Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education classes are for adults who are already proficient in the English language but wish to improve their basic reading, writing and math skills. Reading and writing are integrated to give students a foundation for effective communication. Reading instruction emphasizes comprehension, vocabulary development, critical thinking and study skills.
Writing skills include the review and application of language and grammar rules, correct usage and spelling, and writing sentences and paragraphs. Students learn to use writing as a mode of personal expression, as a valuable learning tool and as a necessary skill when pursuing a job, earning a living or acquiring further education.
Math instruction includes skills development in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages, and introduction to algebra and geometry.
Need to improve your skills before you apply?
We have classes that are designed for the high school graduate who needs to brush up on reading, writing and math skills before beginning college–level courses. Emphasized skills will help students prepare for any placement test such as the COMPASS.
- All of our class outcomes are tied to the Washington State Learning Standards
- For more specifics on what will be taught in each class, view our course outlines
- ABE Internet Resources for Students
Courses Available Most Quarters
- GED® Math (mornings and evenings)
- COMPASS preparation Math (mornings and evenings)
- Level 2, 3, 4 Math (mornings and evenings)
Communications (Reading and Writing)
- Level 2, 3, 4 Communications (mornings)
- GED® Communications (mornings and evenings)
- COMPASS Communications (mornings and evenings)
How to Enroll
New Students: New students must register before the quarter begins and attend an orientation. The orientation is 3 hours a day for 4 days and includes program information, assessments, testing, goal setting and registering for core classes.
|Winter Quarter||November 22–December 15, 2016|
|Spring Quarter||February 28–April 23, 2017|
|Summer Quarter||May 30–June 15, 2017|
Returning Students: If you were previously in a program but not currently registered, you can register starting on the last day of the prior quarter.
|Winter Quarter||December 14, 2015|
|Spring Quarter||March 21, 2016|
|Summer Quarter||June 17, 2015|
Current Students: Register for classes on the last day of the quarter with your teacher.
|Winter Quarter||December 11, 2015|
|Spring Quarter||March 18, 2016|
|Summer Quarter||June 14, 2015|
- Visit room BE3122 on the Seattle Central main campus. (Current students, can do this on the last day of class.)
- Bring a picture ID.
- Register for class (New students register for orientation).
- Pay the $25 tuition.
- Attend your classes.
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.