Thrive loves to help students learn English and find community together in classes.

Because of Covid-19, there are no in-person classes yet.  However, we are excited to continue online classes and online homework.  These are great opportunities to learn and interact with the teacher and other students.

Level 1

  • Mid-high beginning ESL
  • Online–Mondays from 7:00-8:30pm

Level 2

  • Low-intermediate & mid-intermediate ESL
  • Online–Mondays from 9:00-10:30am

Level 3

  • High intermediate ESL
  • Online–Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30pm

Level 4

  • Advanced ESL
  • Online–Fridays from 9:00-10:15am
  • Includes a weekly 1-hour community volunteering component

Citizenship Classes

  • High-beginning ESL and above
  • May be taken in combination with another class
  • Online–Day/Time: to be announced

Class and Homework

Class meetings (at the times above) are online by Zoom during Covid-19.

Additionally, students have 15-20 minutes of homework five days per week (Monday through Friday).  This homework is online at USA Learns for all classes except level 4.  It can be done anytime each day.  The teacher monitors homework and can help as needed.  Students are encouraged to do homework once per week with a volunteer or another student for additional interaction, motivation, and accountability.

Students can do class and online homework with a smartphone or computer.

End of session testing

Students who regularly attend class and complete all homework throughout the 6-month session will have an opportunity to compete a CASAS exam at the end of the session.  This provides a nationally-recognized report of a student’s English level.  Please contact Ivonne at ivonne@thriveip.org for questions about testing in other situations.

To Register

To make steady progress, Thrive asks students to make a solid commitment to learning English.  This includes coming to class regularly and doing homework daily.  If you are ready to work hard to learn English, we are ready to help. The following is information about how to register:

  1. Students can register online or contact Ivonne at ivonne@thriveip.org. The next session starts the week of January 4, 2021, but depending on class availability, we may also accept new students at other times of the year.
  2. At a registration meeting/appointment, new students take an assessment (exam) to see which class will be best for them.
  3. Because classes are online during the summer, students who are anywhere in the world welcome to enroll.

We will admit students/participants of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students within the programs. We will  not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, and loan programs, and athletic and other program-administered activities.

Fees

The registration fee is $15 if you are able to take the placement test in-person in Williamsport.  If you need a one-to-one online placement test, the registration fee is $40.

The tuition fee is $30 per month.

The cost for end of session testing is $15 if you are able to take the post test in-person in Williamsport.  If you need a one-to-one online post test, the fee is $40.  If a student pays for end of session testing and chooses to register for the next session at Thrive, his/her registration fee for the next session is waived.

If a student helps with Thrive’s takeout meal the prior month, then his/her class fee is reduced to $20 the next month.

Payment is due on the first day of each month.  Students can pay online.

Scholarships

Scholarships for tuition may be available if a student has low income. We do not want the fee to prevent anyone from coming to class.  If you will have trouble paying for class, please see our scholarship application or talk to Jody or Ivonne.  Full and partial scholarships are available to students who live within a 45-minute driving distance of Williamsport, PA.  If you live in north-central/northeastern PA or the Lehigh Valley and there are no local ESL classes within 45 minutes of your home/work, we may consider a scholarship request outside this limit.