Lowell Public School System

Who is eligible for classes?

Greater Lowell residents who are at least 16 years old and have formally withdrawn from school can participate in ABE/HiSET classes. Greater Lowell residents who are at least 18 years old can take ESOL classes.

What towns are included in the Greater Lowell Area?

Lowell, Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, and Westford.

Where are classes held?

Daytime classes are held at our main location: 408 Merrimack Street Lowell, MA (downtown – across from the Pollard Memorial Library). Evening classes are held at Lowell High School on Father Morrissette Blvd in downtown Lowell.

We also offer classes at several different satellite locations. Please refer to Our Programs page for a complete listing.

What days and times are classes held?

Morning Classes:

  • HiSET classes meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
  • ESOL classes meet Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 10:30 am OR 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Evening Classes:

  • HiSET and ESOL classes meet Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

When do you register for classes?

The Lowell Adult Education Center has registration throughout the school year. It is highly recommended that you register as early in the year as possible. Classes begin in September and go through June, following the Lowell Public School calendar. Registration for morning classes is held Monday through Thursday at 9:00 am at our main location at 408 Merrimack Street. Registration for evening classes is held Monday through Thursday at 6:00 pm at Lowell High School on Father Morrissette Blvd.

What is the cost for adult education classes?

There is no cost for classes. The Lowell Public School System and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Adult and Community Learning Services work together to provide funding to the Lowell Adult Education Center for free instruction.

Do you receive grades in the classes?

Although no formal grades are given, students are kept aware of their progress through feedback provided by teachers.

Do you provide daycare?

No. However, several other local organizations help adults with child care services. We encourage adults to work closely with these agencies. We also operate two family literacy programs – call or drop by for more information.

What is the HiSET?

The HiSet is the High School Equivalency Assessment for residents of Massachusetts beginning in January 2014.

What is required to pass the HiSET test?

The HiSET Test consists of five (5) subtests which include: Language Arts, Reading; Language Arts, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

When are the testing dates?

Generally, Lowell Adult Education Center conducts testing one (1) weekend a month. Tests are given on Friday evenings at 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm and on Saturday mornings at 8:30 am, 10:00 am and 11:30 am. Please go to our Testing Schedule for specific test dates and times. Tests are scheduled directly through HiSET from your account.

What test format does LAEC offer?

LAEC offers the paper based format.

What is the cost of the HiSET test?

You are charged for the test by HiSET when you schedule your tests. There are two options available:

  • Option 1: Full Battery Purchase Fee is $100.
  • Option 2: Individual Test Purchase. With this option there will be a total cost of $125. The initial fee is $29 and for each subsequent test you will be charged $24.00.

For methods of payment and/or additional information, please go to the HiSET website.

What documents can be used for identification for the tests?

  • A valid passport
  • A valid driver’s license from any state
  • A state-issued ID card
  • National ID card
  • Military ID card

You must present proper identification at the test center for each test session. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted. Failure to provide documentation will prohibit you from taking the exam.

What documentation should I bring with me on the day of the test?

  • Acceptable and valid ID as required by Massachusetts. Make sure your name on your ID appears EXACTLY as it does in the profile you created in your HiSET account. There are no exceptions.
  • Massachusetts Eligibility form
  • Test appointment confirmation (printed from your HiSET account).

If you are 16 or 17 years old:

  1. You must bring the official letter of withdrawal from your last school of attendance. Failure to provide this documentation will prohibit you from taking the exam.
  2. Your Massachusetts Eligibility form
  3. must be signed by your guardian.