English as a Second Language Center

Don Bosco provides free English to adults over the age of 17.  Over 75 different languages are represented in our student population.  We offer seven different levels of English classes to our students, many who have come to the United States as immigrants and refugees.

For those who need it, we offer ESL instruction in combination with Citizenship/Civics training and High School Equivalency (GED) preparation. Additionally, we offer morning, afternoon, and evening classes for every level of English. 

Reasons To Enroll Today!

Learning English is a considerable challenge for many new Americans and for some it can seem almost impossible; however, by learning English, adult students can:

  • Increase job opportunities and advancement
  • Obtain High School Equivalency  credentials and/or prepare for college
  • Become a United States citizen
  • Improve communication with your children, neighbors, friends, and the community.

Center Information


Our program and staff are credentialed through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and hold certification in Adult Education.  All staff and volunteers must pass a rigorous background check and must participate in ongoing professional development. 


ESL instruction focuses on improving students reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.  The curriculum is designed to teach not only the language, but also aspects of American daily life, culture, and traditions.


Enrollment sessions are held on a regular basis throughout the year.  All students are required to attend a two day orientation and assessment session before they may start attending class.  Please check the enrollment section of this website or call (816) 231-2700 for more information. 


Our High School Equivalency (HSE) classes aim to helps prepare students to take the HiSET (formerly GED) exam.  Our certified teachers and staff work tirelessly to create classes and assessments that will help students prepare for the HiSet test.  Students are able to work at their own pace and receive individualized instruction and support from their teachers.  All of our High School Equivalency classes are free.

To read more about the HiSet exam, please visit the test site by clicking here: http://hiset.ets.org/


Our Partners

The Don Bosco program is offered in partnership with Independence School District.  Students are tested at registration to determine their English skill level, and then enrolled into the appropriate class. The curriculum is designed to teach not only the language, but also aspects of American daily life, culture, and traditions.

Contact the ESL Center to enroll!

Enrollment sessions are offered on a monthly basis.  For more information about enrollment, call (816) 231-2700 for the next enrollment date and time.