Boston Public Schools (BPS) has for over 140 years responded to adults in need of education and has recognized that critical to the success of every child’s education is parent and family involvement. In order to improve learning for all children, educational opportunities are made available for parents and other adults in the community.
We provide basic skills that prepare parents to enter the workforce, higher education and job training. Our adult students represent the Boston community: native-born Americans and immigrants who need educational credentials, English language skills and/or math proficiency to compete in the workforce.
The Adult Learning Center also serves as a test location for the HiSET exam (the new GED/high school equivalency exam). Visit the official HiSET website to register and for more information.
Call to sign up and find out program specific information; see brief program descriptions below.
The Family Literacy Program at the Adult Learning Center is a day-time program offering adult basic education, all levels of English for adult language learners, HiSET preparation, and computer literacy classes. Our program is free and parents of Boston Public Schools children are prioritized for enrollment.
The Family Literacy Program helps parents and children learn together. A Parenting Skills Curriculum provides parents the opportunity to strengthen their parenting skills.
Boston Central Adult High School is an evening program that offers a 16-unit program (College Preparatory and General), eventually leading to a diploma comparable to the one offered by accredited day high schools in the City of Boston Public Schools. This specialized school for mature and serious-minded people allows students to participate in comprehensive programs of study and to complete diploma requirements during evening hours while maintaining full-time jobs.
Counseling is available to all students who would like to take advantage of the student support services. If you are a high school graduate who needs special courses to gain admission to college or to an institution of higher learning, Boston Central Adult High School may provide the courses you need to meet admission requirements.
Adult Diploma Program (ADP) is an alternative route to a high school diploma. Adults work at their own pace in this flexible program. It includes take home projects, performance assessments, frequent interviews, and library research. Graduates receive a Boston Central Adult High School diploma.
Career Pathways Program: Culinary Arts Training Program is for individuals looking to begin a career in the culinary arts. This program offers ESL classes, ServSafe certification, cooking, baking, computer literacy, and job placement.