Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

Adult Learning Center

Fall 2019 classes are in session!

Winter/Spring Classes will begin January 2020 in the Hoen Lithograph Building in East Baltimore! Call us in December to make your appointment, 410-261-3524!

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:

  • Literacy
  • Pre-GED
  • GED

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
  • Advanced/Civics
  • Conversation for Advanced Speakers

The Adult Learning Center is currently 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.

Starting on January 6, 2020, the Adult Learning Center will be located at Strong City Baltimore’s new office space in the Hoen Lithograph Building in East Baltimore. The address is 2101 E. Biddle Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. It is accessible by the MTA Pink line, Gold line, and 21.

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:

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:

  • 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 the Hoen Lithograph Building at 2101 E. Biddle Street.

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 sdefrancisci@strongcitybaltimore.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.