HSED for English Learners

Are you looking for English Classes?
Do you need a High School Diploma?

Enroll in the High School Equivalency Diploma Program for English Learners! HSED-EL is a class-based program designed to help adult English Learners develop and hone their language skills while earning a high school credential. You will participate in a class with other English Learners, studying a variety of topics, completing homework assignments, and working together on collaborative projects. Your success is measured on performance in class and assignments, not on test scores.


Program Dates

August 7th - December 14th
Location: LSW Downtown and Online Class

Monday 9:00am - 12:00pm, in-person
Tuesday, 9:00am - 12:00pm, online
Wednesday 9:00am - 12:00pm, in-person
Thursday 9:00am - 12:00pm, online



  • Some experience using a computer
  • Must be a Wisconsin Resident
  • Must be 18.5 years of age or older
  • Achieve minimum scores on English Reading and Writing tests
  • Achieve minimum scores on a Math assessment
  • Be able to hold a short conversation in English

Program Structure

  • PI 5.09 HSED-EL: 19 weeks long, offered once per year in the Fall.
    • Class schedule: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • An evening class option will begin in the Spring of 2025.
  • Mode: The HSED-EL is hybrid: both online and in person. Class meets in-person on Mondays and Wednesdays, and virtually on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Class size: Maximum number of students is 15 per session. It is important to keep class size relatively small so that each student can receive the individualized attention they need as a language learner.

Apply by June 30th to join HSED-EL!

Spaces are limited!

Are you interested but not sure you are ready? Join Pathway!

Pathway is a class designed to help you practice the skills you will need in order to graduate from the 5.09 HSED-EL Program and get your Diploma.

HSED-EL Pathway
Literacy Services - Downtown Center
Mondays, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Session 1:
April 10 - May 1, enroll by April 7
Session 2:
May 8 - June 5, enroll by May 5
Session 3:
June 12 - July 24, enroll by June 9

Do you have questions or are you interested in enrolling?

Contact us! Hablamos español

Caitlin Petersen
HSED-EL Program Coordinator & Instructor

Nicole Ludmer
English & HSED-EL Instructor

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