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

Spring Orientations for new students begin in March 2022.

Classes may 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 in classes, your teacher will help you register for Spring.

Do you have questions?

Call or email us at 206.934.4180 or Join us through zoom – see hours below.

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

Tuesday and Thursday:

  • 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • 3 – 5 p.m.

Connect here (ZOOM)

For an individual who has not completed high school, the GED® demonstrates that he or she has the equivalent knowledge of one who has. Most colleges and universities will accept GED® score reports instead of high school transcripts, although policies differ depending upon the institution. Most employers also accept the GED®. For more details on testing, go to the testing page.

GED® Prep Classes

These courses are designed to help students who are preparing to take the GED® test. Courses provide students with a general review of the 4 subject areas covered by the GED® test: Science, Social Studies, Math and Language Arts. Students will be in class with others who are preparing for the GED®, working on their high school diploma, or just trying to improve their skills.

We offer classes in the mornings and evenings. There is a "Special Topics" class that covers science and social studies.

Students must be 16 years old or older to take GED® classes at Seattle Central. If you are under 19 years old and haven't graduated from high school, you will need a release form from the school district. However, for students 16-21, we recommend Learning Center Seattle. This program is designed for students who are choosing not to continue in their high schools; it includes wraparound supports and eventual free college tuition, if you are still in this age range and once you've passed the GED®.

Courses Available

Class schedule and course offerings vary each quarter. Please check with the Basic & Transitional Studies Office for current information.

  • GED® Math
  • Preparation Math
  • Level 2, 3, 4 and 6/ALEKS Math
  • GED® Communications
  • Communications
  • Level 2, 3, 4 Communications

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. Tuition does not include the fee for practice or official GED® tests. Orientation must be completed before you can enroll in class.

Get Started

Fall orientations start September 13.

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

Note: In the English as a Second Language (ESL) program, we serve immigrants and refugees only. Individuals with F, M, B, Student, or J visas are not eligible for Basic & Transitional Studies.


Phone: 206.934.4180