Adult Education


At Adult Education our mission is to strengthen our community by eliminating adult illiteracy and improving client skills for successful long-term employment. Detroit Public Schools’ Adult Education programs offer High School Completion (HSC), General Educational Development (GED), Adult Basic Education/Pre-GED (ABE), and English as a Second Language (ESL) at several community sites and schools, including two main Adult Education campuses, throughout Detroit.

We provide free classes for more than 1,200 adult learners 18+, giving them the opportunity to upgrade their academic skills, complete high school, obtain a General Educational Development (GED) and other services. We also provide opportunities at two Detroit Learning Labs for students to receive GED preparation.

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The main DPS Adult Education Centers are located in two newly renovated facilities which include:

  • New Welcome Center
  • Student Lounge
  • Media Centers
  • More than 200 new desktop computer learning stations.

Locations that Provide Adult Education Courses

West Campus

16164 Asbury Park
Detroit, MI 48235
(313) 852-1089
Programs: ABE/GED/HSC

East Campus

13840 Lappin Street
Detroit, MI 48205
(313) 579-7109
Programs: ABE/GED/HSC

Academy of the Americas

5680 Konkel Street
Detroit, MI 48210
Programs: ESL

Bennett Elementary School

2111 Mullane Street
Detroit, MI 48209
Programs: ESL

Earhart Elementary-Middle

1000 Scotten
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 849-3945
Programs: ESL

Genesis House

3535 West Third St.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 993-6703

Programs: ABE/GED (Open to Genesis House residents only)

Golightly Career and Technical Center

900 Dickerson Ave
Detroit, MI 48215
(313) 822-8820

Programs: ABE/GED

International Institute

111 E. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 872-0863

Programs: ABE/GED/ESL

Neinas Elementary

6021 McMillan
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 849-3701

Programs: ABE/GED/ESL

Priest Elementary-Middle

7840 Wagner
Detroit, MI 48210
(313) 849-3705

Programs: ESL

SHAR House

1852 W Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48208
(313) 894-8444

Programs: ABE/GED

Closed site: SHAR clients only

Western International

1500 Scotten
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 849-4758

Programs: ABE/GED/ESL

Programs include

GED Preparation


GED (General Education Development) offers adults a second chance to complete their high school education. The GED can open doors to many other opportunities such as employment, technical school, and college.

The official GED exam consists of four sub-tests. Coursework to prepare for the GED includes math, writing, social studies, science and literature. Computer-based academic instruction is available at most sites.

Official GED Practice Test

The official GED Practice Test is offered to determine readiness to take an Official GED Test. Adults who pass the Official Practice GED Test are eligible for a free waiver to waive the cost of the GED test, which must be taken at the DPS GED Testing Center.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL)

ESL is designed for adults who do not speak English as their native language. Interactive, small-group, large-group, and computer-based instructional activities are offered to emphasize skills in reading, writing and conversational English.

Students also will learn about American culture and traditions. Citizenship preparation is provided as needed.

High School Completion (HSC)

image copy 4Students earn Carnegie units in a traditional high school setting that is accelerated and allows for faster credit recovery and attainment.

High School Completion courses are offered at the Westside and Eastside Adult Education campuses.


Each learner develops an individual plan to complete the appropriate completion credential that includes employability skill development in oral communication, resume development, college application development, and other activities that makes the college/career transition smoother.

Services Provided

  • Programs 100% tuition free
  • Pre-GED and GED Classes
  • High School Completion Classes
  • ESL (English As Second Language) Classes
  • Free GED Testing at our testing center
  • Computer Basics Training for enrolled students
  • Workforce Readiness Training for enrolled students
  • Free lunches for enrolled students at the West and East Campuses
  • Free bus tickets for enrolled students
  • Earn & Learn Site For DPS Parents
  • Wrap-around services
  • Free workshops

How to Enroll in Adult Education?

  • Pick the nearest location and schedule a visit before the semester enrollment ends.
  • Bring State Issued Picture Identification and Social Security Card.
  • Classes offered Monday-Friday  Hours vary by location.

Administration for Adult Education

Brenda Belcher
Executive Director

1601 Farnsworth Street
Building C
Detroit, MI 48211

Phone: (313) 578-7036

Marsha Cheeks
Program Supervisor

Sieata Duhart
GED Chief Examiner

West Campus

Dedria Willis
Principal, West Campus – Adult Education Center

Carlyss Lewis
Technical Training Administrator

Michael West
Information Technology / SIS Administrator

Monique White
Workforce Readiness Coordinator

East Campus

Tracey Carpenter
Principal, East Campus – Adult Education Center

William Aaron
Workforce Readiness Coordinator

Kevin Edwards
Special Training & Instruction Specialist


Adult Education transcripts are available upon request. Please allow 24 hours for processing.

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