Every four seconds of an American school day, another student drops out.

That's 7,000 students a day—or nearly 1.3 million a year. These alarming figures from the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington, D.C. based policy institution, illustrate the problem of adult illiteracy across our country.

An under-educated adult population, combined with discouraging rates of poverty and unemployment, have generated significant social and economic challenges in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is why Literacy Services of Wisconsin (LSW) is increasingly important to the community where we live and work.

For more than five decades, LSW has been here when motivated adult learners want to improve their education, particularly those who dropped out of school years ago. We're also here for people who come to our country and want to learn our language, or for those who want to attain a high school equivalency degree.

Our core programs—basic reading and spelling, English Language Learning (ELL), and General Educational Development (GED®) Preparation—exemplify our belief that every person has a right to an excellent education. Our unique service delivery model of one-on-one tutoring offers students individualized assistance and produces decisively positive outcomes.

In addition, our integrated Functional Literacy sub-program with three core areas—computer literacy, financial literacy, and workforce readiness—provides students with the skills needed to use technology efficiently, make smart financial decisions, and search for and secure employment.


Our Purpose

Adults face obstacles when they lack basic knowledge, education credentials, and English language skills. Access to education and training breaks down barriers and opens opportunities to provide for themselves and their families.

Our Mission

Literacy Services of Wisconsin partners with motivated adults to provide access to quality basic education and skills training so they can improve their lives, enrich their families, and strengthen our community.

Our Vision

We envision a future in which all adult learners have the tools to create success for themselves, a better future for their children and a thriving community for everyone.