Welcome to Adult Basic Education

  • At Central Minnesota Adult Basic Education (ABE) we help adults to become fully participating, self-sufficient members of our society. Central MN ABE is a regional partnership between 26 school districts, including St. Cloud Area School District 742. Adult learners in these communities are served at numerous learning sites during daytime and evening class hours throughout the year. Central Minnesota ABE welcomes all adults, 17 or over, who are not currently enrolled in a regular school program.

    If you or someone you know is looking to improve basic reading, writing or math skills, earn a General Education Diploma (GED), improve English language skills (ESL) or learn more about parenting, we can help. We offer a flexible schedule of classes designed to fit the lives of busy adults. Support services are also available to help learners participate in classes and programs.

    Some of these include:

    • Basic Computer Skills Classes
    • Transitions
    • Job Searches
    • Career Exploration

    Our experienced and talented staff of professionals include licensed teachers, social workers, paraprofessionals, support staff, volunteer tutors and others. We are here to support you achieve your goals. If you are at least 17 years of age and are not currently enrolled in a regular school program, please call us at 320-529-6500, ext. 6211, or e-mail us at abe@isd742.org. Adult Basic Education is located in Discovery School at 700 7th Street South, Waite Park, MN  56387. Learn more about our programs and people in the NEW Adult Basic Education Mini Catalog HERE and 2017 Student Stories Book.

    Students are asked to pay a one-time $20.00 fee to help cover the cost of purchasing books and other instructional materials.

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