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.


2024 Program Dates

August 5th - November 21st
Location: LSW Downtown and Online Class

Monday 9:00am - 1:00pm, in-person
Tuesday, 9:00am - 1:00pm, online
Wednesday 9:00am - 1:00pm, in-person
Thursday 9:00am - 1:00pm, 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: 16 weeks long, offered once per year in the Fall.
    • Class schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • 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 14th, 2024 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 2024
Literacy Services - Downtown Center
Wednesdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Session 1:
March 6 - April 10, enroll by March 1
Session 2:
April 17 - May 22, enroll by April 12
Session 3:
June 3 - July 24, enroll by May 31

Do you have questions or are you interested in enrolling?

Contact us! Hablamos español

Patrice Vnuk
Manager of ELL Programs

Caitlin Petersen
English Language Instructor

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