Pre-College and ESL

Basic and Transitional Studies will have ESL, ABE, GED, HS+ and I-BEST classes Winter 2021 quarter: Monday, January 4 – Friday, March 19.  

Classes will not be on campus. Classes will be online. 

You can sign up today!

ESL: To take an online fall quarter ESL class, first you must fill out the application form here.

If you took classes here before, please locate your student ID number (SID) if you can.

We will contact you very soon and help you register for classes.

ABE/GED/HS+ classes: To take an online ABE/GED/HS+ class, please contact our ABE Transitions Specialist, Shan Lackey, at (206) 934-4537 or email at

I-BEST (Job Training) classes: please contact Nyah Ferreira at (206) 934-6030 or email at

For online classes you will need: 

  • A computer, laptop, tablet with a camera, speakers and a microphone (or a headset).
  • Computer Internet access (Wi-Fi).
  • An email address that you can check every day.

If you need to borrow a laptop or need Wi-Fi, please contact Nyah Ferreira at (206) 934-6030 or email at

Students have multiple options to begin and easily complete their pre-college studies at North Seattle College. Don’t let limited education or access to education be a barrier between you and your dreams.

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to ensuring you succeed and receive the resources that will help you along the way. And tuition for many programs is only $25 per quarter.

You can also take college-level classes and receive both high school and college credit at the same time. Funding for this is available through Ability to Benefit.

Options include:


If it’s time for you to get your high school diploma, complete your secondary school education or work on basic skills, NSC’s Adult Basic Education/General Education Development (ABE/GED) program is your resource. 


Whatever your background or current English language skills, NSC’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program will help you meet your goals.

Intensive English (IEP)

As an international student, you can improve your English skills to prepare for college study in the United States or for entry into the business world through NSC’s Intensive English Program (IEP). 

High School+

If you are an adult 21 years or older needing a high school diploma, there’s a new way to get one - through High School+.

High School Completion

North’s High School Completion program provides adults 19 years or older an opportunity to earn a high school diploma in a college setting.


Get job training (Phlebotomy certificate or Nursing Assistant-Certified) using the I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) model — one instructor in the classroom teaching the academic coursework and one to help you improve basic skills while you earn college credits.

Pre-college English

Take college preparatory English to help you develop reading and writing skills — beginning with grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension — with the goal of advancing to college-level composition and reading.

Pre-college Math

If you have taken less than 3 years of math in high school or need a refresher before entering college-level mathematics, enroll in NSC’s pre-college Math.