Aspire - High School Equivalency - ESL

  • The Aspire program offers free ESL, High School Equivalency (GED, HiSET), postsecondary preparation and career training for adult learners at different locations throughout Columbus. Day, evening and weekend, virtual and in-person class options are available. Next term begins January 23, 2023.

    High School Certificate

    High School Equivalency (HSE) classes prepare the student to pass HSE tests. Click here to learn more about HSE tests and vouchers.

    The Adult Diploma Program allows those who are 20 years or older to earn their diploma along with an industry credential at no cost. Click here to learn more.

    English as a Second Language

    ESL classes improve English language skills in the areas of Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing and Basic Citizenship. All adults are welcome, although F-1 visa holders may not attend classes.


    How do I enroll in classes?

    There are 3 steps to enroll in ASPIRE classes: 1) Apply on the Student Registration Portal below, 2) Attend an information session (dates listed below), 3) Take a TABE test to know your class level


             Step 1: After you click on the portal below, click on APPLY NOW, choose High School Certificate or English As A Second Language. Then click on Search for Providers and SELECT COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOLS. Then, scroll up and click on START APPLICATION.



    Student Registration Portal

    Step 2:  

    All students are required to attend one information session before starting classes. Each will last one half hour. 

    In-person information sessions at 1:00 pm on the following dates (no appointment necessary) will take place at 2323 Lexington Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211:

             Thursday, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15

             Friday, 12/2, 12/9


    In-person information sessions at 6pm on the following dates (no appointment necessary) will take place at 330 East Dominion Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43214 (World Language Middle School):

             Thursday, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15


    *Please do not bring children with you to the in-person information sessions, as we do not provide childcare and space may be an issue.

    Step 3: After you have done the first 2 steps, you will be given an appointment time to come to the school to take the TABE entrance test to know your class placement level.