Adult Education

Helping adults achieve their educational and personal goals.

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What We Do

Our free classes empower adult students in their personal and professional lives. We serve people who wish to learn English, gain a basic education, prepare for the high school equivalency exam and develop job skills.

Did you know…

…Union Settlement is one of the area’s largest adult education providers? We are helping our neighbors achieve their goals.

Last year 298 infants and toddlers were able to attend
65 home-based childcare centers in our
Family Child Care Network.

“I want to get my diploma — something I could not achieve

when I was in high school.”

– Annette, Adult Education Student

Our innovative Home Health Aide Training

helps students begin careers in health care.

Through our partnership with the 92nd Street Y,

world famous authors discussed their work and careers

with our Writing Through Reading students.

We offer our students education counseling in

English and Spanish – for free.

Our Saturday and Evening Academy helps immigrants

attain the language and academic skills they need. 


Información en Español

Services & Programs

Summer 2016

Summer 2016 programs run from July 5 – August 25

Intensive English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) – Intermediate Level
Monday-Wednesday, 9am-1pm
July 5 – August 25

For immigrants who want to learn or improve their English, we offer a comprehensive English for Speakers of Other Languages program. Our ESOL classes are free. Our classes are taught by experienced instructors in the ESOL field, and are designed to help our adult students improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English. Our curriculum is based on the NYS Common Core Standards, preparing ESOL learners to communicate effectively in the American workplace and to continue their education at the post-secondary level.
Once you apply to our Program, we will test you using the BEST Plus 2.0 Assessment test to find out how well you understand spoken English and how well you speak in English in everyday practical situations. The results of this test will help us place you in the appropriate ESOL class
Alongside their ESOL classes, students attend basic computer skills and job preparation skills workshops that better prepare them for the workforce. Students also receive the benefit of our case management services to help them obtain support services in the community.
For more information call Brigette Delgado at 212-828-6017 or email her at

High School Equivalency (HSE) Preparation* Intensive Bootcamp

Monday-Wednesday, 9am-1pm
July 5 – August 25

Union Settlement’s BE-HSE program is for individuals ages 18 and older who are interested in improving their reading, writing, and Math skills in English.
Upon applying, we use the TABE (Test for Adult Basic Education) to assess the student’s reading and math levels. This assessment allows us to assign the student to the appropriate ABE or HSE class. We offer classes ranging from 4th grade to 12th grade learning levels according to the TABE.
Our curriculum is based on the NYS Common Core Standards with the goal of preparing students for the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), which has replaced the GED exams. The TASC demands the student to be a better reader, writer, and critical thinker. The TASC Exam has five sessions: Math, science, social studies, reading and, of course, writing. To learn more about the TASC Exam visit
We prepare students for the TASC test format, as well as train them to overcome test anxiety and other challenges that may hinder their ability to finish their education. Once the ABE/HSE instructor recommends the student to take the TASC exam, we refer the student to nearby sites based on space availability.
All ABE/HSE students also participate in the Workforce/Career Readiness workshops.
For more information, call Brigette Delgado at 212-828-6017 or email her at

Work Readiness Workshop
Thursdays, 10am-1pm
July 5 – August 25

The Workforce/Career Readiness Unit provides students with:
• Job Search Skills on the Web
• Resume Preparation Skills
• Filling out a Job Application on the Web
• Customer Service Communication Skills
• Interviewing Skills
• Information on job and training opportunities
• Information on the college application process
• Referral to job interviews and training programs
For more information contact Mr. Hurtado at 212-828-6014, or email him at

*Ability to work in English is required for this course. 

How to Register

All applicants must register in person.

You can come to our Office to fill out an application. Our Summer 2016 Office Hours are 10am – 4pm, Monday through Thursday.
Your can also complete the Adult Education Form [PDF] to enroll in our Program at Union Settlement.  Once you fill it out, you can mail it to the address below, or hand-deliver it to our office. Our Summer 2016 Office Hours are 10am – 4pm, Monday through Thursday. We can only accept original copies of the application.
Upon receipt of your application, we will schedule you for an assessment test, because you are placed in any class.

Printable form available here: Summer 2016 Adult Education Registration Form

Classes begin July 5th and end Aug 24th. They are scheduled on Mon, Tues and Wednesdays, 9am -1pm.

Fall 2016
We are already accepting enrollment applications for the Fall 2016 semester.
The OPEN REGISTRATION DAY will be Sept 13, 2016.
Classes will begin Sept 26th.
A Fall Class Schedule will be posted later on in July.

For more information on registration please contact Brigette Delgado or Yvette Padilla at (212) 828-6017 or (212) 828-8016.