Facilities & Resources

All of our students can use these resources:

  • 2 computer labs with internet access and a printer

  • Lending library with more than 1,000 books, dictionaries, and other resources (see staff for a tour and to learn how to check out books)

  • Assistance with job searches, resume preparation, and other real world goals

​​Our programs are designed for adults who want to:
  • Improve their basic reading and writing skills 

  • Improve their English language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing)

  • Prepare for the GED® or other High School Equivalency tests

  • Develop computer, health, civic, or financial literacy skills


We also serve teens and young adults (ages 16 to 24) who have left school prior to graduating to help them prepare for high school equivalency tests and learn about college and career pathways.




To enroll in our programs, prospective students must be able to: 


  • Coordinate their own transportation to and from our classroom locations. 

  • Communicate orally with program staff and tutors.

  • Commit to attending classes regularly and promptly. 

  • Demonstrate an interest in and positive attitude toward their education.

  • Complete the required registration process. 


Student Registration Process

1.  Call us at 919-489-8383. We will ask you for the following information:


  • Your name

  • Your phone number (and whether we can leave messages at this number)

  • Your age (or the age of the prospective student for whom you are calling)

  • The last grade that you completed in school

  • Why you would like to become a student with us

  • Your opinion on how well you read


If you reach our voice mail, please leave as much of this information as possible so that we can call you back. (We cannot return your call if you do not leave a message with your name and phone number. We cannot receive or send text messages.) 

2.  Program staff will give you the dates of the next orientation or registration session


  • Adult Literacy: We hold new student orientations in July/August and December/January. We may intake students during other months if we have available tutors in our basic literacy, pre-GED reading, or high school equivalency (GED or HiSET) tracks.


  • ESOL: We hold new student registrations in August, October, January, and March. 


  • Youth Achievement Program:  We provide placement testing by appointment


If your phone number changes before your orientation or registration session, please call us to give us your new contact information so that we can call to remind you about the session. 


3.  You will attend one or more orientation or registration sessions. In general, the sessions will include placement testing, an overview of the services we provide, and an interview that will help us to identify your goals and determine the best placement for you.


If we decide that you are a good fit for one of our programs, we will assign you to a small group class or match you with a tutor as soon as possible. In some cases, we are able to match students with a tutor or class within a month of registration. In other cases, it might take months to find a tutor with the skills and availability you require. We will do our best to keep you informed and get you started as soon as possible. 

If we determine that we do not have a program that will meet your needs, we will do our best to information and referrals to other local programs. 


To learn more about program-specific eligibility requirements, please see our program pages: 

4.  You will attend your first lesson or class.  Program staff will introduce you to your tutor and show you where to go for your first lesson.

Adult Literacy Students should bring the one-time $20 cost-sharing fee to their first lesson unless they have spoken to program staff about waiving the fee or making alternative arrangements. (If you cannot pay the fee, we will still serve you.)


ESOL students should bring the $20 book fee to their tutors during their first week of class. (If this is not possible, the tutors will arrange to have the student borrow a copy of the book during class.)


There are no fees for Youth Achievement Program students.


Community Resources

If you need information about child care, health care, legal services, transportation, or other resources, call this number: 2-1-1. 

You can also click on this link to go to the NC 2-1-1 website, which contains information about many services in the Durham area. 

​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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