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Adult ESL and Literacy

Jeffco provides both Jeffco parents and adults in the community with high-quality literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to:

  • Improve English language skills.
  • Connect with educational, career and essential life resources. 
  • Give them skills to be comfortable in the U.S. and improve their lives.

Jeffco creates a community of students and staff where everyone is culturally sensitive and treated with respect. Our program values include:

  • Accessibility
  • Respect, equity, and cultural awareness & sensitivity
  • High-quality education
  • Continuous improvement of all members of our program
  • Collaboration (internally and externally)
  • Community empowerment/belonging/connectedness

Two Types of Free ESL Programs are Available for Adults

Adult ESL Literacy for Refugees
  • Pre-literacy, Basic literacy, Basic ESL, and Beginning ESL classes for new refugees.
  • Students learn English literacy skills and participate in community activities.
  • This program is funded by the Colorado Refugee Services Program (CRSP).
Adult ESL and Workforce Development
  • Beginning through Advanced ESL and Adult Basic Education classes for all non-native English speakers.
  • Students improve their English.
  • Students work towards getting a career or improving their career opportunities by next taking a GED, attending a Community or Technical College, or collaborating with a Workforce Development Center in Jefferson/Clear Creek/Gilpin Counties or Broomfield County.
  • This program is funded by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA).


Adult ESL Literacy for Refugees Enrollment

Jeffco offers free morning, afternoon and evening ESL classes to students with a valid refugee, asylee or special immigrant visa holder status. We enroll students each month. 

People can call (303) 982-5221 or email [email protected] for dates of enrollment and information. They can also contact their refugee resettlement agency.

Adult ESL and Workforce Development Enrollment

Free, morning and evening ESL classes are available for adults ages 18 and over.

Students in Adult ESL classes can meet with a career navigator to identify their career or educational goals before they enroll. Setting and mapping goals supports their success.

Interest Form

Complete the interest form above to receive an email at the time that the next enrollment begins.

See Jeffco’s annual calendar for all terms and vacation schedules. For questions, email [email protected].


For all general inquiries, please email us: [email protected]



Adult ESL is part of the department of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) which provides support for multilingual learners and their families. CLDE includes programs in ESL, Dual Language and Adult ESL and Literacy.


Family Literacy Building
5280 W. Ohio Ave.
Lakewood, CO  80226
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Mandalay Middle School 
9651 Pierce St.
Westminster, CO 80021  
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Adams 12 Administrative Building
1500 E 128th Ave.
Thornton, CO 80241  
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Online and hybrid classes will meet on Google Meet.

Jeffco Schools does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or age in its programs or activities.

For questions regarding instruction of adults with disabilities, please contact the Accessible Design Coordinator, Keenan Sweigart, at 303-982-5221 or email [email protected]

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