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Brooklyn & Staten Island



Program Name Address/directions Telephone About classes
Good programs:
CUNY: Bronx Community College Adult Basic Education University HeightsGould Residence Hall, Rm. 410 (intake office in Rm. 212) 181st St. and University Ave. Bronx, NY 10453Subway 4 to Burnside Ave Bus BX 3, 40, 42 (718) 289-5834 Cost: FreeBeginning, Intermediate, and Advancedclasses (through Level 5). Adults 19+. Morning and evening classes meet 2- 3X/week. Classes begin in September, January, April and June.
CUNY: Lehman College Adult Learning Center Kingsbridge250 Bedford Park Blvd. West Old Gym Rm 019Bronx, NY 10648-1589Subway 4, B, D to Bedford Park, Bus BX 22, 9, 10 to Lehman College (718) 960-8807 Cost: FreeBeginning, Intermediate, Advanced (through level 5). Adults/youth 17+. Documentation not required for admission. Waiting list closed.
Other programs:
CUNY: Hostos Community College Adult Basic Education South Bronx500 Grand Concourse 208-ABronx, NY 10451Subway 4, 5, 6, 2 to Grand Concourse (718) 518-6723 Cost: FreeBeginning, Intermediate, Advanced classes (levels 1-4) for adults 19+. Mornings and evenings 2X/week..
South Bronx Overall Economic Morrisania555 Bergen AvenueBronx, NY 10455Subway 2/5 to 149th and 3rd. Bus 4, 19, 2, 15, 55 to 149thand 3rd. (718) 585-2600 Cost: FreeLevels 1-4 and GEDClasses begin in September, January and March. Morning, afternoon and evening classes. Ongoing registration, but you must attend orientation first. Orientations Monday-Thursday at 8 AM. Need ID, proof of address, social security number and birth certificate. See website
Program Name Address/Directions Telephone # Class Information
Good Programs:
Adult Literacy Program at Brooklyn College Midwood2900 Bedford Avenue0118 Ingersoll Hall (718) 951-4116 Website www.bcalp.orgNot accepting students at this time.
Fifth Avenue Committee Carroll Gardens/Red Hook294 Smith Street 11231Subways F/G to Carroll St., Buses 75 or 71 Union St. (718) 624-3475 Adults 19+. Day classes: women only. Evening: men and women. Levels1-4. Waiting list. Ongoing enrollment. Call for more information.
Turning Point Sunset Park5013 7th Ave.11220Subway R to 53rd St. Classes begin in January, April and September. Levels 1-3 in the morning. Call for more information and to be placed on the waiting list.
Educational Opportunity Center, BK (SUNY) Cobble Hill111 Livingston St.11201Subways M/R2/3/4/5/A/C/F to Borough Hall (718) 802-3330 Adults 18+, NY State Resident (must have lived in NY for 1 year+) and income documentation. Call for information.
Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst Bensonhurst7802 Bay Parkway (between 78th and 79th Street)11214Subways D to Bay Pkwy Buses: B6, B82 to Bay Pkwy. (718) 331-6800 x120Natasha Khomchenko x 121 Daytime free. Evening classes level 1 free, level 2 + $35. Courses are 3 months long. (Many Russian speakers)
CUNY: NYC Technical College-Adult Learning Center Downtown Brooklyn25 Chapel Street 4th floor 11201Subways A/F to Jay Sreet (718) 552-1140 Beginning, intermediate and advanced classes for people 17+. Office open 9-5 M-F.
CUNY: College of Staten Island Adult Learning Center 2800 Victory Boulevard Building 2ARoom 201Staten Island 10314S62 Bus to front of college and then take the Loop Bus to Building 2A (718) 982-2174
CUNY: Kingsborough Community College Manhattan Beach 2001 Oriental Blvd. Room T23111235 (718) 368-5184 Cost: $120/10 weeks. M/W or Tue/Thur. Classes 6:45-9:45 PM. Saturday classes.
Other programs:
Maura Clarke-Ita Ford Center Bushwick138 Bleecker Street11221 Website(718) 452-0167www.mauraclarke- Levels 1-5. Mornings. Courses run from Sept. to June. Register in person anytime M-Thur. (Spanish GED and computer classes, too.)
New Horizons Adult Education Bedford-Stuyvesant/Bushwick75 Lewis Ave. 11206Subways J/M to Myrtle Avenue. Buses: B 15, (718) 455-1166 Beginning levels only. Morning and evening classes Need photo ID, proof of address and be 18 years old +. Ongoing registration M-TH 9-6 PM and Fri. 9 AM-1 PM.
