Adult Basic Education (GED, High School 21+, College Prep)

Adult Basic Education (ABE) is comprised of three programs designed to teach foundational skills — reading, writing, math and technology— so adults can move through high school and college and into high-demand jobs. The programs are designed for adults with academic skills below high school completion level or who need to improve their skills.

The goal of the ABE program is to advance students quickly and purposefully toward degrees and certificates, graduating students’ from college and starting careers. The programs offer a life-changing opportunity for adults to succeed as students, employees, parents and citizens.

High School Equivalency/GED®

By taking and passing a series of high school equivalency exams, adults can demonstrate they have acquired the same level of knowledge as a high school graduate. Washington state currently uses the four-part GED® tests for its high school equivalency test.

For information about eligibility, cost, preparation and other details, see the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges web page.

High School 21+

High School 21+ (HS 21+) is a competency-based high school diploma program for adult learners age 21 and older who do not have a high school diploma or equivalency.

Adults demonstrate competencies in reading, writing and math contextualized in science, history, government, occupational studies, and digital literacy.

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Credit may be awarded through alternative means including, but not limited to:

  • • high school and college transcript credits
  • • work, life, military experience
  • • prior learning portfolio
  • • credit for testing

College Prep

College prep courses teach foundational skills in reading, writing, math and technology— so adults can move more quickly through pre-college English and math and begin college level coursework.

Tuition is $25 per quarter, with an additional charge for the official GED® test. Financial and other support services are available through Workforce Education

Steps to Enroll in Adult Basic Education classes

  1. 1. Apply for admission to NSC to obtain a Student ID (SID) number. You can apply online at Web Admissions or in person at the Admissions/Registration office, which is located on the second floor of the College Center building.
  2. 2. Register for an ABE Orientation at Admissions/Registration.
  3. 3. Attend ABE Orientation to register for classes.

Note: If you are pursuing HS21+, please bring your high school transcript to the orientation.

  • Transition Specialist
  • Shan Lackey
  • email
  • (206) 934-4537
  • Basic & Transitional Studies Division
  • Program Coordinator
  • Alexandra Abeyta
  • email
  • (206) 934-4549
  • Location
  • IB 2407C
  • Division Contacts
  • email
  • (206) 934-4720
  • Mailing Address
  • NSC Basic & Transitional Studies Division
  • 9600 College Way N
  • 3NC2407C
  • Seattle, WA 98103
  • Dean
  • Curtis Bonney