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Adult Education

The Jeffco ABE (Adult Basic Education) program is offered to adults ages 18 and over who wish to improve their reading, writing, and math skills. This is a course focused on pre-GED skills to enable adult learners to refine skills to obtain employment, to open options for better employment, to develop greater academic proficiency with English, or to pursue a high school graduate equivalency diploma. The course is open to native-speakers of English as well as English language learners. This class meets twice each week at two different locations.

Locations and Scheduling Information


For information and to schedule ESL classes call Karen Caddoo
Adult ESL and Literacy Coordinator
English 303-982-7484
Spanish 303-982-5221


To provide more Colorado adult learners with a high school credential and basic technology skills, the Colorado Department of Education is partnering with GED Testing Service to offer the high school equivalency test on computer. Online registration and scheduling is now available to test-takers.

The computerized test is offered in three of locations: Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, Community College of Denver, Denver, Otero Junior College, La Junta.

For additional information, see the Colorado Department of Education website.

McLain Community High School's Adult Program

McLain Community High School's Adult Program (formerly known as the Competency-Based Program, or CB) offers a fully accredited diploma that is equal to any other high school diploma from Jeffco Public Schools.

The purpose of this program is to provide an alternative setting for adults to earn a high school diploma.

Program Description

  • Offers a variety of options for adult students after they have withdrawn from their high school
  • Courses offered every 9 weeks
  • Our program is flexible. Students can choose a full-time program of structured classes during the day or a self-paced, part-time program at night. All programs are seat-based and require your attendance.


  • Must be 18 years or older at the time of enrollment
  • Applicants must have withdrawn from their last school at least 30 days prior to enrollment
  • An official transcript from the last school attended must accompany the application

Orientation Information

  • Phone (303) 982-7462 for an orientation information.
  • Bring a copy of school transcripts from any previous school attended and a copy of GED scores if you have taken those tests.
    Fees are charged:
  • Age 21 and older: $150 for the first quarter ($85 for each quarter* following)
  • Age 18 - 21: $75 total for the first quarter ($10 for each quarter* following)
  • Parking pass for daytime classes: $31.25 each quarter *
    *One quarter is eight to nine weeks long


For additional information, call 303-982-7462.

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