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“The Beautiful Thing About Learning Is That Nobody Can Take It Away From You.”

- BB King

Sr. Lory Schaff Adult Learning Center

Our mission is to serve as a beacon of hope by providing educational services for adults who want to advance themselves and their career potential.


Knowledge is power, and we are here to help those who want
to learn.

Our Program

Our classes take place Monday through Thursday, 9:00am to 1:00pm.
During that time, we offer one-on-one tutoring, computer-based lessons and small group instructions for all students in reading, language, math, science and social studies.

We strive to improve our participant's self-confidence. Students work at their own pace. We allow time to make mistakes, process, learn, & overcome frustration, all while providing a guiding hand.

We have a wealth of resources to help with learning, test preparation
and job applications.

Our Goals

To strengthen basic educational skills

To prepare adult students to take the HiSET tests

To develop employment skills

Program Requirements

19 years or older

Above 3rd grade reading ability

A desire to work hard

$15 registration fee and ID

SVdP Adult Learning Center’s History

Sr. Lory Schaff started the Adult Learning Center at Saint Vincent de Paul New Orleans on January 17, 2007. With only one student and a
classroom at 2601 Canal Street - a SVdP building - she got to work.


Shortly afterwards, the Center moved to a larger space in the Gentilly neighborhood where the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store and Pharmacy were originally located.

In March of 2012, the Center moved back to 2601 Canal Street. This time they were better equipped with the whole building which provided space for an office, a computer room, testing room, classrooms for small group instruction, and a kitchenette. It was great place to continue their mission of Adult Education to those in New Orleans.

In August, 2020, the Center opened at its current site, 3500 Canal St.

In the past 16 years there have been 71 graduates from the The Adult Learning Center. We're so grateful for all of their efforts and dedication throughout the process. We are so blessed that we have been able to help them and hundreds of other individuals advance in their education.

The Happiest Day Is Graduation Day!

Ready To Apply?

If you are ready to get help with your education, you can reach out to ALC Director Sr. Bonita Sniegowski, SND by phone or email to learn more!


Or leave us a message!

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