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BCYF Adult Education

Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) Adult Education Programming builds invaluable skills for life and work.

We offer a flexible and supportive approach focused on our students. Programs take place at many BCYF community centers in Boston. Each year, thousands of adults take part in BCYF education programs, including:

  • studying for and taking the HiSET high school equivalency exam to expand career prospects,
  • taking English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) classes, and
  • taking citizenship classes to become empowered community members.
Contact

Michael A. Farma, 
BCYF Education Unit Manager

617-635-4920

English as a Second or Other Language

We offer English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) classes at all levels. This includes those with little or no knowledge of English, to those able to conduct simple conversations. We make these courses available at five BCYF community centers:

We also offer ESOL classes at English High School and the Mario Umana Middle School Academy. BCYF Jackson/Mann Community Center offers a unique family literacy program. Parents and children can take part in classes at the same time.

High School Equivalency

Get prepared

We offer HiSET high school equivalency preparation classes to adult learners at all grade levels. These classes help prepare you to take the HiSET high school equivalency exam. We prepare you to understand the concepts stressed in the exam and build on your knowledge. The goal is to give you the ability to earn scores that exceed passing requirements.

Online learning

Our courses are becoming more focused on online learning and testing. This will help you build the computer skills to succeed in higher education and the modern workforce. Online learning also provides flexibility for students to access a quality education from their local community center or home.

Lots of options

We are proud that BCYF was one of the first agencies approved to offer HiSET neighborhood testing sites in the state. You can take the exam at a number of different times and locations. We administer the HiSET exam to more than 800 candidates each year. We are also proud to provide preparation and testing for the Suffolk County House of Correction.

Upcoming HiSET Testing Dates and Locations

HiSET Site ID Number Testing Location Neighborhood Times Available Number of Stations Testing Dates
HSTC20007A BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center Jamaica Plain 9 a.m., 11 a.m. 12

January 3
January 4
January 5
January 6

HSTC20065A BCYF Charlestown Community Center Charlestown 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. 6

January 9
January 10
January 11
January 12
January 13

HSTC20095A BCYF Condon Community Center South Boston 5 p.m., 7 p.m. 10

January 17
January 18
January 19
January 20

HSTC20010A BCYF Shelburne Community Center Roxbury 9 a.m., 11 a.m. 5

January 23
January 24
January 25
January 26

HSTP20085A BCYF Administrative Office Mission Hill 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. 10 January 27
HSTC20004A BCYF Jackson Mann Community Center Allston/Brighton 5 p.m., 7 p.m. 8

February 6
February 7
February 8
February 9
February 10

HSTC20003A BCYF Perkins Community Center Dorchester 9 a.m., 11 a.m. 16

February 13
February 14
February 15
February 16
February 17

HSTC20009A BCYF Roslindale Community Center Roslindale 9 a.m., 11 a.m. 16

February 21
February 22
February 23

HSTP20085A BCYF Administrative Office Mission Hill 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. 10 February 24
HSTC20065A BCYF Charlestown Community Center Charlestown 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. 6

February 27
February 28
March 1
March 2
March 3

HSTC20007A BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center Jamaica Plain 9 a.m., 11 a.m. 12

March 6
March 7
March 8
March 9
March 10

HSTC20095A BCYF Condon Community Center South Boston 5 p.m., 7 p.m. 10

March 13
March 14
March 15
March 16

HSTC20010A BCYF Shelburne Community Center Roxbury 9 a.m.; 11 a.m. 5

March 20
March 21
March 22
March 23

HSTP20085A BCYF Administrative Office Mission Hill 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. 10 March 24
HSTC20004A BCYF Jackson Mann Community Center Allston/Brighton 5 p.m., 7 p.m. 8

April 3
April 4
April 5
April 6
April 7

HSTC20003A BCYF Perkins Community Center Dorchester 9 a.m., 11 a.m. 16

April 10
April 11
April 12
April 13

HSTC20009A BCYF Roslindale Community Center Roslindale 9 a.m., 11 a.m. 16

April 18
April 19
April 20
April 21

HSTC20007A BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center Jamaica Plain 9 a.m., 11 a.m. 12

April 24
April 25
April 26
April 27

HSTP20085A BCYF Administrative Office Mission Hill 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. 10 April 28