About Us

  • Our Program

    TST BOCES ESL classes are part of a comprehensive program approved by the New York State Education Department. Our program undergoes regular review by NYSED and our staff are required to participate in ongoing staff development provided by the New York State Regional Adult Education Network.

    When you attend our classes, your time will be well spent. In addition to receiving outstanding instruction, you will make friends from around the world, learn how to navigate the Ithaca area, and participate in activities that will help you get a job or higher education. Our classes will help you learn English quickly and effectively. 

    Classes are always FREE of charge.

    Our Goals

    ESL classes are offered at different levels ranging from beginner to advanced. In class, teachers provide lessons to meet the individual needs and learning styles of each student.  Instruction will maximize your progress and independence in English communication, particularly in regard to your chosen career or education path.

    The classes are designed to help you learn English to reach any of the following goals:

    • Get a job
    • Improve job status
    • Retain a current job
    • Become more proficient in English speaking, listening, reading and writing
    • Prepare to earn a High School Equivalency diploma
    • Earn a work credential
    • Enter college or training


    If you are non-native English speaker and want to work in the United States, you can study in our program!