ASL Classes for the Community

Welcome!  Rochester School for the Deaf is pleased to offer American Sign Language (ASL) classes to the community. 
Are you interested in learning ASL?  Whether you are a beginner or want to advance your proficiency in ASL, we'd love to see you in one of our classes!
Rochester has one of the largest Deaf communities in the nation, and learning ASL helps us all participate more fully in all aspects of civic life and allows us to be a good neighbor and create a welcoming community.  Many individuals choose to take classes with us to help them communicate with friends, clients, patients, family and coworkers.
We offer three 10-week course sessions per year in fall, winter, and spring.



We will continue with all classes being offered by Zoom for the spring session.  They are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration opens March 15 and is due by April 6.  Please submit one registration form for each participant.

Community Classes follow the curriculum outlined in Signs of the Times by Edgar H. ShroyerSigns of the Times uses pictures to demonstrate the signs. Using the spiral approach, signs are repeated and build on previously introduced signs and then integrated into sentences. Each lesson also looks at Deaf culture.
Spring 2022 Community Classes
ASL Level 1
Tuesday 6-8 p.m. (on Zoom)
April 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; June 7, 14

ASL Level 2
Thursday 6-8 p.m. (on Zoom)
April 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26; June 2, 9, 16
Class Fee: $115, payable at registration
Book Fee: $40 with registration (pickup at RSD required) or you may order it on Amazon.


Books for community and extended family members may be picked up on campus at Lyon Hall from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on April 7 ONLY. The book must be paid in advance with registration.
Rochester School for the Deaf is located at 1545 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY.
Please bring or have available a pen/pencil, pocket folder, writing pad, and the textbook.
No refunds are issued after the first class. Up until the second class, the enrollment fee may be credited and applied to a future SFA class within the year. No credits or refunds will be issued after the second class. 
Yes. All classes are contingent upon sufficient enrollment.  These classes are provided as a service to families and the community.