Aspire - High School Equivalency - ESOL

  • The Aspire program offers free ESOL, High School Equivalency (GED, HiSET), postsecondary preparation and career training for adult learners at many different locations throughout Columbus. Morning, afternoon and evening schedules are available. Distance Education classes are available as an option for those that cannot attend classes.


    How do I enroll in classes?

    All adults wishing to attend Aspire classes must attend orientation.

    Please refer to the appropriate orientation schedules below if you wish to enroll in High School Equivalency, Adult Diploma Program or pre-college classes.
    Please note: The phone number for Aspire information has changed. The new number is 380.997.7633.

    We are now accepting new students into our programs!       Call now to register.

    Free High School Equivalency Programs including Adult Diploma Program offering STNA   certification. 380.997.7633

    Please refer to the appropriate ESOL Orientation schedule below if you wish to enroll in adult English classes.
    The phone number for ESOL information is 380.997.0900.


    We are now accepting new students into our programs!    Call now to register.

    English for Speakers of Other Languages Free English classes for foreign-born adults.   380-997-7636

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    Advanced ESOL classes

    Note: You may not take classes if

    • You have an F-1 Visa.
    • You are enrolled in high school.

    Official High School Equivalency Tests

    Ohio recognizes the GED and HiSET examinations as being the equivalent of a high school diploma.  Like a regular high school diploma, passing scores on any of these tests enables the holder the opportunity to obtain employment, apply for career advancement, pursue higher education goals, or to reach a personal goal.

    You must be at least 19 years of age in order to take the GED test.

    The fee for the test is $120. When applying for the test ( you can request a one-time $80 voucher to lower the cost to $40.

    The Official GED® Test is administered at PearsonVue Testing Centers. All GED® testing is done by appointment only. Appointments are made on-line after completing an on-line registration at

     Find more information about the HiSET® exam here

    English for Speakers of Other Languages

    ESL classes are FREE and open to everyone who needs help learning English (F-1 visa holders may not attend classes)

    English is taught at many levels from beginning to advanced.

    Classes include listening, speaking, reading, writing, and basic citizenship.

    Classes are taught at a variety of locations throughout the city.

    GED classes are also available for ESL students.

    Adult Diploma Program

    Are you 22 years or older without a high school diploma?  See how you can earn your diploma and an industry certificate- all at no cost to you! Click here to learn more. 

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