Adult Education (Ages 21+)

Adult Education provides more than 900 Tuition-free classes for eligible students (21 years and older who have not earned a U.S. high school diploma or equivalency) in:

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • High School Equivalency Preparation (HSE)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Note: Students may be required to pay associated fees for textbooks, certification exams and/or uniforms for specific classes.

We offer morning, afternoon and evening classes, Monday through Saturday at more than 175 sites in all five boroughs, including public schools, community centers and faith-based organizations.

Students are welcome to take classes at any of our sites, regardless of the borough in which they live. Important: If a CTE class you desire requires a HS diploma or equivalent, you may dually enroll in Adult Basic Education (ABE).

Who Can Enroll?

Any New York City resident who is:

  • 21 years or older
  • Does not have U.S. High School diploma or equivalency (HSE)

Some Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes also have limited space for adults who do have high school equivalency diplomas.

Types of Classes

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • High School Equivalency Preparation (HSE)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

What's the Difference Between Basic Education and High School Equivalency?

  • Basic Education classes address lower literacy levels in reading and math to prepare students for High School Equivalency classes (HSE).
  • HSE classes prepare students for the GED®

How to Enroll

Adult Education Enrollment Hubs are open Monday-Thursday.

Visit one to learn more about the opportunities available and begin the enrollment process.

Day Enrollment 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Bronx

Adult Learning Center 3450 East Tremont Avenue 3rd Fl
Bronx, NY 10465

Brooklyn

William E Grady CTE High School 25 Brighton 4th Rd,
Brooklyn, NY 11235

Adult Learning Center 475 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11216

Melrose Alternate Learning Center
271 Melrose Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Manhattan

Manhattan Hub
269 West 35th Street 7th Fl
New, NY 10018

Mid-Manhattan
Adult Learning Center
212 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027

Queens

Adult Learning Center
27-35 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

Queens Transition Center (Day)
142-10 Linden Boulevard
Queens, NY 11436

Evening Enrollment 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Brooklyn

Melrose Alternate Learning Center
271 Melrose Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Staten Island

St. George
450 St. Marks Place
Staten Island, NY 10301

Queens

District 79
90-01 Sutphin Blvd. 2nd Fl
Jamaica, NY 11435

If you would like to contact us for more information please call us or email us and someone will help you decide the next step.

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GED Examination Information

Adult Education Testing Locations

Brooklyn Adult Learning Center
475 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11216
(718) 638 2635 X 1212

Mid-Manhattan Adult Learning Center
269 West 35th Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10018
(718) 638 2635 X 1212

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I have a high school diploma or college degree from another country?

You can still take our Adult Ed classes.

Do students need social security numbers or documents to take adult education classes?

No documentation is needed for:

  • English as a Second Language,
  • Adult Basic Education,
  • High School Equivalency classes

Want to register for a Career and Technical Education class, leading to certification and job placement? You may need to give a social security number or other documents to verify your identity.

I am 18-21 years old. This page says Adult Education is for ages 21+. What do I do?

We have other services for those between the ages of 17-21. Check out the information for High School Equivalency.

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