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Interested in attending SCALE?  

  • Fill out an interest form online.
  • Call 617-625-6600 x6900 to speak to one of our advisors.
  • Come in during office hours to complete an application for ELL classes. 


Fall Class Catalog

College Readiness and Career Classes

The SCALE program is pleased to announce the start of college readiness and career-orientation classes in October 2023. These classes are funded by a JCRT grant from the City of Somerville and will be offered free of charge to Somerville residents. 

Basic Accounting with Quickbooks

In this class, you will learn essential financial management skills, and spreadsheet proficiency and preparation for the Quickbooks Online certification. This class is ideal for students with limited or no accounting knowledge who are seeking to improve their financial literacy, small business owners or managers responsible for financial management, and job seekers looking to enhance their employability in administrative and financial roles.

Introduction to the I.T. Landscape

This course is targeted to students with little to no information technology (IT) background who are looking to better understand the broader IT landscape. This class covers a broad range of technology industry concepts and trends and some underlying current and future developments in IT. This class is ideal for students with minimal knowledge in IT, who are interested in a career in IT.

Patient Experience

In this class, you will learn how to effectively communicate with patients and family members. You will develop patient-centered communication skills applicable to current or future jobs in healthcare. You will learn about available resources at institutions and organizations providing healthcare training and certification.

College Readiness Class

This class will equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their college journey. Topics covered include academic skills, study habits, time management, and career development. 

Spanish High School Equivalency Classes

In this class, you will receive reading, writing and math instruction to prepare for the High School Equivalency Exams in Spanish.

Standard SCALE Classes + Programs

ABE – Adult Basic Education classes

Adult Basic Education classes at SCALE focus on improving students' skills in reading, writing, social studies, science, and math so that students will be prepared to pass the HiSET exam (the high school equivalency test) and to enter college. Digital literacy is integrated into classes. Students receive educational and career advising services to assist them in planning for entry into postsecondary, training and/or workforce.


ELL – English Language Learning classes

ELL Classes integrate English speaking, listening, pronunciation, vocabulary, reading, and writing. Digital Literacy is integrated into all classes as well. Students receive educational and career advising services to assist them in planning for entry into postsecondary, training and/or workforce.

ADP – Adult Diploma Program & HiSET – Equivalency Diploma

An ADP is a sequence of classes and/or academic tasks, the goal of which is for students to earn an accredited, verifiable high school credential issued by the Somerville Public School district in order to successfully transition into and succeed in postsecondary education, training, and employment. SCALE runs a High School Equivalency Test Center, which offers HiSET exams (High School Equivalency Test) and ADP (Adult Diploma Program) services and testing.


SCALE Office Hours

Monday–Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

School Closure Information

If classes are canceled due to snow or other factors, staff will receive a telephone call from the school district (in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole). Snow emergency information can also be found on this website, by calling 311 (617-666-3311 from outside of Somerville), on Somerville EdTV Channel 15 (Astound & Comcast Standard Definition), and Channel 614 (Astound High Definition), or on the City of Somerville website at

Staff Directory

  • Director of Continuing Education: Joselyn Marte
  • ABE (Adult Basic Education)/ASE (Adult Secondary Education) Program Administrator: TBD
  • ELL (English Language learning) Program Administrator: Franklin Vargas
  • You can also reach us by filling out the Interest Form.

Contact Information

617-625-6600 x6900
167 Holland St.
Somerville MA 02145
Get directions to SCALE by public transportation or car.


Click for information about ADP and HiSET transcripts.  

SCALE's Mission

SCALE will empower adults, 16 and older, by providing data-informed literacy instruction, a challenging learning environment, guided supports, and high expectations for student engagement. SCALE will expand students’ skills, knowledge, and habits of mind to ensure academic and career success.

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 HiSET Exam Center. Our morning and evening classes are free. Fees are charged for the ADP (Adult Diploma Program) for individuals who reside outside of the city of Somerville.