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ESL - English as a Second Language

Non-credit ESL classes

  • Classes are for immigrants, refugees, permanent residents, and U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years old.
  • All new students must attend an orientation.
  • Classes are held at Highline Community College and various off-campus sites.
  • There is a $25 tuition fee for the quarter. Tuition waivers are available.


  • Individuals holding temporary visas such as International students, business travelers, or tourists cannot attend these classes.
  • See the International Programs website for English language training options.

ESL Orientation

New students must attend an orientation where they will complete a Highline application and an English skills examination, and then register for class. Students who have been out of basic ESL for more than 6 months, or students new to Washington state, are also considered new students.

Orientation schedule  (campus map & directions)

  • Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. ~ Highline campus - building 19, Room 102
  • Thursdays (except holidays) 2:00 p.m. ~ Highline campus - building 19, Room 102
  • Fridays (except holidays) 9:00 a.m. ~ Highline campus - building 19, Room 102

About the ESL Orientation Session

  • The orientation takes about 2 and 1/2 hours.
  • Please arrive on time.
  • Bring picture ID.
  • If you are under the age of 18, you will also need to bring a release form signed by your school district administration.
  • During the orientation you will take the CASAS test to assess your reading, listening and writing skills.
  • During the orientation you will register for classes.
  • Children are not allowed at the orientation – please make other childcare arrangements.
  • Friends or family cannot stay with you once the testing begins.


  • For information on ESL, call  206-592-3297 or email us.
  • Para las clases de inglés como segundo idioma o información sobre Highline Community College marque 206-592-3750.
  • If you have a disability that requires special accommodations, contact Access Services after your assessment appointment either in person at building 99 or by phone at 206-592-3857.