English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

  • ESOL Classes

    Now enrolling for In-Person and Distance Learning classes -
    get more information below.

    ESOL classes offer adults whose native language is not English the opportunity to improve their English language skills. Speakers of all levels can receive instruction at various locations during morning, afternoon and evening hours. Classes include lessons in speaking, listening, reading, and writing to use in everyday life and work environments. Traditional classes or guided home study with tutoring are free after a one-time registration fee of $50.

    Monroe #1 BOCES Adult Education program will begin a phased reopening in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s executive order and guidance in Phase 4. Monroe #1 BOCES and the Adult Education Program are committed to creating and maintaining a healthy and safe re-opening of in-person classes and testing for our students, staff & visitors.

    The Monroe #1 BOCES Adult Education ABE/HSE Program will open up in stages. The stages that impact our ESOL students are expressed below:

    Stage 1 - Return to In-Person Testing

    • In-Person testing for new and current students has begun at the Plaza location in Irondequoit and Foreman Center locations. For more information please call us at the number below.
      • TABE - entrance assessment for our High School Equivalency classes
      • Best + - entrance assessment for our ESOL classes
      • Post-testing for current ESOL and High School Equivalency students
      • Readiness testing for High Scool Equivalency students looking to take the TASC exam

    Stage 3 - Return to In-Person Classes for ESOL

    • ESOL classes returned to in-person classes the week of 9/8/20 at the Plaza location in Irondequoit and Building 9 at the Foreman Center on 9/21/20.
    • For more information please call us at the number below.
    • Distance learning under the current temporary COVID 19 process will continue until in-person classes resume.
    • Distance learning options will be available to interested students even after we return to in-person classes.
    • In-person testing will continue.


    We are excited to help you reach your goals.

    How do you get started?

    • Call us at 585-544-4886 to speak to our office clerk, Pat Moorehouse (or email her: Patricia_Moorehouse@boces.monroe.edu) about the steps to join the program.

    • Participate in an In-Take including Student Contract. Students would schedule an in-take appointment with the Program Manager (Arlene Meyer) via Office 365 Teams or Zoom.

    • Forms/paperwork: Students will be mailed hard copy registration forms and ISRF forms with postage paid envelopes. For tech savvy students, they will be directed to our webpage for the registration form and sent the fillable ISRF. 

    • New students will begin distance learning and may choose to continue with distance when we all come back together or they may choose to attend classes at one of our locations.

    • Tutoring sessions will also be available to sudents, weekly or twice a week, to stay connected. 

Registration Information for ESOL

Citizenship Classes

  • We are now offering FREE citizenship classes to qualifying individuals with a green card in partnership with CFC. These classes will cover U.S. history and government and will prepare students who are interested in taking the naturalization test to become a U.S. citizen. Through collaborative partnerships with local community agencies we can offer supportive services to individuals who successfully complete citizenship classes. Sign-up today for Citizenship classes.

    Call (585) 544-4886 for more information.

Classes in Irondequoit

  • Adult Education at Tops Plaza
    999 East Ridge Road
    Rochester, NY 14621

    Daytime Classes

    • Monday–Thursday: 8:30am–11:30am 
    • Monday–Thursday: 12:00pm–3:00pm 

    Evening Classes

    • Tuesday and Thursday: 5:00pm–8:00pm

Classes in Fairport

  • Monroe One BOCES
    Foreman Center - Building 9
    25 O'Connor Road
    Fairport, NY 14450

    Daytime Classes:

    • Monday–Thursday: 8:30am–12:00pm
    • Monday–Thursday: 12:30pm– 3:00pm

    Evening Classes

    • Tuesday and Thursday: 6:00pm–9:00pm

Cost and Details

    • Our classes are FREE to those who qualify!
      • There is a $50 non-refundable registration fee each academic year.
    • A strict attendance policy is enforced.
    • Please see our Policies.

Contact Us

  • Adult Literacy