When adults learn to read and write, it changes their lives.
For nearly 30 years, Strong City Baltimore’s Adult Learning Center has provided classes in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Acquisition (ELA/ESL/ESOL) to Baltimore residents, all at no cost to the learner.
Adults with language and math skills are more employable, more engaged in civic life, and more involved with their children’s education.
Every year, over 600 native-born and immigrant adults from every corner of Baltimore work to empower themselves, personally and professionally, through skills-based, learner-centered education. In Baltimore 100,000 adults do not have a high school diploma and 17,000 speak English less than very well; the city will only reach its full potential when all residents have access to high-quality, fully-funded adult continuing education.
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
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. We are accessible by the MTA Silver Line, the 22, and the Purple Circulator bus.
Other class sites are available, depending on the learner’s assessment and placement score.
Classes for the 2019 – 2020 fiscal year are held according to the following schedule:
Summer Intensive: July 15, 2019 – August 22, 2019 (6 weeks)
Fall term: September 9, 2019 – December 12, 2019 (14 weeks)
Winter/Spring term: January 21, 2020 – June 11, 2020 (20 weeks)
Spring mini-mester: April 14, 2020 – June 11, 2020 (9 weeks)
Registration dates for the 2019 – 2020 fiscal year are listed below:
- Summer Intensive: July 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th
- Fall term: September 3rd, 4th, and 5th
- Winter/Spring term 2020: January 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th
- Spring mini-mester: March 18th, 19th, and 20th
Registration is by appointment only. New learners are accepted up to two weeks into the term. Call 410-261-3524 for registration appointments.
How do I register for classes?
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.
Where do I go to register for classes?
Registration for all classes takes place at 3501 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD, 21218, in the lower level of the University Baptist Church.
When do classes start?
Classes typically start the week after registration. See class schedule above.
What should I do if I have more questions?
Call 410-261-3524 for more information.
What is required to register?
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.
How do I refer a learner?
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.
- One-on-One Tutoring: 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.
- Learner Advocate: 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 Sherry DeFrancisci at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Volunteer section of our website. 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.
This program is supported by grant funding from Maryland Literacy Works and the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.