Basic & Transitional Studies

Basic & Transitional Studies offers a variety of programs to help learners of all levels, providing the education needed to prepare for college and career readiness.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes are for adults who are already proficient in the English language but wish to improve their basic reading, writing and math skills. ABE classes are also for a student whose COMPASS test results require that they improve their basic skills before they head into college–level courses. Learn more and enroll

General Educational Development (GED®)

GED prep classes are available to prepare for taking the GED® test, a placement test that qualifies one for college–level courses. Learn more

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered to help non–native speakers to communicate in English.Learn more and enroll

Integrated Basic Education & Skills Training (I–BEST)

Integrated Basic Education & Skills Training (I–BEST) programs create opportunities at the basic skills level for both ESL and ABE students to enroll in college–level programs and earn a certificate in a high–demand industry. Learn more


We also offer classes for high school graduates that need to brush up on reading, writing and math skills before beginning college–level courses. Emphasized skills will help students prepare for placement tests, including the COMPASS. Learn more and enroll

High School Programs

Still in high school? We have high school completion programs (GED® High School 21+ and High School Completion) as well as college and job prep programs (Running Start and Tech Prep). Learn more

The NEW Learning Center Seattle serves 16 to 21 year olds who have not completed high school but want to earn a GED® and go on to college, technical training or start working. Learn more


Group and individual training is available for anyone enrolled in Seattle Central classes. Learn more

Note: All of our class outcomes are tied to the Washington State Learning Standards.

Learning Center Seattle

Learning Center Seattle serves 16 to 21 year olds (16 before Sept. 1) and have not completed high school but want to earn their GED® to go on to college or technical training program (tuition–free) and/or start a career. Students who meet the age eligibility requirements and already have a GED® are also eligible to enroll in the Learning Center Seattle program. Learn More

Learning Center Seattle is located at:
Seattle Vocational Institute
2120 South Jackson Street (Room 610)
Seattle WA 98144

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