Adult Basic Education Program

Arizona Center for Youth Resources (ACYR) Adult Basic Education program is dedicated to providing young adults ages 16 and older the resources to pass the GED® and thus receive their high school equivalency or achieve English proficiency.

ACYR’s mission is to motivate, educate, and provide opportunities for youth and their families. 

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Program Overview

ACYR Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes offer a practical approach to learning and education. ACYR ABE students find success in our environment based on educational strategies that focus on practical applications of information and not simply prepping for a test. Students who attend ACYR ABE benefit from an approach that places an importance on their learning today as well as providing them with the tools to be successful in the future.

ACYR ABE graduates are prepared to be contributors to our society, community, and have acquired the skills and experience to gain employment, enter a job training program and further their education. ACYR ABE is proud to assist students as they build their pathway for success by meeting their educational goals.

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Why Choose ACYR for Your Adult Education?

In today’s economy, workers must have a high school diploma or GED in order to move beyond an entry-level position. Arizona Center for Youth Resources (ACYR) provide youth ages 16-24 and their families (16+), an opportunity to enroll in Adult Education classes. ACYR’s goal is to provide students with the opportunity for greater employment and educational options. ACYR Adult Basic Education offers face-to-face instruction and blended learning for students who require additional flexibility. ACYR ABE students are eligible for ACYR Workforce Development Programs which offer additional training and possible financial help with the cost of the GED exam.

College and career readiness skills are integrated into all levels of the ACYR Adult Basic Education program.

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Our Method for Success

  • Evaluate the students when they enroll, and assist in establishing realistic goals based on entry level assessment.
  • Monitor student progress using appropriate assessments approved by the Arizona Department of Education Adult Education Services.
  • Provide instructional strategies to enable students to meet their goals.
  • Enhance our instructional program and services by conducting a student follow-up survey.

Adult Basic Education Program

Adult Basic Education (ABE) is designed for adult learners who are seeking to strengthen their skills in reading, writing, and math. The ACYR ABE program offers instruction and encouragement for adult learners seeking to gain their High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma by passing the GED.

Incoming students take the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) to determine their reading, math, and language entry levels and educational needs. ACYR ABE students are provided with instruction in the areas of Reasoning Through Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Civics, and Mathematical Reasoning.  Individual instruction is based on the student’s entry-level and needs. After the initial TABE assessment, students will be TABE tested for every 40 hours of classroom instruction. The TABE results show students their academic progress as they progress through the ACYR ABE program.

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Blended Learning

Blended learning is an instructional delivery model that combines online instruction with traditional classroom methods. ACYR ABE students who participate in blended learning, receive instruction through online curriculum with some element of control over time, place, path, or pace. In addition to the online curriculum, ACYR ABE students receive in-person classroom instruction. ACYR Instructors monitor and support student progress online and in-person. To complete the integrated learning experience, ACYR Instructors connect the online component with in-person instruction for an integrated learning experience.

English Language Acquisition (ELAA)

Also known as ESL (English as a second language)

As a part of ACYR’s mission of building futures and strengthening communities, we offer English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA). Formerly known as ESL (English as a Second Language), ELAA classes are available to youth ages 16 to 24 and adult learners. To register for our ELAA classes students must be at least 16 years of age.

Our ELAA teachers have multiple years of experience and are dedicated to guiding young people and adults in pursuit of their English language learning goals.

We look forward to helping you reach your English language learning goals!

Como parte de nuestra misión: construir futuros y fortalecer comunidades, la organización ACYR – Arizona Center for Youth Resources, ofrece clases de inglés como segunda lengua, siglas en inglés, ESL (English as a Second Language), también conocido como Adquisición del inglés para adultos, siglas en inglés, ELAA (English Language Acquisition for Adults).

Nuestras clases están disponibles para jóvenes (desde los 16 años de edad) y adultos, clases disponibles en Phoenix y sus alrededores.

Nuestros instructores de ESL tienen una vasta experiencia enseñando inglés como segunda lengua y están dedicados a guiar a jóvenes y adultos a lograr sus metas en aprender inglés.

Esperamos poder ayudarte en alcanzar tu meta de aprender inglés.

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Pre-Registration Locations

All applicants must be 16 or older with a valid ID. Call to confirm your spot.

ACYR Main Office
649 N. 6th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Mon-Fri 8am to 4:45pm

Pendergast Family Center
10550 W. Mariposa Ave.
Phoenix, Arizona 85037
Fridays 9am to 12:30pm

North Tempe
Multi-Generational Center

715 West 5th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
Tuesdays 9am to 2pm

College Depot @ Burton Barr
Central Library 

1221 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ, 85004
Tuesdays 9am to 2pm

ACYR is not an official testing site for GED. For locations on where to take your GED® exam create and account on then enter your zip code to find the nearest testing station.

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Did you know…

  • A high school dropout will earn $200,000 less over a lifetime than someone with a high school diploma or GED. A high school dropout will earn almost $1,000,000 less over a lifetime than a college graduate.
  • In 2013, approximately 1 out of every 8 dropouts was unemployed. Only 1 out of 12 people with a high school diploma or GED was unemployed.
  • The GED diploma is accepted at more than 98% of colleges and universities.

Sources: National Center For Educational StatisticsGeorgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

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Contact Information

Arizona Center For Youth Resources – ACYR
649 N. 6th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: 602-252-6721