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*

* 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 an Adult Basic Education program, select a location:

Central

Downtown Center

Downtown Center - 555 N. Plankinton Ave.

Class Formats

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

How to Enroll

Call (414) 344-5878 to schedule an enrollment appointment, which will include an interview and initial testing.

North Side

Downtown Center

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

Class Formats

  • One-on-One Tutoring
  • Learning Labs

How to Enroll

Call (414) 267-5171 to schedule an enrollment appointment, which will include an interview and initial testing

South Side

Downtown Center

Layton Center - 1545 S. Layton Blvd.

Class Formats

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

How to Enroll

Call (414) 643-5108 to schedule an enrollment appointment, which will include an interview and initial testing; walk-ins are welcome.

Meet ABE student, Theresa.

Meet Theresa, our 2019 Student of Inspiration from our Adult Basic Education (ABE) program! From her first day in ABE, Theresa studied hard and worked diligently to overcome the challenges that had always held her back. As a parent of five young children, Theresa is highly involved in their education and often volunteers in their classrooms when assistance is needed. While attending tutoring in ABE, Theresa started a business and built a website to advertise her services.

In the summer of 2018, one year after starting in ABE, she began working towards her HSED. Halfway through the program, a medical condition made her extremely ill. Still, Theresa persisted; she completed the program and earned her HSED. Theresa was still ill at the graduation in December, but she made it across the stage so that her kids could see that moment and be proud of her accomplishments. Thankfully, Theresa has since recovered. Her business is doing well, the kids are doing well in school, and she has plans to grow her client base this summer. Theresa has inspired her peers and the staff and tutors of LSW since arriving in ABE, and she continues to inspire us as she moves her life forward.