Adult Basic Education


The mission of Adult Basic Education (ABE) in Minnesota is to provide adults with educational opportunities to acquire and improve their literacy skills necessary to be self-sufficient and to participate effectively as productive workers, family members, and citizens.

To be eligible for ABE, an individual must be all of the following:

  1. 17 years of age or over
  2. Not enrolled in secondary school
  3. Functioning below the 12th grade level in any of the basic academic areas including reading, math, writing, and speaking English.

Join a Class

We offer instruction in several areas — join us to study:

  • Adult Diploma: Programs for eligible adults leading to a high school diploma from a sponsoring Minnesota school district.
  • Basic Skills Enhancement: For learners who need goal-specific elementary or secondary level basic skills such as work-related math, functional literacy (e.g.- banking skills), reading or writing assistance. Generally considered "brush-up" and not leading to a diploma or GED.
  • GED/ABE Classes: The General Educational Development (GED) diploma is a national high school equivalency program that includes 4 content areas: reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science, and social studies.
  • Citizenship Education: Programs which prepare Minnesota non-citizens for the U.S. citizenship exam given by the INS. Includes application preparation and English language instruction. Also may include content related to general civic content and participation in society.
  • ESL: English as a Second Language. For learner's whose native language was not English.

Where, When, and How?

Check out our 2022-23 Class Schedule for information on our class times, locations, and instructors. 

We have class sites in:

You can study with ANY of our instructors and you can study at ANY of our class locations. Find a class near you! All classes and study materials are FREE of charge.

Take Your GED

The St. Croix River Education District office in Rush City is a registered GED testing site. Learn how to register to take your GED with us.

We have multiple dates for you to take your GED test this year:

  • Wednesday, March 8th, 2023
  • Tuesday, March 21st, 2023
  • Wednesday, April 5th, 2023
  • Tuesday, April 18th, 2023
  • Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023
  • Tuesday, May 16th, 2023

ABE Class Schedule 2022-2023


Reach out to our ABE team using the contact info. below. You can also follow us on Facebook to hear about program updates!

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