Overview of Program

The purpose of the Adult Basic Education program is to help adults improve their reading, writing, math, technology, and communication skills.  Students see a positive impact on their work and family lives.  All levels are welcome!  Classes are designed for adults to learn at their own pace, guided by classroom teachers who are trained to teach adults and support students on their learning path.  

Note: Classes for the 2020-2021 school year will be online.  We will be offering some in-person services by appointment.

Who We Serve

We serve all adult students who want to improve their reading, writing, or math skills or who want to earn a HiSET (formerly GED) certificate.  All students must:

• Be 18 or older,

• Not currently be enrolled in high school, 

• Be Proficient in English (English as a second language is OK, but proficiency is required), and

• Live within 25 miles of Nashua, NH.


What We Offer

  • Adult Basic Education:  Classes in reading, writing, math, and life skills help adults to succeed at work and at home. All adult students learn to use computers to enhance learning. Morning and evening classes are available.


  • HiSET - High School Equivalency Test (Formerly GED) Preparation:  Students practice the five subjects from the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) - reading, writing, social studies, science, and math. Morning and evening classes are available.


Program Highlights

  • Morning classes via Zoom
  • Evening classes via Zoom
  • Work at your own pace classes 
  • Three levels of classes
  • Rolling enrollment during the school year
  • Encouraging, supportive environment
  • Technology support for online learning
  • Individualized instruction
  • Six-week summer session
  • College and career planning help
  • Access to counselor to help overcome barriers to education
  • Monthly HiSET testing onsite
  • Workplace classes onsite for employers (available for fee)

How to Register

Registration for online summer classes for ESL and HiSET preparation will begin on May 17, 2021.


Step 1:  Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now closed. The online registration form for summer classes will be posted here on May 17, 2021. Students must register by June 30. Summer classes will start on July 6 and go for 6 weeks.

Step 2: You will be contacted by a staff member to complete the registration process.  Depending on the time of year, this may take up to 1 week.

Step 3: You will take a placement test in math and reading.  This helps us to understand your current level and place you in the best class.  Your current level, in combination with how hard you study, will help indicate how long your preparation for the HiSET tests will take.  We understand it can sometimes take a long time, but we will always be here to support you.

Step 4: You will receive your class placement information after you complete the test.

Step 5: Your teacher will contact you during the week prior to your class start date.



All classes are free. Books will be provided to students who attend at least 12 hours of class. Final HiSET testing is $125.00



For class registration, information, or questions, contact Adult Education Counselor (ABE), Bill Bissonnette, at

603-288-7526 or bbissonnette@nashuaalc.org

For more information, call Director of Adult Education, Lauren Osowski, at:

603-882-9080 x2206 or losowski@nashuaalc.org

More information about Adult Basic Education is also available at the NH State website: www.nhadulted.org