Albemarle County Adult Education ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages Program


The Albemarle County Adult Education ESOL Program offers general English classes with year-round registration for beginner- to advanced-level students.  Classes are held every Monday and Wednesday evening at Albemarle High School from 6:30-8:30 pm. The program also offers beginner-, intermediate- and advanced-level communication skills daytime classes and T.O.E.F.L. preparation classes. For more information and to download a registration form go to the website,, or call (434) 296-3872, ext. 2 or email Rebecca Snider at

Albemarle County Parks & Recreation

Offers many classes locally.

Albemarle County Schools

The county's community education program, Open Doors, offers a variety of classes, including art (painting, stained class, woodworking, photography, etc.), music, cooking, computers, yoga, belly dancing, golf, gardening, sign language, and finance. Schedule distributed countywide.

Blue Ridge English as a Second Language Council (BRESL)

214 Rugby Rd.

BRESL is a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization serving the ESL community in Greater Charlottesville. Trained tutors provide free English tutoring services and teach cultural adaptation skills to ESL adults.

Charlottesville Department of Recreation & Leisure Services


A broad range of classes and competitive sports are available for children and adults. Activities vary by age and include art, dance, music, basketball, tennis, swimming, gymnastics and more. 

McGuffey Arts Center
201 2nd Street, NW

Classes are offered in creative bookmaking, calligraphy, fiber arts, Chinese brush painting, African dancing, glass blowing, stained glass, painting, and printmaking. Children and adults. Call for further information.

151 McIntire Park Drive (Brooks Family YMCA is the closest to the Law School)

Offers a wide variety of programs for men, women, and children. Programs include swim team, martial arts, basketball, summer day camp, karate and weight control. Also offers child care.

Piedmont Virginia Community College
Rt 20 South, just south of I-64

Offers variety of courses in both academic and nonacademic fields. Registration takes place in January, May, and August. Charlottesville Transit bus available to campus.

UVA School of Continuing and Professional Studies
104 Midmont Lane, Zehmer Hall

Offers a large number of credit and noncredit courses starting in September and January. The spring catalog is available in January, and the brochure for the fall session is available in late August and may be picked up at the School of Continuing Ed. Cost varies for noncredit classes.