Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

Adult Learning Center

Winter/spring classes start January 16, 2018!

When adults learn to read and write, it changes their lives.

For more than 20 years, Strong City Baltimore’s Adult Learning Center has provided classes in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Acquisition (ELA/ESL/ESOL), as well as citizenship preparation to Baltimore residents, all at no cost to the learner. We provide basic skills training in ABE (reading, writing, and math) and ELA citywide.

Adults with language and math skills are more employable, more engaged in civic life, and more involved with their children’s education.

The ALC is a truly citywide program that fills an urgent need. Every year, 600 native-born and immigrant adults from every corner of Baltimore work to empower themselves, personally and professionally, through skills-based, learner-centered education. Baltimore, a city where approximately 123,000 adults do not have a high school diploma and 17,000 speak English less than very well, will only reach its full potential when all residents have access to high-quality, fully-funded adult continuing education.

The Adult Learning Center offers programs in two critical areas:


Adult Basic Education – instruction for individuals without a high-school diploma and those in need of basic skills training in reading, writing, and math

English Language Acquisition (ELA) – English language instruction for  speakers of other languages




The Adult Learning Center is located at 3501 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. We are in the lower level of the University Baptist Church. Directions can be found here. Other class sites are available. See list here. Call us today to make an appointment to register at (410) 261-3524!


Classes for the 2017-2018 year are held according to the following schedule. Registration dates are available here.

Summer Intensive: July 10, 2017  to August 17, 2017. All classes meet four days per week.

Fall term: September 11, 2017 to December 14,2017. Classes meet two days per week.

Winter term: January 16, 2018 to June 7, 2018. Classes meet two days per week.

Spring mini-mester: April 3, 2018 to June 7, 2018. Classes meet two days per week.

This program is supported by grant funding from Maryland Literacy Works and the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.