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 (HSE), Adult Basic Education/Pre-HSE (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 (HSE) and other services. We also provide opportunities at two Detroit Learning Labs for students to receive HSE preparation.
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The main DPSCD 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
16164 Asbury Park
Detroit, MI 48235
13840 Lappin Street
Detroit, MI 48205
Academy of the Americas
5680 Konkel Street
Detroit, MI 48210
Bennett Elementary School
2111 Mullane Street
Detroit, MI 48209
Detroit, MI 48209
111 E. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Detroit, MI 48210
HSE (High School Equivalence) offers adults a second chance to complete their high school education. The HSE can open doors to many other opportunities such as employment, technical school, and college.
The official HSE exams consists of four core areas. Coursework to prepare for the exams includes Math, English, Science and Social Studies.
Official HSE Practice Test
The official HSE Practice Test is offered to determine readiness to take an Official HSE Test. Adults who pass the Official Practice HSE Test are eligible for a free waiver to waive the cost of the HSE test, which must be taken at the DPSCD HSE 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)
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.
- Programs 100% tuition free
- Pre-HSE and HSE Classes
- High School Completion Classes
- ESL (English As Second Language) Classes
- Free HSE Testing
- Computer Basics Training for enrolled students
- Workforce Readiness Training for enrolled students
- Free bus tickets for enrolled students
- Earn & Learn Site For DPSCD Parents
- Wrap-around services
- Free workshops
How to Enroll in Adult Education?
- Enrollment is year round.
- Pick the nearest location and schedule a visit.
- Bring State Issued Picture Identification and Social Security Card.
- Classes are offered Monday-Friday. Hours vary by location.
Administration for Adult Education
1601 Farnsworth Street
Detroit, MI 48211
Phone: (313) 578-7036
Principal, West Campus – Adult Education Center
Information Technology / SIS Administrator
Principal, East Campus – Adult Education Center
Workforce Readiness Coordinator
Adult Education transcripts are available upon request. Please allow 24 hours for processing.