Literacy Services of Wisconsin

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Every four seconds of an American school day, another student drops out. That's 7,000 students a day—or nearly 1.3 million a year.


These alarming figures from the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington, D.C. based policy institution, illustrate the problem of adult illiteracy across our country.

An under-educated adult population, combined with discouraging rates of poverty and unemployment, have generated significant social and economic challenges in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is why Literacy Services of Wisconsin (LSW) is increasingly important to the community where we live and work.

For more than four decades, LSW has been here when motivated adult learners want to improve their education, particularly those who dropped out of school years ago. We're also here for people who come to our country and want to learn our language, or for those who want to attain a high school equivalency degree.

Our core programs—basic reading and spelling, English as a Second Language (ESL), and General Educational Development (GED) Preparation—exemplify our belief that every person has a right to an excellent education. Our unique service delivery model of one-on-one tutoring offers students individualized assistance and produces decisively positive outcomes.