To provide adults opportunities to achieve their goals in a supportive, diverse, welcoming learning community through academic programming and guidance.
Since 1974, SCALE has provided classes and support services to more than 1,200 adult learners annually who need basic reading, writing and math skills, English instruction for non-native speakers, or a high-school credential. SCALE's fully accessible facilities include a computer lab and an on-site Test Center. Classes are free. Fees are charged for orientations, adult evening school, testing, and for the ADP (Adult Diploma Program).
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Adult Basic Education classes at SCALE focus on improving students' skills in reading, writing, social studies, science, and math so that you will be prepared to pass the HiSET exam (the high school equivalency test) and to enter college
Classes integrate English speaking, listening, pronunciation, vocabulary, reading, and writing. Technology is integrated into all classes as well.
SCALE offers HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) and ADP (Adult Diploma Program) services and testing.
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Please come visit us at: 167 Holland St., Somerville MA 02145
Contact SCALE with questions, comments, or praise. All members of the team at SCALE can be reached by phone at 617-625-6600 x6900. SCALE directors and program administrators are:
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The SCALE Scoop is a collection of student writing and articles about staff, presentations, field trips, and activities at SCALE. Check out the latest edition.
SCALE Audio Stories & Other Highlights:
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. SCALE students visited Mount Auburn Hospital to learn about breast cancer, then helped create this video to share what they learned with others:
- Breast Health Video in English: https://youtu.be/hLCgh9Ft9Nk
- Breast Health Video in Spanish: https://youtu.be/TS7ej1D44EQ
Volunteers are an integral part of SCALE's educational program, providing assistance in morning and evening ABE, ADP, HiSET preparation, and ELL programs. They find it extremely rewarding to work with SCALE students and represent an invaluable resource to SCALE staff and students by providing tutorials and classroom assistance in all departments. The contribution of volunteers enables SCALE to provide more individual and small group instruction than would otherwise be possible. Our volunteers are a diverse group, including college students, homemakers, former teachers, white- and blue-collar workers, and retirees. With each passing year, students, teachers, counselors, support staff, and administrators gain a new appreciation for the many gifts and talents our volunteers share with us. It is our goal to do everything possible to make the volunteer experience a rewarding one. Please email ABE Program Administrator Melissa Viscovich to inquire about volunteer opportunities.
School Closure Information
If there is a school closure because of snow, staff will receive a Connect-Ed telephone call from the District (in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole). Snow emergency information can also be found on this website, by calling 311, on local cable channels 15 and/or 16 and on television channels 4, 5, 7, 13, 25, and 56. Snow emergency information is also broadcast on the radio (WBZ 1030 AM and WBUR 90.9 FM).