Adult Education and Literacy

The Office of Continuing Education, St. Louis Community College-Meramec offers the Adult Education and Literacy program funded by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This program serves the school districts of Affton, Bayless, Kirkwood, Lindbergh, Mehlville-Oakville, St. Louis City, Valley Park and Webster Groves. If you do not live in one of these school districts check the Missouri Adult Education & Literacy website or the list of programs at the bottom of this page for alternative locations.

For residents living in the Mehlville attending area:
Upon successful completion of the High School Equivalency class and High School Equivalency test, residents of the community served by the Mehlville School District are eligible to receive an honorary degree and will be invited to participate in the high school commencement ceremonies at the end of the year. For more information contact John DeWalle at or call 314-467-5261.

The Adult Education and Literacy program will not be accepting new students on the second intake period in May or during the month of June. Enrollment will begin again in July according to schedule for each class.

All classes now require a two-day orientation during which class requirements will be discussed and testing assessments will be completed. Completion of the two-day orientation is a requirement for enrollment in the class. See the High School Equivalency Schedule or English as a Second Language Schedule for more information.

View more information about the High School Equivalency

Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education offers preparation to take the Missouri Test of High School Equivalence and remedial work in subjects such as mathematics, reading and writing skills.

You can find out more about Missouri's High School Equivalency program and about taking the High School Equivalency test on Missouri's High School Equivalency website.

Classes are free. Students must be 16 year of age or older. 16 and 17 year olds are required to bring a letter signed by the principal or superintendent of the school they last attended indicating they are no longer enrolled and granting permission to attend Adult Education and Literacy classes.

Effective August 28, 2009, Missouri law requires that 16 year olds seeking admission to an AEL class verify completion of 16 units of high school credit. An official transcript indicating completion of 16 units of high school credit must be furnished at enrollment.

English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language is designed to improve the English language skills of recent immigrants to the United States or other non-native speakers.

More information can be obtained by calling 314-984-7777 or 314-984-7805 or e-mail

Program Locations

Free classes are provided through the following programs. Please contact the program for specific location information about class times and locations.

City of St. Louis Public Schools – 314-367-5000
Serving the school districts of St. Louis city, Ferguson-Florissant, Hancock Place, Jennings, Normandy, Riverview Gardens, and Wellston.

Parkway School District – 314-415-4940
Serving the school districts of Brentwood, Clayton, Hazelwood, Ladue, Maplewood-Richmond Heights, Pattonville, and Parkway.

Ritenour School District – 314-493-6412
Serving the Ritenour School District.

Rockwood School District – 314-415-4940
Serving the Rockwood School District.

St. Louis Community College at Meramec – 314-984-7777
Serving the school districts of Affton, Bayless, Kirkwood, Lindbergh, Mehlville, St. Louis City, Valley Park, and Webster Groves.

University City Schools – 314-290-4052
Serving the University City School District.

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