One-on-one basic literacy tutoring for adults who read at or below an 8th grade reading level. Each student meets with a trained volunteer tutor for 90-minute lessons twice per week. The lessons are designed to improve reading and writing skills using multi-sensory, phonics-based methods and a combination of Wilson Reading System and real-world materials. (Lessons take place Mondays through Thursdays between 9am and 12pm OR between 4:30pm and 8:30pm at 1905 Chapel Hill Road.)

Small-group reading classes for adults who read at or above a 6th grade reading level and who complete an oral diagnostic assessment. These classes currently meet for 1.5 to 2 hours two or three times per week and are taught by AL staff.  (These classes are also called STAR (STudent Achievement in Reading) classes. STAR is a national effort to promote evidence-based reading instruction for intermediate-level adult readers.) These classes take place at 1905 Chapel Hill Road.


One-on-one tutoring to prepare students to take GED® or HiSET tests.* These classes are designed for adults who read at or above a 9th grade level and/or complete an oral diagnostic assessment that shows they are ready for this level of study. Morning and evening classes are available.

One-on-one project-based tutoring for adults who already read at or above an 8th grade reading level but need tutoring to achieve specific goals (e.g., improve basic writing skills, improve computer literacy skills, pass GED® tests). (Lessons take place Mondays through Thursdays between 9am and 12pm OR between 4:30pm and 8:30pm at 1905 Chapel Hill Road.)

Supplemental workshops. Workshops for students focus on health, civic, and financial literacy. Workshops for tutors provide opportunities to review curricula, share ideas, and learn new strategies. Movie and game nights are open to all.

Adult Literacy Staff

Gardy Perard (Coordinator)

   919.489.8383, ext. 26

Rebecca Schaffer (Associate)

   919.489.8383, ext. 27

The Adult Literacy Program serves 100 adults ages 19 and older each year. We match adult learners with trained volunteer tutors or place them in small-group classes taught by program staff. Our students receive research-based instruction in reading and writing or GED/HiSET instruction tailored to their individual needs. They also work toward a wide range of personal goals such as applying for jobs, registering to vote, and managing their finances.

Adult Literacy Program


​​The Adult Literacy Program is designed to empower adults (18 years old and older) through a student-centered approach to learning. We provide the following services at 1905 Chapel Hill Road:

* GED® is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education (ACE) and administered exclusively by GED Testing Service LLC under license. This material [or content] is not endorsed or approved by ACE or GED Testing Service.

​Contact us:​


Phone: (919) 489-8383  




Location: 1905 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707


Mailing address:  PO Box 52209, Durham, NC 27717


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