The Jamaica Plain Community Centers Adult Learning 

Program (JPCCALP) is the ideal way to develop your skills in English, math, reading, and writing, and make progress towards your educational goals. We offer free day, evening, and online classes convenient for busy adults. ALP is a full-service program where students can begin at any level and advance through the highest levels.

ALP currently offers Career & College Pathways and has partnered with various community organizations and institutions of higher learning. Our programs and career and college pathways are available to all ALP students that retain enrollment through any given semester.

In January 2014, the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) exam replaced the GED (General Education Development) exam in Massachusetts for obtaining a high school credential, accepted by almost all U.S. employers, colleges and universities.


You can:

  • take core classes

  • take computer classes

  • get career and college counseling

  • get tutoring

  • take citizenship classes

  • prepare for the HiSET exam


Welcome to the Adult Learning Program


The information you need to succeed

Message from the Director:


On behalf of our faculty, staff, and administration, welcome to the Adult Learning Program of the Jamaica Plain Community Centers.

Whether you are a new or returning student to the Adult Learning Program, you are well on your way to achieving your educational and career goals. Congratulations on your decision to further your education. This decision is an important one for your life and your career and one that demands dedication and time on your part. Please make the most out of our programs, and use this time to grow personally, intellectually, and professionally. Faculty, staff, and administration are here to support you throughout your education and time with us.

This website contains the information you need to be a successful member of Jamaica Plain Community Centers Adult Learning Program community. On this website you will find information about our programs and policies, as well as helpful community resources for extending your learning. Please take the time to review this website carefully. If you have any questions, please contact us and we will be able to assist you.

Please be active in every aspect of your education. We stand ready to help you realize your goals.


Joyce E. Henderson, M.Ed.

Adult Learning Program Director

Our Mission

The Jamaica Plain Community Centers Adult Learning Program (ALP), part of the Jamaica Plain community since 1982, was established in response to the demand for basic education, employment-related skill building and ESOL services among local adults. In that time, ALP has provided free education, pre-vocational, and other support services to low and moderate income adults to over 5400 adult learners. Each year, we serve over 400 adults, from 18 years of age and up.

The mission of ALP is to provide an innovative learner-centered, participatory educational program to educationally disadvantaged and Limited English Proficient adults. Our goal is to help students attain the education, skills, and self-reliance that will enable them to more fully participate in their communities and in the education of their children, and that will further enhance opportunities for personal development, life-long learning, and economic self-sufficiency. Towards that end, we provide the tools to enable historically disenfranchised individuals and groups to more fully access, utilize, participate in, and impact the resources and development of their communities.


What is The Student Council?

The ALP student council represents potential leaders who act as intermediaries between students and staff.

Purpose and Mission

ALP student council allows students to voice their opinions, organize student activities, utilize our community resources and provide leadership opportunities beyond the classroom.

Why Join?

By meeting once a month with other students and your student mentor you will have an opportunity to:

  • Develop your leadership, communication, networking and public speaking skills

  • Be part of the guest speakers selection process

  • Acquire Professional Development

  • Advance your career and educational goals

How To join?

If interested, please contact our Instructional Assistant/Student Mentor William Washington. ​

Email: Phone: (617) 682-0729 or (617) 978-254-7098

The ALP Student Council wants to hear from you



144 McBride Street or 20 South Street

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130

Office: 617-446-3722


MBTA Directions


Take the Orange Line to Green Street Station. Exit

station, turn right onto Amory Street. Keep the

Orange line on your right. Walk one block to English

High School. Entrance on Williams Street.


Driving Directions


Take either Jamaica Way (Route 203 West) (from the

South) or take Columbus Avenue to Washington

Street (from downtown Boston), then take right onto

Williams Street (Doyle’s Restaurant on right), then left

into English High School parking lot.

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