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Adult ESL and Literacy

The mission of Jeffco Public Schools’ Adult ESL and Literacy program is to provide quality English language and literacy instruction that prepares adult learners for a successful future. Classes are designed to challenge English language learners to improve their literacy, listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar skills. Pre and post-test assessments are used to measure student progress and guide instruction. We offer two types of FREE English as a Second Language programs:

  • Adult Literacy (Adult Emergent Readers):
    • Free Basic Literacy, Literacy, and Basic ESL classes for newly-arriving refugees. Through participation in this program, students will gain life-improving English literacy skills and take part in integration activities, allowing them to more fully assimilate in US life.
  • Adult ESL:
    • Free Beginning through Advanced ESL and Adult Basic Education classes for all non-native English speakers looking to improve their English skills. Through participation in our program, students will be well-suited to improve their education and to gain the skills necessary for employment.

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Term 1 Interest Form:

I'm Interested
in Term 1

Term 1 is October 30, 2023 - February 23, 2024, 13-weeks with 9.25 hours of instruction per week.

Please see our annual calendar for all terms and vacation schedules. If you have questions, please email: [email protected]. Thank you!


Free morning, afternoon, and evening English ESL (English as a Second Language) and Adult Basic Education English Language Arts* (ABE) classes are available for adults ages 18 and over.

Terms are 13 weeks in length and are offered year-round with two managed enrollment periods.

Term 1 enrollment will open on October, 2023.

Fill out the Term 1 interest form to receive an email when Term 1 enrollment opens.


2023-2024 Term 1 and Term 2*

*Schedules subject to change


Family Literacy Building
5280 W. Ohio Ave.
Lakewood, CO  80226
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Thomson Elementary 
7750 Harlan St.
Arvada, CO 80003  
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Adams 12 Administrative Building
1500 E 128th Ave.
Thornton, CO 80241  
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Online and hybrid classes will meet on Google Meet.


For all general inquiries, please email us: [email protected]

Oliva Castillo
Technician-Program Support

Jeffco Schools does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or age in its programs or activities.

For questions regarding instruction of adults with disabilities, please contact the Accessible Design Coordinator, Keenan Sweigart, at 303-982-5221 or email [email protected]

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