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The Quintana Center provides classes in civics education and ESL to prepare eligible newcomers and refugees to attain a full understanding of U.S. history and government as well as the responsibilities, rights, and requirements related to becoming a citizen of the United States

The Quintana Center Citizenship Program Offers:
  • A spring, fall and summer term
  • Small class groups  
  • Trained Citizenship Instructors
  • Updated curriculum to meet federal requirements
  • Worksheets and study guides
  • Interview practice
  • Online and In-class test practice
  • Field Trips
  • Partnership with Philips Andover Academy

Fall (Sept - December), Winter (January - May) and Summer (end of May - July) 
- $75/term 
Spring and Fall Terms - 16 weeks 
Summer Term - 10 weeks
Tuesdays and Thursdays - 6:00 - 8:00 pm; or
Saturdays - 10:00 - 1:30 pm

Students must register prior to each term with placements first come/first served. Registration is closed after the conclusion of the first week of classes.

anaAna moved from the Dominican Republic to Lawrence MA in 2018 with her husband and three children. She first registered with the Quintana Center’s ESL program during the spring of 2019 and earned the coveted role of graduation speaker.

Ana has continued on with ESL classes throughout this current fiscal year. When asked what her experience has been as a student here, she states, “it has been a great experience because I have been able improve my communication skills and continue with my future and her teacher, Mrs. Rose Ray Goris. Ana’s English has improved so much that she recently had the confidence to speak in public, representing the Quintana Center at the Lawrence Community Development Block Grant presentations.

Ana is continuing to work on her English language skills and is working towards a career in industrial engineering. She and her husband also hope to buy a home and make their new life in the United States more permanent.

To learn more about the naturlazition process visit

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For more information on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services visit their website at

To learn more about the services offered at the Quintana Center or to make an appointment, contact 

Programming provided with the support from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Massahusetts Legislature, the City of Lawrence Department of Community Development, the Massachusetts Office of Refugees and Immigrants, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), and Northeast Legal Aid/ Northeast Justice Center.