These free classes to help New Yorkers learn basic education skills in reading, writing, and math.
New Yorkers can take free Adult Basic Education virtual classes to help improve skills, with a focus on reading, writing, and math. The Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) provides the program in partnership with NYC providers.
Who it's for
Classes are free and open to participants who:
- Live in New York City
- Are at least 16 years old
- Are not currently enrolled in school
- Do not have a high school diploma
- Have completed grade 11 or below, unless you have a Foreign or IEP Degree
- Depending on the provider, meet low-income or other location requirements
You must take at least the reading portion of the TABE (test of adult basic education) to find out if you’re eligible.
Classes are offered remotely for a minimum of 6 hours per week.
Find and connect to programs by visiting discoverDYCD. To find a provider on discoverDYCD:
- Type in the Keyword Search “High School Equivalency” to find a list of providers
- Filter based on where providers are located
- Reach out to providers directly by phone or email to learn more about their programs and how to apply
- Create an account in discoverDYCD and apply online
While each provider has their own process, all applicants must complete an application and take a TABE test to determine proper placement in classes.