Haitian-Americans United for Progress 221-05 Linden Blvd.Cambria Heights 11411E train to Jamaica Center and Q4 bus (718) 527-3776 Different levels available at the various sites. Must register in person.
Polish and Slavic Center Greenpoint 347-326-3907 Beginner level only. Morning
(2 locations) classes meet 2X/week. Intake in January and September.
Project Reach Youth/Project Crossover (classes held at Lutheran Family Health Center) Park Slope6025 6th Avenue. (718) 768-0778 Levels 1-3. Meet mornings, afternoons or evenings 2/week. No documents required. Counseling, parenting classes, citizenship and Family Literacy also available.Call to place name on waiting list.
Ridgewood-Bushwick Senior citizens Council Bushwick217 Wyckoff Ave.,1st fl 11237 Subway L to Dekalb Ave. M train to Knikerbocker.Buses: B38, B52, Q55 and B18 (718) 381-9653 Beginning classes for adults 18+.
Shorefront YM-YWHA Brighton Beach3300 Coney Island Ave. 11235Subways B/Q to Brighton Beach. Buses 68 and B1. (718) 646-1444ext. 363 Immigrants and refugees ages 19+. Many classes available in the mornings and evenings. Courses last 2-3 months. See website for more information Russian speakers)
Brooklyn Chinese-American Association Sunset Park5002 8th Ave. 11220No subway nearby. Buses B11, B70 (718) 438-0008 Beginning-level classes for adults18+ and seniors. Day and Saturday classes.
CAMBA Adult Education Program East Flatbush885 Flatbush Avenue (and Church Ave.) 4th floorSubway B or Q to Church Ave., Bus 35 (718) 282-5575 Levels 1-4. Adults 18+. Classes 4 days/week, 3.5 hours/day. Classes begin every 3 months. Call for more information about registration.
Astoria-Catholic Migration Services Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens 1258 65th Street 2nd floor Brooklyn 11219 Sister Kathleen (718) 236-3000Ext. 106 Cost: $65. Beginning and intermediate classes in Bensonhurst, Greenpoint and different parts of Queens. Courses are 8 weeks long. Meet 2/week from 7-9:30 PM.
Imani House 76A Fifth Avenue Brooklyn 11217 (718) 638-2059Call Terri between 11 AM and 2 PM Classes Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 6-8 PM. Free classes but $20 registration fee. Ongoing enrollment.
Medgar Evers College Adult Continuing Education Crown Heights1150 Carroll StreetRoom 21811225Subways 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Ave. (718) 270-6400 Beginning, intermediate and advanced classes
Jewish Community Center of Staten Island (718) 981-1500Evenings (718)356-8113 ext. 250
Program Name/ website Address/Directions Telephone Number About classes
Good Programs:
CUNY: City College Community Education Center Upper West SideConvent Ave. and 138th Street 10031Subway 1, to 137th St.-City College (212) 650-7312 Beginning, intermediate and advanced levels (up to level 6). Classes are in 2 cycles: Sept-Dec. and Feb.-June.Enrollment, registration, assessment and placement take place one month before the beginning of each cycle. Classes are 3- 4X/wk. Call in August to register for Cycle 1 and in January for Cycle 2.
CUNY: Hunter College Spell & COPE Programs Upper East SideWest Building (68th and Lexington)Room 103110021Subway 6 to 68th St.-Hunter College (212) 772-4620 Cost: SPELL program is free. COPE program is $60. Parents of pre- school/school-age children only (only parents of school-aged children) (documentation required: school records and birth certificate). Saturday classes only.
CUNY: Borough of Manhattan Community College Lower Manhattan199 Chambers St. Room s-763 10007Subways 1,2,3,A,C to Chambers St. (212) 346-8890 Cost: Free program and tuition based program ($165-170/10 weeks)
Agudath Israel of America-Adult Education (COPE Institute) Lower Manhattan225 Broadway 2nd floor 10007 Subways 2,3,4,5,A,C to Fulton St./ Broadway/Nassau (212) 809-5935Ext. 101, 104 or 110 Beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Many Russian speakers.
The International Center of Catholic Charitiess Community Services 80 Maiden Lane 14th floorNew York, NY 10038Subways 2/3 to Wall Street or 4/5, J/Z, A/C to Fulton Street Elaine Roberts (646) 794-3750Elaine.roberts@ Scholarship and paid programs. Open classes, conversation partners, structured evening classes. Day and evening (limited) classes.
