Reference List for Local ESL/ESOL Classes:

Please contact the provider directly to confirm the time and location of the next class they offer.


Bon Air Baptist

Date/Time: Mondays 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Bon Air Campus, Wednesdays 6-7:15 p.m. at Bon Air Campus, Tuesdays 10 a.m.-12 noon at Robius Hall Campus
Location: Bon Air Campus at 2531 Buford Rd, Richmond, VA 23235; Robius Hall Campus at 10014 Robious Rd, Richmond, VA 23235
Contact: 804-272-1475


Commonwealth Catholic Charities

Date/Time: Rolling 4 week course – Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: 1512 Willow Lawn Dr, Richmond, VA 23230
Contact: 804-285-5900
Description: Intensive ESL course for all newcomers. Priority goes to all people who have arrived in the United States in the past month.


Monument Heights Baptist Church

Date/Time: Tuesdays 6:15 p.m. Conversation practice; 6:15 p.m. Citizenship class; 7:00 p.m. ESL class
Location: 5716 Monument Ave, Richmond, VA 23226
Contact: 804-285-3256
Description: Offering free ESL, conversation, and citizenship classes. Located close to Willow Lawn on the bus line. Begins every September through August.


Mount Vernon Adult Education Center,  Western Henrico

Date/Time: Mondays and Wednesdays 9-11:30 a.m. and 12-2:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-11:30 a.m. and 12-2:30 p.m.
Location: 7850 Carousel Ln, Henrico, VA 23294 (Off of Broad Street near Parham Road)
Contact: 804-527-4660
Description: $70 class fee due at time of registration (Cash or money order accepted only. Credit or debit cards are not accepted), plus an additional $35 textbook fee. Photo ID is required. Prior to registration, a 2.5-hour placement test will be given, and the seating is very limited, so it is a first-come, first-served basis. Childcare will not be provided, so please do not bring children to registration.

There are 8 levels of classes offered: Pre-Literacy, Literacy, Low Beginning, High Beginning, Lower Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced, and High Advanced.


Mount Vernon Baptist Church

Date/Time: Mondays 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: 11220 Nuckols Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23059
Contact: Tami Pegg at 
Info: $10 for materials. Register onsite. Classes offered: Introductory English 101, Basic English 101, and Communication Skills 101

– More Info at ESL Classes at Mount Vernon Baptist Church


Providence United Methodist Church

Date/Time: Offering unlimited use of Rosetta Stone on computer at the church. Call or stop by to sign up for times to use it.
Location: 901 South Providence Rd, Richmond VA 23236
Contact: 804-276-4289 or


Richmond Adult Career Development Center

Date/Time: 9-week course – 9 a.m. -12 noon
Location: 119 W. Leigh St, Richmond, VA 23220 (Classes held at the Goodwill Industries on 301 Midlothian Turnpike)
Contact: 804-780-8311
Description: English for Speakers of Other Languages is designed for speakers of other languages who wish to learn to speak, read, and write English in an American cultural context. Classes are available for beginners, intermediate, and advanced levels. Photo I.D. is required for registration (passport, license, etc.). Registration starts on January 13 and January 15 (at Goodwill Industries) at 5:30 p.m. or register at RACDC on January 27th at 6 p.m. All other registrations may be done at RACDC’s office on W. Leigh Street (as noted above).
Cost: $45 – cash or money order only (includes: Registration $15 and textbook fee $30). Students need to go through formal registration process.


The Roc

Date/Time: Mondays, 7-8:30pm
Location: 5501 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23225
Contact: 804-675-4101
Description: The ESL (English as a Second Language) Classes provide a free opportunity for individuals who speak foreign languages to learn English in a Christian environment. The mission is to help them learn to feel confident speaking English in everyday situations. The ministry leader is Pastor Bruno, and the class is taught in three levels each week: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The goal is for these students to become confident speaking English in places like the doctor’s office, the grocery store, with their landlord, at work, and at school.


Sacred Heart Center

Date/time: TBD
Location: 1400 Perry St, Richmond, VA 23224
Contact: Mary Wickham at 804-230-4399


St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Date/Time: Wednesdays 10 a.m. -12 noon
Location: 9505 Gayton Rd, Richmond, VA 23229
Contact: Rebecca Oxenreider at 804-740-4044, Ext 11
Description: Each summer we offer English and Citizenship classes. The classes are offered two evenings per week for 6 weeks. All levels are welcome. In addition, parishioners join together to be a friend, assist with housing, transportation, tutoring, shopping, etc.


Second Baptist Church

Date/Time: Mondays, 7-9 p.m., Wednesdays 7:30-9 p.m.
Location: 9614 River Rd, Richmond, VA 23229
Contact: 804-740-7101
Description: $10.00 fee, childcare provided on Mondays. The schedule on Monday nights also includes a break-time when all students meet together for refreshments and viewing of items in the church’s clothes closet. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes are offered. In addition to English classes, we offer citizenship and TOEFL classes. Registration is only on Monday nights, and arrival should be at 6:45 on Monday evening for placement testing and registration.


Tabernacle Baptist Church

Date/Time: Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: 5800 Tivioli Circle, Apt 106, Richmond, VA 23227
Contact: 804-355-0134
Description: Held in Colonial Apartments, This is an informal conversation class. Most participants are Burmese women, but anyone is invited.


West End Presbyterian Church

Date/Time: Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 23-Dec. 9;  Bible ESL on Sundays 9-10 a.m.
Location: 9008 Quioccasin Rd, Richmond, VA 23229
Contact: 804-741-6562
Description: Dawn Ball and Thomas Greigo have been assigned to coordinate this evening program. This evening program is to meet the needs of working refugees and the elderly refugees who care for their grandchildren while the parents are working. Classes are located in the downstairs classrooms. All levels are welcome and childcare will be available. West End Presbyterian Church is located near Nottingham Green and Cloister Apartments where several refugees live.


Westminster Canterbury

Date/Time: September 16th- Mid December
Location: 1600 Westbrook Ave, Richmond, VA 23227
Contact: 804-264-6000
Description: The workplace ESL service will continue till mid December. This program is for the employees of Westminster Canterbury only.