Area Resources

We are often asked for a list of ESL or ESOL resources available in the Rochester, NY area. Here is a short list of community and area resources, including credit-granting college-type courses, free classes and tutors, religious- and nationality-based services. There are surely more, but these are the ones we hear about most often. Please feel free to contact us if you offer an educational English language resource we do not list here.

College-type courses

Monroe Community College (MCC)

NY State Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)
Focus on young folks in grades K-12, typically under age 18.

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Students: English Language Center:

University of Rochester (UR)
Teaching Degrees:

Free classes

ESOL Associates of Rochester, NY (EAR)
All levels, Maplewood Library
Students and teachers: @ESLRochester.

Literacy Volunteers of Rochester
1-to-1 tutors, sometimes long waiting list
Students and teachers:

Rochester Refugee Resettlement Services
Helps refugees, immigrants, and more. Lots of resources.

Office of Adult and Career Education Services (OACES), Rochester School District
Adult career training, General Educational Development (GED, high school equivalency)
Family Learning Center
30 Hart St #218
Rochester, NY 14605-1122
Phone: 585-262-8000

Religious or nationality-based services

Mary's Place
1-to-1 tutoring

Mercy Bridges
1-to-1 tutoring

Catholic Family Center
Refugee resettlement, language translation services, and more

Burma Refugee Mission
Based at the Lake Avenue Baptist Church