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Winter Quarter starts January 2

New students: Please fill out the BTS Application for ESL, GED, or High School+ classes.  
There is limited space available in our program's ESL orientations and classes. If you are applying for ESL classes as a new student, please plan on a Spring Quarter start.

BTS Application

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
  • Join us through Zoom – see hours below.

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


  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

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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. For information on the pathway and continuing after earning your GED,  check out the GED Map

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.

Courses Available

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

  • GED® Math
  • Math Level 2, 3, 4
  • ALEKS Math
  • GED® Communications
  • Communication Level 2, 3, 4

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

  • 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.


Dino Kladouris - Student Specialist for ABE/GED/HS+ 
Phone: 206.934.5405.
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