Adult Learning Center Events

 Lawrence Public Schools - Adult Learning Center
ALL CLASSES FOLLOW THE LAWRENCE PUBLIC SCHOOLS CALENDAR and during the 2020-21 School Year all instruction will be remote.
ESOL Classes (Levels I-V)
Monday - Friday 8:30 - 11:30 AM
Tues/Wed/Thurs 12:15 - 2:30 PM
Tues/Wed/Thurs. 5:45 -  8:45 PM
SPANISH ABE/High School Equivalency Test Prep
Monday - Friday 8:30 - 12:30 PM
Tues/Wed/Thurs 1:15 - 2:30 PM
Tues/Wed/Thurs  5:45 - 8:45 PM
ENGLISH ABE/High School Equivalency Test Prep
Monday - Friday 8:30 - 11:30 AM
Tues/Wed/Thurs 12:15 - 2:30 PM
Tues/Wed/Thurs. 5:45 - 8:45 PM
Family Literacy Programs - Leahy School, Arlington, and Oliver Partnership School
Tuesday/Wednesday 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Evaluation Assessments are held at the LPS - ALC at 147 Haverhill Street, Lawrence, MA.  
See the main ALC webpage for an updated placement test schedule.
Students are placed in classes as space permits.  Students not enrolled immediately will be placed on our wait list and placed as soon as space is available.


Lawrence Public Schools - Adult Learning Test Center
Lawrence Public Library
51 Lawrence Street, 3rd floor
Phone: (978) 722-8114

Tuesday - Friday 8:30 - 2:30

 Chief Examiner, Jazmin Paulino                                                          Examiner, Sandra Guzman


Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has contracted with ETS and Pearson to provide the following High School Equivalency: GED and HiSET.  The HiSET test is available in both paper/pencil and computer testing, and will be administered at the Lawrence ALC Test Center in either format in both English and Spanish.  The GED is available computer based only in English and Spanish.  Testers MUST go online, create an account, and register and pay for tests at  or  We are happy to assist with all aspects of registration through testing.  Please call us for information: 978-722-8114.

Register at to get your free initial HSE Credential and Official Transcript, to preview your documents, and to order additional documents.  All records are accessed through this company that has been contracted by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.


Other Resources:, search for math (access through Lawrence Public Library, then click on Learning Express)


Placement Testing for potential students is as follows:

Due to COVID-19, Placement Testing and NRS Assessments will take place as needed, and utilizing "remote" testing procedures approved by the Adult and Community Learning Services unit of MA-DESE, as well with LPS District approval.


English(ESOL) Class Status as of October 2020:

AM/Afternoon/Evening Classes= Waiting List is Full. Please check back in November for the next placement test date, and or enrollment schedule. 

English High School Equivalency Class Status as of October 2020:

AM/Morning & PM/Afternoon/Classes = Space Availabe. Evening classes are full!

Spanish High School Equivalency Class Status as of October 2020:

AM/Morning & PM/Afternoon/Classes = Space avaible. Evening Program is full!


Please Check in from time to time, and or call: 978-722-8110 for enrolment information. Currently the intake process will be conducted on-line, and placement testing will be scheduled when the waitlist and intake list students have been contacted. On-line testing can take up to 2 hours, so please plan accordingly.  When we do return to in-person contact, we do recommend that you bring a government issued picture ID (not required) to help with our intake and testing process. The Placement testing will take place at the Learning Center 147 Haverhill St., Lawrence, MA. Entrance is through the side door of the building, across from the Lawrence Senior Center. 


****For more information regarding class status, complete the form below***

                        Adult Learning Center Inquiry Form

The Adult Learning Center wants to congratulate our students Oriana Marte and Erick Melo for graduating this year! You did it class of 2020!


To our ALC extended family, in light of the current situation that we are all facing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the entire nation with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have prepared an “ALC Remote Learning plan” for our adult students at the LPS - Adult Learning Center. 

Consistent with MA-DESE guidelines that state: “We strongly recommend that districts and schools focus on reinforcing skills already taught this school year and applying and deepening these skills. We recognize that in some cases, teachers and students may wish to continue with new material, particularly at the high school level. In these cases, districts should consider equity of access and support for all students.”   Under the current situation – less is more.

As a staff, we will continue working remotely to support our adult students, and their learning. But we wish to remind everyone that many of our adult students are: parents, part of a family, living independently, caregivers, still working, unemployed, and may only be able to access learning through a smartphone. Some of our students may also be impacted either directly or indirectly from COVID-19. With that in mind, we offer the following recommendations:

  • We will continue the work with students that began more than three weeks ago;
  • Continue to utilize e-mail, phone calls, texting, Remind, WhatsApp, Zoom, and Google Classroom as both a means to communicate/stay engaged with students, and as a platform to support student learning;
  • Utilize the LPS access to Zoom and Google Classroom with LPS e-mail address;
  • Adhere to the “Office Hours” for instruction and support of student learning  
    • Day Time Staff: 9:00am-12:00pm (Monday- Friday) 
    • Afternoon Staff: 12:15pm - 2:30pm (Tuesday - Thursday)
    • Evening Staff: 6:00pm-8:00pm (Tuesday-Thursday)
    • Family Literacy Staff: Tuesday & Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Teachers will communicate regularly with students (at least once a week)
    • provide students first with engagement/support, and
    • with instructional support in the form of reviewing previously learned standards, skills, or concepts; and,
    • correct & review student work,
    • refer students to advisors for outside support and resources,
    • Record all contacts with students, and work assigned,
  • Students will remain in contact with their teacher and
    • Provide updated e-mail, and or phone number
    • Share with teachers important information
    • Complete assigned work based on ability
    • Contact an ALC staff member utilizing the LPS e-mail, e.g., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Massachusetts offers both the GED and HiSET as approved tests that lead to the awarding of a Massachusetts High School Equivalency credential.   The Lawrence Public Schools - Adult Learning Center Test Center is located at the Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence Street (3rd floor), Lawrence, MA. We administer the HiSET test  in both Paper/Pencil and Computer format in English or Spanish.  The GED test is administered in both English and Spanish, computer-based only.  Those planning to take either set of tests must register for an account at or, schedule tests and pay for testing through this same website.  We at the LPS-ALC Test Center are happy to help.  Please call us at 978-722-8114 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our Center is prepared to assist adults who are interested in preparing to take the test through our classes at the Lawrence Public Schools - Adult Learning Center, located at 147 Haverhill Street. 

Please contact us to answer any questions: 978-722-8113