ALC Information

Currently (Monday, October 19, 2020 to Friday, November 6, 2020) we are abiding by LPS "quasi-quarrantine" due to the City's high COVID-19 infection rate. Office Hours are reduced, please call and leave a message. Office hours normally are:

Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 5:30pm - 8:45pm

Phone Number

(978) 722-8110


(978) 682-1262


147 Haverhill Street (Side Entrance)

Lawrence, MA 01840

Facebook Page: @LawrenceALC

Class Schedules:


Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (ESOL & English HSE)

Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Spanish HSE) 

Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Para-educator class under LWFI partnership)

Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Citizenship Prep @ Lawrence Public Library)



Tuesday - Thursday  12:15 - 2:30 PM (ESOL & English HSE)

Tuesday - Thursday  1:15 - 2:30 PM (Spanish HSE)



Tuesday - Thursday   5:45 - 8:45 PM

(All Classes: ESOL, ESOL/Citizenship Prep, English HSE, and Spanish HSE)

Lawrence Test Center on the 3rd floor of the Lawrence Public Library = CURRENTLY CLOSED!

Check back with us or call below to find out about On-line Proctored Options, and or when we will reopen.


Tests Offered: GED, HiSET, ParaPro Assessment

51 Lawrence Street, 3rd floor of Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence, MA 01840

(978) 722-8114

Hours: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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James J. White, Principal

James White is a first generation college graduate, and a veteran of the Lawrence Public Schools. He started his career at Lawrence High School in January of 1994, as a student teacher while completing his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Mr. White is a proud graduate of Northern Essex Community College, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston. In 2011, he received his C.A.G.S. in Educational Administration from American International College, and completed the N.I.S.L. Executive Development Program for Instructional Leaders., and in June of (2018), he completed the: Art of Leadership, and intensive Seven-day Program at the Principals' Center, a unit of Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.

Mr. White looks forward to his work at the Lawrence Public Schools' - Adult Learning Center (ALC), as he brings a collaborative leadership style that is focused on improving the quality of educational and support services to ALC students. He is also eager to working closely with adult learners in their pursuit of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes, as well as in preparation for the GED and HiSET exams, and those who seek to pass the US Citizenship Test.

Mr. White is continuously impressed with the resiliency of adult learners as they balance the demands of work, family, school, and navigating the complexities of the world around us.

Message from the Principal:

    On behalf of the Lawrence Public Schools – Adult Learning Center, I welcome all of our adult learners back to the 2021-22 school year. To say that the last two years have been difficult times for all of us, as COVID-19 has impacted many in our community in so many ways, is an understatement. We all have had to exercise patience, empathy, flexibility, and a focused commitment to what is most important – everyone’s health.

    Despite the many challenges we faced last year, we are extremely proud that our school was one (1) out of twelve (12) adult learning centers out of eighty (80) in Massachusetts that exceeded enrollment targets set by the Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS), a unit of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. In addition, with support from LPS, were able to loan out approximately 300 Chromebooks to our adult learners, while providing guidance and support to many who had never used them before. Moreover, our school had a team from ACLS visit our program (remotely) to provide our center with feedback relative to how well we are educating adult learners. We are committed to using the feedback to improve our advisory, enrollment, assessment, orientation, and instructional programs. Furthermore, we opened up three (3) new classes: two (2) ESOL for adult learners interested in careers in early childhood education, and one (1) ESOL class for displaced workers. We had many other successes, including training twelve (12) para educators in our partnership with the Lawrence Working Families Initiative (LWFI) directly the result of the efforts and dedication of all of you - our adult learners.

    Consistent with the guidance and direction of the City of Lawrence, the Lawrence Public Schools, and the Adult and Community Learning Services of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, we will be returning to in-person instruction. I can assure everyone that we will be taking necessary PPE precautions, and we will monitor this very fluid situation as the year goes on. We remain committed to the health, wellbeing and success of all our stakeholders. In addition, we pledge our support to you in making this year as smooth as possible, as you continue your journey towards achieving your academic, and career goals.

    Our interest in your health and safety is our first concern.  The global pandemic has redefined how we interact with one another, how we deliver instruction to students of all ages and groups, and how we maintain everyone’s health and safety. We remain committed to providing on-line learning opportunities to those who are unable to attend classes in-person, and who have the necessary technology skills to navigate remote learning. I assure you that we will continue to monitor the situation, and will communicate important information with you.



 Lawrence Public Schools - Adult Learning Center



We welcome our adult learners to an exciting 2021/22 school year. As of today (8/20/21) we will begin our school year with in-person instruction. All staff, students, and guests will be required to wear masks, as mandated by the Lawrence Board of Health. 



Program Schedule 


ESOL Classes (Levels I-V)

Monday - Friday 8:30 - 11:30 AM

Tues/Wed/Thurs 12:15 - 2:30 PM

Tues/Wed/Thurs. 5:45 -  8:45 PM 


Tues/Wed/Thurs. 5:45 -  8:45 PM 

Citizenship Classes 

Monday - Friday 9:00 - 12:00 PM

Tues/Wed/Thurs. 5:45 -  8:45 PM

Para Educator Class

Monday - Friday 9:00 - 1:30pm 

SPANISH ABE/High School Equivalency Test Prep

Monday - Friday 8:30 - 12:30 PM

Tues/Wed/Thurs 1:15 - 2:30 PM

Tues/Wed/Thurs  5:45 - 8:45 PM

ENGLISH ABE/High School Equivalency Test Prep

Monday - Friday 8:30 - 11:30 AM

Tues/Wed/Thurs 12:15 - 2:30 PM

Tues/Wed/Thurs. 5:45 - 8:45 PM

MCAS Prep (Planning for 2021-2022)

            Schedule TBD

Family Literacy Programs - Leahy School, Arlington, and Oliver Partnership School

            Tuesday/Wednesday 5:30 - 8:30 PM



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Evaluation Assessments are held at the LPS - ALC at 147 Haverhill Street, Lawrence, MA.  

See the main ALC webpage for an updated placement test schedule.


Students are placed in classes as space permits.  Students not enrolled immediately will be placed on our wait list and placed as soon as space is available.


Vision Statement:

The vision of the Lawrence Public Schools’ Adult Learning Center is to ensure that all English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) students achieve the learning goals they have set upon entry into our program. By improving students’ skills in the areas of academics, language, technology, and workforce development, we will increase their opportunities to enter college, to obtain an industry-recognized credential, to expand their career choices, to enjoy a family-sustaining wage, and to become effective citizens of their community.