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Bureau of Adult Education

The Bureau of Adult Education provides grants to school districts and private not-for-profit organizations for the purposes of offering educational services to adults who have not received a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate, or who need to improve basic skills in reading, math, writing, and English language learning.

Local adult education programs serve adult learners whose skills range from very basic to high school level. Adults are eligible for enrollment in any program supported by the Bureau of Adult Education if they

  • are at least 18 years of age
  • have not received a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate
  • are not currently enrolled in school
  • need to improve English language skills--speaking, listening, reading, writing
  • meet criteria for other programs such as English Language/Civics and College and Career Transitions
Adult Basic Education
FREE classes to improve basic skills in reading, writing, and math
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL)
FREE classes to improve speaking, listening, reading and writing in English
Adult Diploma Program
Classes to earn credits to complete the adult high school diploma or for college prerequisites

High School Equivalency Preparation
Classes to prepare for success on high school equivalency tests

Notice: In 2014, New Hampshire began using the HiSET Tests for high school equivalency assessment.

Adult Learner Services (Adult Tutorial) Program
FREE small classes for learner convenience or tutoring by volunteer tutors for people who cannot attend classes - in basic skills, high school equivalency preparation, and ESOL
High School Equivalency Testing Program
The Bureau administers the High School Equivalency Testing Program
Postsecondary Transitions EL/Civics Programs

Sarah Bennett
(603) 271-6699

Barbara Crosby
High School Equivalency Program Assistant
(603) 271-6699

Grants & Contracts Technician
(603) 271-6698
High School Equivalency & Staff Development
(603) 271-6701

New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street | Concord, NH | 03301-3494
Telephone: (603) 271-3494 | TDD Access: Relay NH 711