Adult Basic Education
High School 21+
Thanks for your interest in Adult Basic Education at SPSCC! Our program will help you to prepare for college-level classes, vocational-technical classes, or the workplace.
At SPSCC, our instructors and staff are here to help you. Our instructors create classrooms with the right balance of challenge and support. Get info on How to Register for Adult Education classes.
Related programs at SPSCC
You might want to check out our related programs that will also prepare you for college-level classes, vocational-technical classes, or the workplace.
- ESL (English as a Second Language): For students whose native language is not English and need to improve their language skills
- High School Equivalency (GED) testing: For students ready to take the High School Equivalency (GED) test
- I-BEST program: For students who need to improve their literacy and technical or professional skills at the same time
- High School 21+: For students over 21 years old and need to get their high school diploma
Is English is not your first language? Do you want to improve your English language skills?
We offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes that can help. We have 6 levels of classes to help you with your English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.
Classes meet in the morning, afternoon, and evening on both campuses (Mottman and Lacey).
* Non-eligibility: Students in the U.S. on a student or tourist visa are not eligible for the college’s ESL classes. Please contact the International Student Office about the Intensive English Program.
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About the High School Equivalency (GED®) test
Do you need to take the GED® to reach your next goal? The GED® test is available for students who have not completed high school but need an equivalent certificate to demonstrate knowledge and skills. It is a series of four tests.
Read more information about the GED® test, which changed in January 2014.
About the SPSCC Assessment Center
- Registration: Register for the test and schedule your testing time through http://ged.com. Walk-in registration is also available.
- Location: Mottman Campus (Olympia), Building 22, Room 201.
- Hours: Monday/Wednesday, 9AM-5PM, Tuesday/Thursday 9AM-8PM
- Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-596-5770
- Payment: The entire test costs $120, or $30 per test. Tests can be paid for online with a credit card. Please check with the Assessment Center to find out when vouchers will be available for test takers with cash.
- Other restrictions: Please note that children are not allowed at the testing center, information sessions, or in preparation classes.
Testing and GED® Preparation Classes
For more information about testing and GED® preparation classes, see High School Equivalency (GED®).
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If you think that you could use a high school diploma to change your career options, to broaden your future, or to gain a different sense of accomplishment, think about SPSCC’s High School 21+ program.
Demonstrate your competence in reading, writing, and math, and earn a high school diploma through our program. We recognize that your experiences have given you skills that you can use in a school setting. We will work with you, challenge you, and support your educational success.
Benefits of the HS21+ program at SPSCC
- Count life, work, or school experiences toward your diploma; pick up the rest of what you need at a reduced tuition rate (35/quarter) at SPSCC.
- Meet diploma requirements (in most cases) in one quarter or less.
- Qualify for federal financial aid for college.
- Increase chances of being accepted into the military (because you will earn an actual diploma rather than an equivalency like the GED).
Ready to start? Go to High School 21+.
Integrated Basic Education Skills Training (I-BEST)
I-BEST is a certificate program that uses a team-teaching approach to combine Adult Basic Education and technical-skills training. It’s a nationally recognized teaching model and allows students to increase their literacy and technical or professional skills at the same time. You can earn credentials, get living wage jobs, and put your talents to work for employers.
Each I-BEST classroom has two instructors: one teaches professional or technical content, and the other teaches reading, writing, math, or the English language. You will learn by doing: you will build your skills by directly applying what you learn.