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Friendly House Adult Education Program

Listing Last Update: January 23, 2019


113 W. Sherman Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Primary Contact

Maricela Reed

(602) 416-7226 Ext:(602) 416-7226

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills
  • To become a U.S. citizen

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer

Program Overview

The Adult Education program gives access to quality educational opportunities to support employment, job training and higher education aspirations. By assisting adult learners to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for effective participation in society, Friendly House creates an exceptional future for Arizona, where citizens transform their lives and realize their full potential.

We offer students the opportunity to enroll in English Language Learning, High School Equivalency, and Citizenship classes. Our aim is for students to be career and/or college ready when they complete their program of study.

We also offer an I-BEST program (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) and IET programs (Integrated Education and Training) so that students leave our program with an industry recognized credential and are ready to enter the workforce and earn a family sustaining wage.

We primarily focus on face-to-face instruction, but we also offer hybrid learning (teacher/computer based instruction), enriched virtual learning (mostly computer-based instruction), and hands-on learning through community engagement.

As an agency we have long provided education in conjunction with human services and our students benefit from integrated support services, financial literacy, access to community resources and other safety-net supports provided by Friendly House or one of our collaborative partnership organizations.

To register you must: be 16 years old; bring an AZ State
ID or DL; complete the three consecutive registration days; be prepared to be here a maximum of three hours each day. Please note that no children are allowed at registration.

For GED, Citizenship, or English as a second language registrations, please call 602-416-7219.

Mission Statement

"To empower Arizona communities through education and human services."

Hours of operation: Office hours 8-5

Cost info: Our classes are free for those who can show a state issued ID, in compliance with state law. There many be a nominal fee for books and external testing fees apply (such as for the GED test).

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

Veronica was excited to enroll in the Friendly House I-BEST program. She recently completed her GED, and she's now a qualified medical assistant!

Veronica was very determined when she set her goal of going back to school but after failing her math test (by one point!) she was in despair. She says it felt physically painful and she was mentally and emotionally drained. But she made an appointment to take the test again - and on the day she got there, she sat in her car crying. She put the key into the ignition to just leave and go home, disappointed in herself for giving up. And then her phone beeped, and when she looked it was a text from her instructor telling her she could do it. And she did! She got out of the car, walked into the testing center, and received her highest score among the 4 GED subjects.

Of going back to school, Veronica says "it's hard, it's difficult; but it's not impossible". We are excited for the change this has made to her family (who are so proud of their mom as she prepares to enter the workforce in a career) and wish Veronica every success in the future. What a wonderful example of what determination and hard work can do!

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

We foster a climate of purposeful inclusion, an environment where all can feel safe, valued, cared for, and given an opportunity to form meaningful connections with each other. We cherish the diversity of humanity, a diversity which includes differences in sex, age, race, ethnicity, and national origin, range of abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, financial means, education, and political perspective.

Our Adult Education program serves those 16 years of age and older who are seeking to obtain a GED, learn English, or pass the US citizenship test.

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