The New Neighbors ELL program offers English classes and services to immigrants and refugees from around the world who have settled in Alexandria and the Northern Virginia area. With a mission of helping families become self-sufficient, the program provides a safe space where people from many cultures can build friendships and become participating members of our community while learning English.
New Neighbors includes:
- Eight levels of adult English classes taught with a structured curriculum utilizing a rich selection of teaching materials
- Child care during classes for infants to four-year-olds that stresses early literacy and developmentally-appropriate activities
- Family literacy projects for parents and children to encourage speaking and reading in English at home
- Guest speakers who provide information on jobs, housing, computer courses, and legal services
- Field trips and referrals to important community resources
On average, 75 -80 percent of students demonstrate enough progress to advance to the next level of instruction at the end of each academic year. Students report high satisfaction with the classes and enjoy being part of a caring, multicultural community.
Hours & Location
Classes are held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to noon from September to December (fall semester), and February to May (spring semester). Classes are held at Christ Church, 118 North Washington Street, in Alexandria.
In the case of inclement weather, New Neighbors will follow Alexandria City Public Schools' schedule. If Alexandria City Public Schools are on a delayed opening schedule, New Neighbors classes will start at 10:30 a.m.
Students must register in person and take a placement test. Child care will be provided. New Neighbors classes cost $120 for each adult per semester (including books), and another $125 for one child in childcare, plus $20 for each additional child. Payment in installments can be arranged.
For more information, contact Marcia D'Arcangelo, Director of New Neighbors ELL and Family Literacy Program, at (703) 224-2361 or Marciad@campagnacenter.org.