To provide adults opportunities to achieve their goals in a supportive, diverse, welcoming learning community
academic programming and guidance.
Since 1974, SCALE has provided classes
and supportservices to more than 1,200 adult learners annually who need basic reading, writing and math skills, English instruction for non-native speakers, or a high-school credential. SCALE's fully accessible facilities have a computer lab and an on-site Test Center. Classes are free. Fees are charged for orientations, adult evening school, testing, and for the ADP (Adult Diploma Program).
SCALE Office Hours:
ABE - Adult Basic Education classes
ELL -- English Language Learning classes
ADP -- Adult Diploma Program
HiSET -- Equivalency Diploma
Click for information about ADP and HiSET transcripts.
Contact SCALE: Director Janice Philpot invites you to contact us with questions, comments, or praise. Access a complete SCALE Staff Directory here.
All members of the team at SCALE can be reached by phone at 617-625-6600 x6900. SCALE directors and program administrators are:
Supervisor of Adult and Continuing Education, Janice Philpot
Evening High School, Sofia Carafotes
ABE (Adult Basic Education)/ASE (Adult Secondary Education) Program Administrator, Melissa Viscovich
ELL Program Administrator and Technology Coordinator, Ngaio Schiff
Directions to SCALE: Get directions to SCALE by public transportation or car.
More About SCALE: The staff at SCALE has a strong commitment to the individual student's continuous growth and personal fulfillment as well as to her/his concrete academic skills improvement. SCALE provides a mature and supportive climate in which students feel accepted and respected. Within this environment, students can experience success because they actively participate in the learning process.
Both the wealth of experience adult learners bring to the learning situation and the emphasis on direct involvement of students in the formulation of their own goals makes the SCALE learning situation unique. Working with our students, SCALE contributes to the betterment of our students, their families, and the community. SCALE fosters an environment that supports the cultural diversity that is a cornerstone of American life. We do not tolerate intimidation of or discrimination against any group.
SCALE is funded in part by the Massachusetts Department of Education, the Somerville Public Schools, the City of Somerville, various other grants, and private donations.
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SCALE Audio Stories:
Learn about SCALE through audio stories recorded through our
Connect 2 Project .
School Closure Information:
If there is a school closure because of snow, staff will receive a Connect-Ed telephone call from the District (in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole). Snow emergency information can also be found on this website, by calling 311, on local cable channels 15 and/or 16 and on television channels 4, 5, 7, 13, 25, and 56. Snow emergency information is also broadcast on the radio (WBZ 1030 AM and WBUR 90.9 FM). REMEMBER! There is no parking on the even sides of the streets during snow emergencies.