English as a Second Language
Our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes serve hundreds of adult learners each year, from more than 30 countries around the world. Classes are held at five sites throughout Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Tammany parishes. Both morning and evening classes are offered, and made possible with the dedication of hundreds of volunteers. Our ESL classes provide a key component to helping immigrants become independent, productive, and integral members of our society, and classes are open to those who have recently arrived as well as those who have been living in the United States for several years.
For more information on our ESL classes, or to volunteer, please call (504) 722-5692.
Check out our FALL 2014 ESL class schedule:
Catholic Charities Pathway to Citizenship Project
Provides full naturalization application preparation services for those seeking to become U.S. citizens. To make an appointment with a fully accredited Board of Immigration Appeals representative, call 504-310-6861. There is a one-time consultation fee of $50 for this application preparation service.
In addition, Catholic Charities offers a 12-week citizenship course for those studying for the U.S. citizenship/naturalization test. Two course levels are offered based on English language proficiency. Beginner-level English language speakers receive four hours of instruction per week and intermediate-level English Speakers receive two hours of instruction per week. The course is offered in Metairie at the Hispanic Apostolate/ St. Lawrence Community Center and on the Westbank at the Immaculate Conception Church. A course fee of $25 covers the cost of the textbook.
To enroll in the Fall 2014 Citizenship Classes, please plan to attend one of the following registration days or call 504-310-6861 to inquire about enrolling on or after the first day of class.
Citizenship Class at Hispanic Apostolate/St. Lawrence Community Center
2505 Maine Avenue, Metairie LA 70003
Registration for Fall 2014: Monday, September 22, 2014 from 5pm- 7pm
Classes begin September 29, 2014
Beginner Level Classes meet Monday and Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm
Intermediate Level Classes meet Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
Citizenship Class at Immaculate Conception Church
4401 7th Street, Marrero LA 70072/ Parish Hall
Registration for Fall 2014: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 5pm- 7pm
Classes begin September 30, 2014
Beginner Level Classes meet Monday and Wednesday, 7-9pm
Intermediate Level Classes meet Tuesdays, 7-9pm
Head Start Centers
Head Start programs provide education, social services, and health screenings to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Early Head Starts serve children ages 6 weeks to 3 years old, while Head Stars serve children 3 to 5 years old.
Leslie Early Head Start
2126 Constance Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Louise Head Start
1205 Louisiana Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
St. John the Baptist Head Start
1920 Clio Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Incarnate Word Head Start
8326 Apricot Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
St. Mary of the Angels Head Start
St. Mary of the Angels Early Head Start
2225 Congress Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
Independent Living Skills Program
Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) assists teens and young adults (14-21) to prepare for changes they will experience when they leave the State’s foster care and are living on their own. The aftercare program serves young adults (18-25) who continue to face the challenges of independent living. ILSP provides life skills classes and assessments, and through the Hope Chest Donation Center, assists clients to set up and maintain their first apartment or home.