Adult Literacy Advocates

Adult Literacy Advocates provides a variety of educational programs to help adults in the Greater Baton Rouge area achieve personal, employment, and family goals by improving their literacy skills.

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Address: 7732 Goodwood Boulevard Suite 111
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Phone Number: 225-383-1090
Fax: 225-387-5999
ALA is an adult literacy service provider that has served the learning needs of adults in the Greater Baton Rouge area for over fifty years. Our programs include Adult Basic Education, Adult Intermediate Education, HiSET Preparation, and English as a Second Language, with work readiness skills integrated into each class. Small group instruction is led by certified and experienced professional educators, while volunteer tutors work one-to-one with students who are not able to attend regular classes.

A brief description of each program, and the class schedule is below. For additional information, or to schedule an appointment for an intake interview, contact us at (225)383-1090 or

Adult Basic Education: Students testing below a 4.0 grade level equivalent who need to work on their basic skills in reading and math; meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon

Adult Intermediate Education: Students testing between a 4.0 and 8.0 grade level equivalent who need additional work before progressing to the HiSET Preparation class; meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

HiSET Preparation: Students testing above an 8.0 grade level equivalent who are preparing to take the HiSET test for their High School Equivalency Diploma; meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

English as a Second Language (ESL): Students who are not native English speakers who want to improve their skills in English reading, speaking, listening, and writing; meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Senior Scholars: Students aged 55 and over who wish to work on basic reading and math skills; meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

"ALA is a bunch of good people doing good things for other good people." ALA Volunteer

"I came to ALA to better my reading ability and to be able to be self-sufficient. Now, instead of just looking at a book, I can read it better. ALA has helped me to see how the world looks through books. I can now comprehend and understand how the world works. If someone wants to come to classes at ALA, I would say, "Take the class! It will help you."
ALA Student

"They just gave me books and put me on a computer. You're different here. You're different because you care about us and you want us to succeed. You're different because you actually teach us something. You call us when we don't come to class, like you did me. We have a classroom where you actually teach us and I am learning." ALA Student

"Finding ALA was a must. I had become frantic thinking it was too late for me. I have a future now. Life is so much brighter. I'm learning - who would have thought! I'm not just sliding along, not just coming in through the back door, but really learning. ALA not only teaches us about knowledge, but self-worth also. Now I wake up knowing that I'm going somewhere and that I have a lot to give of myself." ALA Student