Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Designed for adults who want to improve their basic education skills (reading, writing, and/or math), or prepare for beginning GED©/HSED instruction.

We offer a variety of learning methods to meet each student's unique educational goals. Class formats vary among sites, but may include:

  • One-on-One Tutoring: One or more 90-minute session(s) per week, scheduled according to student needs and tutor availability
  • Small Group or Classroom with an instructor
  • Learning Labs: Guided independent study*
  • Drop-In Tutoring*

NEW! We now offer Virtual/Online Instruction to support students at all locations during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, all in-person services and drop-in tutoring are temporarily unavailable.

* Scheduling and availability vary by location

Foundational ABE

We use a variety of curricula, including the evidence-based Wilson Reading System©, to help students develop reading and spelling skills. Students also learn basic grammar and language skills. We accept students of all abilities, including those with very limited skills and/or those with learning difficulties.

Comprehensive ABE

Our holistic approach to language arts and math study incorporates contextualized instruction in academic subjects, including history, social studies, science, and other areas. Comprehensive instruction builds reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing skills, and mathematics in preparation for transition to GED©/HSED work.

Basic Math

Basic math includes simple arithmetic with whole numbers, decimals, fractions, and beginning algebra. Students may work solely on math or in tandem with other ABE studies.  

To enroll in any of our programs, complete an interest form online or call (414) 344-5878.

Locations & Services


Downtown Center

Downtown Center - 555 N. Plankinton Ave.

Class Formats

  • One-on-One Tutoring
  • Learning Labs
  • Drop-In Tutoring

North Side

Downtown Center

North Division High School Learning Lab - 1011 W. Center St.

Class Formats

  • One-on-One Tutoring
  • Learning Labs

Northwest Side


Silver Spring Neighborhood Center - 5460 N 64th St.

Class Formats

  • One-on-One Tutoring
  • Small Group or Classroom
  • Learning Labs


Waukesha Center

Waukesha Center - 831 N. Grand Ave., Second Floor

Class Formats

  • One-on-One Tutoring

Meet ABE student, Courtland.

Courtland has been a part of the Literacy Services family since 2009. Over the past decade, he has grappled with maintaining his connection with LSW due to a lack of confidence in his skills. His memories of struggling to keep up in high school affected his commitment level at LSW. In September 2019, he restarted the ABE program with a concrete goal to make this his last enrollment. As a dad of six young children, Courtland knew he had to change his mindset to trust his ability to move forward and to give his family the best example of perseverance. He completed the ABE program in December and transferred to our Silver Spring HSED program in January. Courtland describes it best, “The hard stuff builds character, self-esteem, and courage.” He successfully completed the HSED program in May! Courtland is not only the best role model for his children but also to every student at Literacy Services. You can succeed if you give yourself a chance.