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Adult Education and Literacy

What is Adult Basic Education?

Adult Basic Education offers Basic English as a Second Language, English Literacy & Civics, and GED® preparation classes at several locations in the Lone Star College (LSC) system. The programs are designed for native and non-native speakers who want to improve their language skills and/or gain the core skills they need to obtain a GED®.

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

How Do I Enroll in a Class?

Before you can enroll in a class, you will need to attend an Orientation session.  

Upcoming Orientation Sessions

Note: Pre-registration is required before attending an Orientation session. To register for an upcoming or future Orientation session, please call us at (281) 260 – 3576 or email us at gcadulted@lonestar.edu. Upon registration, additional details will be provided, including Orientation location and required enrollment documents.

Orientation Date

Orientation Topic


Saturday, February 11th

ESL Classes

9am – 12pm

Monday, February 13th

GED Prep Classes

9am – 12pm

Tuesday, February 14th

GED Prep Classes

9am – 12pm

Wednesday, February 15th

GED Prep Classes

9am – 12pm

Monday, February 20th

GED Prep Classes

4pm – 7pm

Tuesday, February 28th

GED Prep Classes

9am – 12pm

Saturday, March 4th

ESL Classes and Placement Testing

9am – 3pm

If none of the listed Orientation dates/times are convenient for you, please still contact us. We continuously schedule additional orientation dates based on student interest.  

Eligibility & Requirements

  • All prospective students must present a copy of a valid photo ID at the time of orientation.
  • 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 and 18 year olds must complete or provide or complete the following: signed parent 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. 
  • All ESL/EL Civics students must take the BEST Plus test. 
  • All GED Prep students must take the TABE test. 
  • No children allowed in the testing area or in classes. 

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.

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.

Student Feedback 

Orientation and assessment for appropriate class placement are required. We want to make sure that we are providing excellent customer service to all current or prospective students. If you have any concerns or issues that have not been successfully addressed by the Adult Education and Literacy team, please contact the Program Director directly by email at gcadulted@lonestar.edu or by phone at (281) 260-3570. An online feedback form will be added soon!