Adult Education and Literacy

What is Adult Basic Education?

Adult Basic Education offers Basic English as a Second Language, English Literacy & Civics classes and GED®preparation at several locations in the Lone Star College Adult Basic Education service area. 

The programs are designed for native and non-native speakers who want to improve their language skills and gain the core skills they need to obtain a GED®.

Classes are available for free on a first come, first served basis. 

What is the General Education Development (GED®) Prep Program?

The GED® Prep program offers adults without a high school diploma an opportunity to complete their high school education. The classes improve basic education skills to prepare students for the official GED® test. Students can learn about different career pathways available to them as they prepare for the GED® test and workforce skills. Orientation and assessment for appropriate class placement are required.

Lone Star College also offers GED® Prep program tuition classes in Spanish. For more information, click here

What is the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program?

The ESL program provides free basic courses for adult students whose first language is not English. Classes are available for beginning students with limited reading and writing ability, as well as more advanced students. Orientation and assessment for appropriate class placement are required.

What is the English Literacy Civics (El Civics) Program?

The EL Civics program incorporates English literacy and Civics education services for immigrants and other limited-English-speaking populations. Orientation and assessment for appropriate class placement are required.

What is the Transitions Math and Reading and Writing (Bridge) Program?

The Bridge classes are designed to help students who have tested at a certain level on the TSI gain necessary skills to advance to credit classes and ultimately, their degrees. Orientation and assessment for appropriate class placement are required. These classes are also open to students who need a little more instruction to pass these two specific subjects of their GED® test.

More Information

Para informacion en espanol, haga click en esta pagina.

How do I enroll?

Step 1: Print out a CE form or get a form at your local Lone Star College Continuing Education office. You can also register online by following these directions

Step 2: Bring a copy of your valid government issued ID (state license, Matricular Consular card, and/or Passport) to any of our Lone Star College Campus continuing Education offices when you turn in your CE form to get registered in the system.

Step 3: Don’t forget to get a printed copy of your orientation class (the CE representative should be able to print out your class information).

Step 4: 16 year olds must have a parent or guardian present at the orientation: 

Student must have a copy of a valid government issued picture ID; Parent must sign the Parental Consent Form; Parent must present a Court Order for the 16 year old; Parent must have a copy of their valid ID or bring a copy of their valid ID.

Step 5: 17 year olds must have a parent or guardian present at the orientation:

Student must have a copy of a valid government issued picture ID; Parent must sign the Parental Consent Form; Parent must present the Official Withdrawal papers from school; Parent must have a copy of their valid ID or bring a copy of their valid ID.

The January orientation schedule for ESL is available here

The GED orientation schedule can be viewed here

For more information, go to LoneStar.edu/Adult-Education or call 281.260.3576.

Featured Classes

Spring GED®Prep, ESL, and EL Civics, and Bridge Classes

Spring Classes are scheduled to open in January 2016. 

Eligibility & Requirements

  • All students must present a copy of a valid photo ID at the time of testing 
  • All students who receive government aid must provide a copy of their award letter (TANF)
  • 16 year olds must have a court order and a copy of a valid photo ID
  • 17 years with parental permission form, an official withdrawal form from school, and a copy of a valid photo ID
  • Must live in Lone Star College Adult Education and Literacy Program Service Area, which encompasses the Harris county, Montgomery county, and Walker County.
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  • All ESL/El Civics students must take the BEST Plus test
  • All GED Prep/Transitions students must take the TABE test
  • No children allowed in the testing area or in classes