For nearly 30 years, the Adult Learning Center (ALC) has provided high-quality, learner-centered instruction to help Baltimore residents increase their academic skills, employability, and overall quality of life.
A necessary, direct service
Improving adult basic skills is a key component of ensuring that adult learners are productive members of the community.
The Adult Learning Center provides classes in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Acquisition (ELA/ESL/ESOL) to Baltimore residents, all at no cost to the learner. Each year we empower over 500 adults to reach their educational, career, and personal goals.
This program is supported by grant funding from Maryland Literacy Works and the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.
In-Person Classes are Cancelled
As a result of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), all classes have transitioned to a distance learning format through the end of the spring semester, June 12, 2020. Given the aggressive nature of this virus, the age and health of some of our students and teachers, and the lack of affordable healthcare for our uninsured population, we feel this is the most appropriate measure we can take.
Adult Basic Education (ABE) Adult Basic Education instruction for learners seeking to improve their reading, writing, and math skills or to prepare for the GED exam. Instruction is offered at the following levels:
English Language Acquisition (ELA/ESOL/ESL) English language instruction for speakers of other languages. Instruction focuses on vocabulary development, pronunciation, grammar, and fluency at the following levels:
- Low Beginning
- High Beginning
- Low Intermediate
- High Intermediate
- Conversation for Advanced Speakers
Schedule and Registration
Winter/Spring Term: January 21, 2020 – June 11, 2020 (20 weeks)
Spring Mini-Mester: April 14, 2020 – June 11, 2020 (9 weeks)
Registration is by appointment only. New learners are accepted up to two weeks into the term.
Call 410-261-3524 for registration appointments.
Winter/Spring term registration is closed
Spring mini-mester registration will be March 18th, 19th, and 20th
FAQs About Registration
You must make an appointment to register for classes. Contact the ALC Office at 410-261-3524 to make an appointment. Registration is a four-hour process. You will learn about the expectations of the program, fill out paperwork, and take a computerized placement test. Everyone is welcome to register regardless of legal status. F-1 and J-1 Visa holders are not eligible to join the program. If you have a social security number or permanent resident card, please bring it with you, but it is not required. There is a $10 book fee due at registration.
Registration for all classes takes place at the Hoen Lithograph Building at 2101 E. Biddle Street in Suite 1100.
Classes typically start the week after registration. See class schedule above.
Call 410-261-3524 for more information.
You must be 18 years or older to join the program. If you are 18 or 19 years old, you must bring official paperwork from your high school indicating that you are officially withdrawn. Learners must bring $10 to registration to pay for their book fee.
Service providers may refer interested individuals to Adult Learning Center registration events. Please note that our policy requires clients of referring agencies to contact the Adult Learning Center directly. You can reach the program staff at 410-261-3524 for more information.
The Adult Learning Center offers various supplemental services to support learners’ educational progression.
Volunteer tutors work with learners on a one-on-one basis to reinforce classroom instruction. To be eligible for a tutor, learners must be attending classes and receive recommendation by their teacher.
Volunteer advocates work with learners on a one-on-one or small group basis on non-academic life goals, for instance citizenship preparation and driving permit studying. To be eligible for an advocate, learners must be attending classes and receive recommendation by their teacher.
As one of the largest adult education programs in Baltimore, we rely heavily on the dedication and commitment of community volunteers to help carry out our mission. Every year, ALC volunteers contribute over 2500 hours volunteering as tutors, classroom assistants, and more to support our learners. For more information on how to become an ALC volunteer, please contact Thomas Frey at email@example.com or complete the form.
If you are interested in our paid teaching positions (for either Adult Basic Education or English Language), please visit the Employment section of our website.