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“I felt empowered to move forward to a better education” – Valerie Q, Adult Learner

Adults who are interested in furthering their education or improving their skills have a variety of programs to choose from in Philadelphia. At the Office of Adult Education we help to connect residents to life changing educational opportunities with myPLACE℠.

myPLACE℠ offers free classes and individualized tutoring for Philadelphia residents ages 16+ who are looking to go back to school to prepare for college, start a new career or learn English as another language. 

Classes emphasize basic skills, such as reading, writing, math, learning English language, comprehension and digital literacy. 

Visit a myPLACE℠ Campus for:

☑️ English as a Second Language (ESL) 
☑️  In-person, one-on-one or online classes
☑️  Finish your diploma
☑️  Get your high school equivalency (GED® or HiSET®)
☑️  Gain basic computer skills
☑️  Learn how to read
☑️  Prepare for a college placement or work exam in your neighborhood or online
☑️  Start on a path to a new job or better career
☑️  Receive personal support from a learning coach and tutor

Getting started is easy!

Busy schedule? No problem!
Ask about convenient online courses for adults in math, reading and writing. Improve your skills on YOUR TIME, anywhere, and on any device!

Take classes at over 30 locations throughout Philadelphia!

Download a myPLACE flyer (English | Spanish)

new iconmyPREP the new test prep solution

myPREP℠ is a self-paced, online test-preparation and career advancement course. Learners take a simple diagnostic and receive a customized learning plan with specific online modules to take to help them learn the skills they need to take the next steps in their education and careers. With the support of our fantastic online instructor, learners then have three months to complete their modules, at their own pace, receiving a certificate of completion at the end.


1. Why do I need to do an assessment?

The assessment tests your reading, writing, and math skill and is to make sure you are enrolled in the class that is right for you. You do not need to study before the assessment.

2. What do I need to bring to the intake and assessment appointment?

Bring photo ID and know the last 4 digits of your social security number.

3. How long does the assessment test take?

Please allow up to three hours for the appointment.

4. Is there a cost for the assessment?

No, the assessment is free of charge.

5. Are the classes free?

Most classes are free. Some classes have a materials fee of around $30. Please tell your learning coach is you would like to be enrolled in a free class.

6. I can’t make my assessment. Can I reschedule?

Yes. Please call the location of your assessment to reschedule. Appointments require 48 hours notice to reschedule. After two missed appointments you will be asked to wait 6 months from  your second appointment to schedule again.

Center for Literacy in Old City: (215) 474-1235

Community Learning Center in West Philadelphia: (215) 910-2667

Congreso de Latinos Unidos in North Philadelphia: (215) 763-8870 x7268

District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund in Center City: (215) 568-2234

7. The assessment appointment is hard for me to get to. Do I have to take classes there?

No. The assessment is a one-time appointment. Classes are available at more than 20 partner organizations around Philadelphia, and some are offered in the evening. For eligible learners, classes are also available online. To see a map of where partner organizations are located click here. To learn more about myPLACE℠ Online classes, click here.

Class Locations

View a map of partner agencies.

Adults Can Learn To Read (Kingsessing Branch Library)

1201 S. 51st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Aquinas Center

1700 Fernon Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Ben Franklin High School (EOP)   

550 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Center for Literacy                                   

399 Market Street #201, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Community Center at Visitation 

2646 Kensington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Community College of Philadelphia

1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Community Learning Center*

229 N. 63rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139

District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund*

100 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19110

E3 Center, JEVS

112 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102


E3 Congreso de Latinos Unidos*

2800 N. American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133

Emerging Ministries

1901 Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Family Solutions CDC

4201 Powelton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Garces Foundation

1117 E Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Harvest Time Christian Fellowship

4001 N. 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140

HELMS Academy at Dornsife

3909 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Hope Partnership for Education

4224 N. Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Hunting Park High School (EOP)

4224 N. Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140

IHM Center for Literacy NE

7341 Cottage Street, Philadelphia, PA 19136

IndoChinese American Council

4934 Old York Road, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Lutheran Settlement House

1340 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries

1939 W. Venango Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Nationalities Service Center

1216 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

New World Association

9857 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19115

Northeast GED Center

1928 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111

Overbrook High School (EOP)

5898 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Paschallville ESL

6942 Woodland Ave (in the library), Philadelphia, PA 19142

PEDAL GSE (Walnut Street West Library)

201 S. 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

People Employing People (PEP)

325 N. 39th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Philadelphia OIC

1231 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Project HOME Honickman Learning Center

1936 N. Judson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Project WOW

2770 Red Lion Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114

Providence Center

2635 N. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133

Salvation Army

701 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123


South Philadelphia High School (EOP)

2101 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Southwest CDC

6328 Paschall Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19142

Sullivan GED Program/Zion Baptist Church

3700 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Temple University CSPCD

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11

2527 U.S. 522, McVeytown, PA 17051

Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

1617 JFK Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103

West Park Cultural Center

5114 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131



*Assessment and Intake locations

Learner Feedback

“I learned how to properly make a resume and about how I need to learn skills for future jobs.” – Hector L.

“I felt empowered to move forward to a better education” – Valerie Q.

“I got to research the careers that I want to get into after I get my GED.” – Vernetta P.

“The best thing about this course is that, I was able to move at my own past and that my instructors made me feel comfortable to ask questions no matter how small, big or stupid the question may have seemed.” – Andrew A.

“It helps organize your thoughts of what steps you need to take to reach your goals.” – Bianca M.

“Learning how to schedule my day to day activities so I am able to fit study time into my day. Learning how to search for a job online and not be scammed.” – Cecilia C.

“I would like to say that before starting this course I wasn’t at all confident about my ability to take a math test. I felt nervous and a little overwhelmed. After taking this course my confidence shows not only in math but in overall life I’m much happier and less nervous when walking into a classroom. I would like to say Thank You to Anne, and everyone involved in foundation of mathematics. Thank You!!”

Contact Us Today

Call (215) 686-5250 to enroll in your first class.

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