Basic Skills – Adult Education

The Basic Skills department consists of four program areas including Adult Basic Education (ABE), Adult High School (AHS), English as a Second Language (ESL), and High School Equivalency (HSE). There are unique requirements for minor students (16 or 17 years old) and an orientation is required prior to enrollment in any of the Basic Skills programs. Please call the Basic Skills office at (252) 222-6195 for additional information.

Available Programs

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

The Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a program of instruction designed for adults who need to improve their reading, writing, speaking, problem-solving, or computation skills necessary to function effectively in society, on a job, or in the family.

Adult High School (AHS)

The Adult High School (AHS) program is a credit-based program designed for students who have not yet completed high school and wish to earn their diploma.

Graduates receive an Adult High School Diploma issued by Carteret Community College and the Carteret County Board of Education.  The AHS diploma is the equivalent of any public or private high school diploma.



English as a Second Language (ESL)

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program is designed for adults whose native language is not English. Classes focus on English, reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, and are designed for students at all levels. Beginning learners to advanced English speakers are welcome!

High School Equivalency (HSE)

The High School Equivalency (HSE) program is designed for adults who have not completed high school. This program is designed to assist students in passing the four parts of the Official High School Equivalency exams.

These exams consist of:

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Mathematics

Students who pass the requirements for a High School Equivalency diploma are issued a diploma from the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. This diploma can be substituted in most places where a high school diploma is required.

Persons 16 and 17 years of age can be enrolled with the permission of the superintendent of schools. In order to become enrolled in the High School Equivalency program, students must attend an orientation prior to attending class(es). There is no cost for attending the orientation or HSE classes.



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