Other programs:
Catholic Charities Community Services- Refugee Resetlement Department 1011 First Avenue 12th floor10022 Hannah Nugent 212-419-3720
Alianza Dominicana at IS 143 Washington Heights515 W. 182nd St.10033Subway 1 to 181st (212) 928-4992 Beginning levels. Cycles are Sept.-Dec. and Jan.-June. Childcare available.Waiting list. No summer classes.
Children’s Aid Society at IS 218 Washington Heights4600 Broadway (at 196th St.) 10040Subway A to Dyckman (212) 569-2880Call after 3PM Beginning and intermediate levels.
Children’s Aid Society at IS 90 Washington Heights21 Jumel Place10032Subway A,C, 1 to 168th Street (212) 923-1563Call after 6 PM Beginning and intermediate levels. Classes begin in early October. Evening and Saturday courses.
Chinese American Planning Council 220 Church StreetSuite 1329Subway to RW to City Hall, AC123 to Chambers Street (212) 941-0041ext. 555 Basic level classes (in Chinese and English) and levels 1-4 for adults 17+. Classes in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Daytime, evening and Sunday classes. Classes begin in July, October, January and April. Call one month before course for information.Free classes, $25-35 book fee. Website:
Chinatown Manpower Project, Inc. Chinatown70 Mulberry Street 3rd floor10013Subway to Canal St. (212) 571-1698 ext.235Evenings (718) 633-7877 Beginning and intermediate levels (levels 1-4) for people 16+. Classes M-F 9-12 noon. Bring proof of address. Courses run July- Dec. and Jan.-June. Ongoing enrollment. Call to add name to waiting list.
The Door: A Center of Alternatives, Inc. Soho555 Broome Street (between Varick and 6th Avenue) A/C/E trains to Canal Street C/E Spring Street1 Canal (212) 941-9090ext. 3237 (Antoinette Washington) Classes for youth ages 12-21. 5th grade reading level required. Counseling and advocacy outside of class available in Spanish, French, Haitian Creole. Courses include citizenship preparation and management skills.
Dominican Women’s Development Center Washington Heights359 Ft. Washington Avenue 10033Subway A to 175th (212) 740-1929 Beginning levels, literacy for Spanish speakers, computer, and citizenship classes. Free classes (small donation requested).Classes begin every 2 months. Day and evening classes. Classes 2 days/week.
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House 331 E. 70th Street 10021Subway 6 to 68th Street-Hunter College (212) 744-5022ext. 1378 Call for more information.All levels. $100 registration fee. Classes begin in January, April, July and September.Website:
New Heights Neighborhood Center Washington Heights216 Ft. Washington Ave. (at 168th St.)10032Subway A,C,1 to 168th (212) 346-8895 Must be 19 +. Morning and evening classes. Call for more information.
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp. Washington Heights76 Wadsworth Avenue, 4th Floor 10033Subway A to 175th1 to 181st, Bus M100 (212) 822-8300 ESOL literacy level through level 6. Fall term (Sept.-Dec.), Winter term (Jan.- March), Spring term (April-June). (Summer classes available for studentsalready enrolled at NMIC. No new students are admitted in the summertime.) Day and evening classes available. Also, citizenship, GED (English and Spanish), computer and conversation classes. Call to add name to waiting list. (6-9 month wait)
University Settlement Society of NY Lower East Side 184 Eldridge Street 2nd floor10002Subway F,J,M to 2nd Avenue, Delancey Street, Bus M15 to Allen and Delancy Streets (212) 674-9120 Beginning, intermediate and advanced for adults 18+. Daytime, evening and weekend classes. Course runs Sept.-June.
Union Settlement Adult Education Program East Harlem237 E. 104th Street 10029Subway 6 to 103rd Bus M101, M102 (212) 828-6016 Literacy, beginning and intermediate levels (levels 1-4) for adults 18+ and GED preparation in English, French and Spanish. Daytime and evening classes. Classes begin in Oct. and Feb. Childcare available in daytime.
YMCA ELESAIRProject Various sites around the city. See Elizabeth for more information
Program Name Address/directions Telephone About classes
Good programs:
Queens Educational Opportunity Center, (SUNY)(in conjunction with York College) Jamaica158-29 Archer Avenue EJZ to Jamaica Center/ Parsons/Archer (718) 725-3300Ext. 3320 Cost: $20 deposit for booksLevels: Beginning and Intermediate for people 17+ with low income. Handicapped- accessible. Bring proof of income, address and SS card. Must be literate in native language and in US 1 year. ESL not always available. Call for current information.
