Adult Basic Education

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Each semester over 150 students whose 1st language is not English come to Keefe at Night for English as a Second Language classes. These classes help students acclimate and succeed in so many ways!

A brief and informal placement test determines the level best suited for the student:

Book 1: very little or no English
Book 2: a little language and minimal or no English reading or writing skills
Book 3: some familiarity with English, including some reading and writing skills
Book 4: ability to converse and read English; emphasis is on dialect and regional terms and expressions

Students receive a certificate of completion at the end of each course, which may help in career growth.

The course runs every semester for 66 hours over 22 sessions – usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tuition is $250 and includes the text and the work book.

Those new to the Keefe at Night program must take the pre-test – either by appointment or just before the start of the program.

HiSet Classes (formerly GED)

HiSet is the New GED. This program – adopted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, replaces the GED exam and successful candidates may sit for the Commonwealth’s high school equivalency exam (although, it is important to note: participation is not REQUIRED to sit for the exam.)

Course work includes writing, English, social studies, science, literature and mathematics in preparation for the High School equivalency exam.

The program is 40 hours over 16 session – usually on Mondays and Wednesdays and Tuition is $250

HiSet Test

To sit for the HiSet test (with or without the Keefe at Night preparation class) candidates must be:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • May not be enrolled in a high school diploma or equivalency credential program
  • Be a resident of Massachusetts, living in Massachusetts.

Other information on testing may be found at or by calling 781-338-6604