• Who is eligible for classes?

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    • Adult Residents of the Greater Lowell area.  This includes Lowell, Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford.
    • For High School Equivalency classes (GED/HiSET) Students must be at least 16 years old.  Students who are between 16-19 years old, must have formally withdrawn from high school.
    • For ESOL Classes Students must be 18 years old and older.
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  • What is the cost for adult education classes?

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    • Classes are FREE to adult residents of Greater Lowell.   Funding is provided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Adult and Community Learning Services), and Lowell Public Schools.  
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  • How do I register for classes?

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      Please go to our "How to Register Page" for detailed information. 

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  • How do I earn my High School Credential?

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    You must pass a High School Equivalency test.  In Massachusetts, candidates have two test options: the HiSET or the GED.

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  • Are High School Equivalency classes required? How long will it take to finish them?

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    Classes are not required in Massachusetts. 

    However, if you enroll in classes at AAEC, teachers can help you make the decision when you are ready to test.  The length of time you need to take classes varies.  Everyone is different!  It will depend on your educational background and how long you have been out of school.  

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  • Where and when are classes held?

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    • Morning classes are held at the Abisi Adult Education Center, 408 Merrimack Street, in downtown Lowell. 
    • High School Equivalency classes meet from 9am - 12pm.  ESOL Classes meet from  9:00am - 10:30am OR 11:00am  - 12:30 pm.
    • Evening classes are held at Lowell High School, 50  Father Morrissette Blvd, in downtown Lowell. High School Equivalency classes meet Monday and Wednesday nights, 6pm - 8:45pm.  ESOL Classes meet Monday & Wednesday night OR Tuesday and Thursday night, 6pm to 8:45pm.
    • We also offer classes at several different satellite locations throughout the city.  Please see Our Programs page for a complete list.
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  • How long are classes in session?

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    • Morning classes begin in September and run until June.
    • Evening classes begin in late September or early October and run until mid-May.
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  • Do you provide daycare?

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    No, we don't provide day care.  For parents who have children enrolled at the McAvinnue School, we have a family literacy program.   For others, we recommend working with local agencies, such as CTI and DTA,  that assist parents with child care services.   

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