Adult Basic Education

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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)

Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes are for adults who are proficient in English, but want to improve their basic reading, writing, and math skills. Reading and writing are integrated in one class called Communications. Math covers addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percent, and introduction to algebra and geometry. We offer levels 2 - 6, but we cluster some classes together in the same classroom. For more details on the pathway check out the ABE Pathway Map.

Tuition for each quarter is $25 for the initial orientation. You are not charged extra for the classes you are placed into for that quarter. If you complete the orientation but do not enroll in classes, or stop out, or if subsequent classes in the same quarter are cancelled due to low-enrollment, we cannot refund the $25. Each quarter thereafter, we charge only $25 for the quarter. This does not include the fee for to take GED® practice or official tests

For students who need to learn English or for whom English is a second (or third) language, our ESL program is a better fit.

Students must be 16 years old or older to take ABE classes at Seattle Central. If you are under 19 years old and haven't graduated from high school, you will have to get a release form from the school district. You should also consider taking GED® classes at Learning Center Seattle, because it is specifically geared to students your age, has counseling and wrap-around support available, and can guide you into free college classes when you finish with your GED®.

Math
Mornings: 9-10:20 a.m. Monday–Friday
Evenings: 6–8:20 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Communications
Mornings: 10:30–12:20 p.m. Monday–Friday
Evenings: 6–8:20 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

We also have some electives: a computer lab class and a Special Topics class covering science and social studies.

Welcome New Students

All new students must attend an orientation. Morning and evening orientations for new students will be held before the upcoming quarter. The orientation includes program information, assessments, goal setting and registering for core classes. Tuition ($25) is for orientation; the classes you are placed in at the end of orientation are included in this tuition. Orientation must be completed before you can enroll in class.

Get Started

  • Contact Basic and Transitional Studies to register for an orientation
  • Attend orientation
  • Pay the $25 tuition
  • Start class

Contact

Email: btsinfo@seattlecolleges.edu
Phone: 206.934.4180