CUNY: York College Learning Center Jamaica94-63 163rd StreetRoom C 104 Subway E to JamaicaCenter/Parsons/Archer then walk to 160th Street and turn right (718) 262-3860 Cost: FreeMust be 17 years old.Register Mondays 5:30-7, Tuesdays 10-2, Thursdays 9-1, Fridays 9-3. Bring one piece of ID to registration. Waiting list.
CUNY: LaGuardia Community College Adult Learning Center Long Island City 31-10 Thomson Ave. Rm. E-249Long Island City 11101 Subway E,F,G,R,N, W,7Bus: A60, M32 to Queensborough Plaza/Queens Plaza (718) 482-5380 Cost: FreeLevels: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced (levels 1-6)Daytime and Evening Classes Long waiting list
Queens Community House Forest Hills/Jackson Heights74-09 37th Ave. 4th floor, room 21Jackson Heights 11372 Subway 7 to 74th Street (718) 898-7461 Cost: FreeLevels: Daytime, afternoon and evening classes. Classes begin every 2 months.
Other programs:
La Asociacion Benefica Cultural Fr. Billini Corona104-11 37th Ave.Corona, 11366Subway 7 to 103 Street Bus Q23 to 104 St. & 37th Ave. (718) 651-8427 BeginningBegins in October. Register at the end of September. Call at the beginning of September for information. Classes meet 2 times per week (Mondays and Wednesdays)
Aspects 27 Inc.- Beacon Program South Ozone Park121-10 Rockaway Blvd, JHS 226 (Room 117A),South Ozone Park 11420 Subway A to Rockaway Blvd. (718) 848-2890 Cost: FreeLevels: Beginning and Advanced for adults 18+ Open 11AM-10PMBeginning: Thursday 1:30-8:30 PM Advanced: Tuesday 5:30-8:30 PM
Catholic Charities Community Center Astoria23-40 Astoria Blvd.Astoria 11102Subway N/W to Astoria Blvd. (718) 726-9790 Ongoing enrollment
Astoria-Catholic Migration Services Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens 1258 65th StreetBrooklyn 11219Courses held in Bensonhurst, Greenpoint, Richmond Hill and Far Rockaway, Corona Sister Kathleen (718) 236-3000ext. 106 Cost: $65 Levels: Beginning andintermediateCourses are 8 weeks long. Classes are 2X per week from 7-9:30PM. Various sites in Brooklyn and Queens.
Dominico-American Society of Queens Corona, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights35-54 98th StreetCorona 11368Subway 7 to Junction Blvd. (718) 457-5395Office hours: 11:30-7:00 Cost: FreeLevels 1-3 (computers, GED and citizenship classes, too)Call and put name on waiting list.
Federation of Italian- American Organizations of Queens Astoria29-21 21st Ave.Astoria 11105Subway N/W to Ditmars Blvd. (718) 204-2444 Call for information.
Jewish Community Council Main Street Flushing (718) 463-0434 Levels: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced level ESOL and various locations. Day and evening courses available. Open enrollment Call for locations and times.
Flushing Y Korean/International Program Flushing138-46 Northern Blvd.Flushing 11354Subway 7 to Main Street, go to 138th Street and Northern Blvd. Bus Q13, Q28 (718) 961-6880ext. 136 (for eveningcourse-call 6- 9PM T or TH) at (718) 961-6014 Cost: $120 for 8 weeks Levels: Beginning and Intermediate. Picture ID required.Daytime, Saturday and evening classes available. Evening courses held at a different location.
Haitian-Americans United for Progress Cambria Heights221-05 Linden Blvd.Cambria Heights 11411 (718) 527-3776call 1-9 PM Classes run from September to June (ongoing enrollment). Bilingual Creole-English classes. Cost: $20 for books and registration fee.
Project Beacon/HANAC, PS 19 Corona40-32 99th Street.Corona 11368Subway 7 to Junction Blvd. (718) 651-4656Call M-F 2-7PMfor information Levels: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced. Must bring SS#.
Queensborough Public Libraries Many classes, many locations (718) 480-4235 Cost: FreeSee flyers at library or visit website at www.queenslibrary.orgClick on “Your Community” and “Instruction” and “Classes” and “Learn English” for more information.
Queens College/ESL Program Flushing65-30 Kissena Blvd. (Kiely Hall Room 111-1st floor) Flushing 11367Subway F to 75th Avenue (718) 997-5712 Cost: $295+$20 registration fee.

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