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How Adult Education Classes at Community Schools Serve Philadelphians

19 June 2019

Adult learners support each other in class at Kensington Health Sciences Academy.

In Philadelphia, adult education classes at Community Schools are improving skills and changing lives.

Adult education classes connect Philadelphians to reading, writing, and math skills necessary for success in the workforce, thanks to the City’s Office of Adult Education and its partners. The Office of Adult Education is a division of the City’s Office of Workforce Development.

In 2018, in response to feedback from Community School communities, the Mayor’s Office of Education and the Office of Adult Education formed a partnership to provide English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education classes in Community Schools. And over 600 adults have attended classes at Philadelphia’s Community Schools.

Since the spring of 2018, enrollment in Community Schools’ adult education classes has increased with every new cohort of learners. Each adult learner has a chance to:

The adult learners who take classes at Community Schools widely report increased confidence and improved skills, translating to high-impact changes such as a newfound ability to navigate the city or to help their children with homework.

Read on to hear directly from adult learners about the profound ways classes in Community Schools have improved their lives.

English language successes

Personal successes

Family successes

The Community Schools initiative is a collaboration between the School District of Philadelphia, the City of Philadelphia, and community partners, and is central to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s vision for public education. Philadelphia currently has 17 designated Community Schools, where a Community School Coordinator supports added school-based programs and services for 10,000 students and their families and neighbors.

Community Schools have offered three cohorts of adult education classes so far, with another set to begin in the fall of 2019. For more information, contact the Office of Adult Education at 215-686-5250.

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