Adult Education & Literacy

SLATE can prepare job seekers for High School Equivalency testing and help obtain diplomas required for most job opportunities.

The program can help adults and out-of-school youth to prepare for High School Equivalency (HSE) testing. To offer HSE classes, SLATE partners with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the St. Louis Public Schools, and other community-based organizations. 

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SLPS schools, in partnership with charter schools and St. Louis County schools, will remain closed through this school year. Learning and support services will continue through each district's last day of school. This decision was extremely difficult, but it is imperative that we take bold measures to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and help save lives in our community. We ask families to monitor our website for updates.

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AEL Program

How does AEL benefit individuals?

High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma is the most common prerequisite for most of the jobs, even for entry-level positions. Most organization wouldn't consider a candidate without a HSE diploma. 

How to apply?

To get started, you need to register for and attend all three (3) Orientation sessions. Participation is required all three days. 


  • Participants must be registered with SLATE prior to attending Orientations
  • Students must arrive no later than 8:30 am on the day of the Orientation
  • Students are enrolled in a program after attending Orientations and completing 20 hours of class

Related Resources

For a list of HSE/AEL classes closer to your home, call SLPS Adult Education & Literacy, at (314) 367-5000

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