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®) Program?

The GED® 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.

More Information

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How do I enroll?

For more information, go to or call 281.260.3576.

Classes are available at various locations and times, including mornings, evenings, and Saturdays (at some locations).

To enroll online, please go to Registration and click on "Search & Register for Non-Credit CE Classes" in the second right hand box.

Featured Classes

FALL GED®Prep, ESL, and EL Civics Classes

Fall Classes are scheduled to open in September 2015. 

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