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Center for Adult Learning

The Center for Adult Learning (CAL) provides a community learning environment for adults who are no longer part of the K-12 educational system as well as for adults who meet criteria for the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.

GED®classes offered by CAL:

GED® Math – Receive instruction or just brush upon adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing whole numbers and fractions, solving word problems, and understanding decimals and percentages.

GED® Algebra/Geometry– Receive instruction or just brush upon algebraic concepts that include signed numbers, solving equations, word problems, exponents, roots, and graphs. Geometric concepts covered in the class include lines and angles, triangles and quadrangles, and circles and volume.

GED® Language Arts – Receive instruction or just brush upon basic grammar, build vocabulary, improve spelling, and increase reading comprehension.

GED® Essay Writing - Learn how to write an essay with a review of grammar, mechanics, and punctuation. The topics covered include sentences, paragraphs, subject-verb agreement and verb tenses.

Classes are offered at:

  • Center for Adult Learning - Main Library
  • Adult Learning Center - Bradham and Brooks Library

Registration is required; please call 630-2426 to register.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Free English classes for non-native speakers. Four levels of conversation classes are offered as well as drop-in conversation groups.

Traditional classes are offered at:

  • Main Library
  • Pablo Creek Regional Library
  • Southeast Regional Library
  • University Park Branch Library

An evaluation is needed to begin class. Call (904)630-2426 to schedule an appointment.

Conversation Essentials

are informal, drop-in sessions facilitated by a native speaker. Each session has a particular topic that incorporates vocabulary and key grammar points.

Conversation Essentials sessions are offered at:

  • Main Library
  • Pablo Creek Regional Library
  • Southeast Regional Library
  • Webb Wesconnett Regional Library

Call (904) 630-2426 for days and times.

Career Online High School

Career Online High School (COHS) is an online high school diploma and career certification program funded by the Jacksonville Public Library. This program offers a limited number of scholarships to qualified adult students.

Residents of Duval County who have completed eighth grade and are 19-years-old or older are eligible to apply. Program applicants must have a Jacksonville Public Library card in good standing or be willing to apply for a library card.

The FY17-18 State Budget does not include funding for the Career Online High School Program that Jacksonville Public Library has been offering since December 2015.  The State Library is investigating options to continue funding for this impactful program.  To date, 114 people are enrolled in the program and 23 people have graduated with their Career Online High School Diploma with 82% of those enrolled in a higher education program. 

Adult Literacy Services

Learn to Read (LTR) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides adults 18 years of age and older with instruction in adult literacy and adult basic education. Its mission is to increase literacy awareness and improve adult literacy in Duval County through a volunteer-based reading program. In 2010, LTR moved their offices to CAL and partnered with CAL to provide literacy services to Duval County residents.

LTR offers small group, computer lab and one-to-one basic literacy instruction for adults reading below the sixth grade level.

Call (904) 238-9000 for more information or to sign up.

Center for Adult Learning

303 Laura St. N.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 630-2426


Monday & Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Tuesday & Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Interested in volunteering? 
Please join us.
Call (904) 630-2426
or email to join.

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