contact us to get registered.

If you are a current student, talk to your teacher about registering for Winter.

Do you have questions?

The Basic & Transitional Studies Office on campus is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays from 8:00am- 4:30pm in Room 3138 on Central’s main campus.

Phone: 206.934.4180

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.

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.

English as a Second Language

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

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.

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.

Test Prep

We also offer classes for high school graduates that need to brush up on reading, writing and math skills before beginning college–level courses. Emphasized skills will help students prepare for placement tests.

High School Programs

Still in high school? We have high school completion programs (GED®, High School+ and High School Completion) as well as college and job prep programs (Running Start and Tech Prep).

Volunteer Tutoring

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

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.

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