What is the cost for adult education classes?

  • Classes are FREE to adult residents of Greater Lowell. Funding is provided by the Lowell Public School System and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education,  Adult and Community Learning Services.



Who is eligible for classes?

  • All students must be residents of the Greater Lowell area.  This includes Lowell, Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford.


  • High School Equivalency (HSE)  classes: Students must be at least 16 years old, and have formally withdrawn from school. 


  • ESOL Classes: Students must be at least 18 years old.   


Where are classes held?

  • Morning classes are held at our Abisi Adult Education Center, 408 Merrimack Street, in downtown Lowell. 


  • Evening classes are held at: Lowell High School, 50  Father Morrissette Blvd, in downtown Lowell. 


  • We also offer classes at several different satellite locations throughout the city.  Please see Our Programs page for a complete list.


When are classes held?


Morning Classes:


  • ESOL classes meet Monday through Friday, for 90 minutes, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am OR 11:00 am to 12:30 pm 


  • High School Equivalency (HSE) classes meet Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.




Evening Classes:


  • ESOL classes meet Monday and Wednesday OR Tuesday and Thursday, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.


  • High School Equivalency (HSE) classes meet Monday and Wednesday, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.    




How long do the classes run?



  • Morning classes begin in September and run until June.


  • Evening classes begin in late September and run until mid-May.   


 How do I earn my High School Credential?


  • Residents of Massachusetts can choose to take either the HiSET or GED Test.  


How long will it take me to finish High School Equivalency classes?



  • Everyone is different.  It will depend on your educational background and how long you have been out of school.  Our experienced instructors can  help you decide when you  are ready to start testing.  



 How do I register for classes?  



Do students receive grades in the classes?


  • No.  However, students are kept aware of their progress through feedback provided by their teachers.


Do you provide daycare?


  • No. However, there are some local organizations help adults with child care services. We encourage adults to connect with and work closely with these agencies. We also operate a family literacy program that is open to parents of McAvinnue stuents.  Please see our program page for contact information.