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Adult Basic Education


Improve your skills in reading, writing, and math

About Adult Basic Education

Strengthen your educational foundation and become more confident in reading, writing, and math with Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes. Basic Education classes are designed to help you better use reading, writing, and math in real life situations. Whether you’re looking for a better job or you’d like to help your children with homework Basic Education classes can help upgrade your skills.

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Who are these classes for?

What will you learn?

Classes are geared for adults learning at 1st to 8th-grade levels or 9th to 12th-grade levels. Often students begin with English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and move on to Basic Education classes to sharpen their skills in reading, writing, and math. Once students feel confident in their skills they can take GED classes to earn their high school diploma.

  • Improve basic reading, writing & math skills

  • Increase your  earnings potential by preparing for a new job or advancing in your current job

  • Prepare for more advanced education, such as the GED or college courses

From our alumni...

I’m going to adult ed to help me brush up on everything, including practicing math. I’ll stay with adult ed to learn good study habits and to continue learning how to be successful at Cabrillo.
- Kelley


6500 Soquel Drive Aptos, CA 95003

521 Main St # Y, Watsonville, CA 95076

318 Union St, Watsonville, CA 95076

1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

840 N. Branciforte Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95062

319 La Fonda Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

294 Green Valley Road Watsonville, CA  95076

Providers, Classes and Pricing for Basic Ed

Take a look at some of the pricing and providers offering classes in Santa Cruz County.

Tips: Before you start...

Here are a few things to know about program requirements and preparation

  • Basic Education classes are free

  • Register in person

  • Classes are for adults who speak Spanish and/or English

Providers offering Basic Education


WASC Adult Education

Watsonville/Aptos/Santa Cruz Adult Education offers educational programs to support your career growth, learn a new language, earn your diploma equivalency or create a pathway to college.


Classes and Pricing:

  • Classes are FREE at WASC Santa Cruz for Basic Education classes

  • Classes are held in the morning and evenings. New class starts each semester

  • Classes are for adults who speak English 

Provider Tips:  

  • Call for more information about classes 

  • More WASCAE tips


Community Bridges - La Manzana and Live Oak Community Resources​

Community Bridges staff build a warm, friendly, safe place for the community to access resources that offer stability and hope for the future. La Manzana and Live Oak Community Resources is part of the Community Bridges family.


Classes and Pricing:

  • Classes are FREE through the Literacy Program at La Manzana

  • Classes are focused on improving reading and writing (literacy) in Spanish and English 

  • Includes graduation certificates for elementary and secondary education

  • Classes meet weekly


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Senderos is a multi-service nonprofit creating successful pathways for the Latino community of Santa Cruz County and building cross-cultural connections locally and abroad. Tutoring and scholarships offered at Senderos for youth and adults promote biliteracy, biculturalism, academic skills, and higher education. 

Class and Pricing:

  • Classes are FREE through the Plaza Comunitaria program at Senderos

  • For adults who speak Spanish

  • Classes include Basic English, Computer Skills, and Citizenship Test preparation

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Cabrillo College


Cabrillo College offers basic education math courses to prepare them for the classroom or the workplace. By completing a three-course series, students can receive a Basic Math Certificate and will be prepared for higher level math skills and for-credit courses at Cabrillo. Obtaining both certificates meets the prerequisite for Math 154 Elementary Algebra! Learn more about how to move from non-credit to credit math courses by meeting with a Cabrillo counselor.


Class and Pricing:

  • Non-credit Math classes at Cabrillo College are FREE

  • Classes are offered in Spring, Summer and Fall semesters

  • Classes are offered at the Watsonville campus in the morning and the evening

  • Classes are offered at the Aptos campus in the afternoon 

  • See class times and locations

Provider Tips:

  • Attend class and the instructor will help you register that day

  • Students may enroll up to 3 months into the semester

  • More Cabrillo registration tips

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