Civics Classes

Civics ClassesEnglish and Spanish Classes, Medical Exemptions and Accommodations

To register for classes, please contact McPherson FRC or Puertas Abiertas.
Classes are offered every Monday. 

  • 5:30-7:30PM, Room 12, McPherson Elementary School, 2670 Yajome Street, Napa. Click HERE for directions.

English Test Takers: 

The English test has three components: reading, writing, and speaking. Test civics test covers important U.S. history and government topics. We offer three class levels to prepare students for the exam. The classes are free but there is a Class Workbook that costs $30.00. The English class levels are Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. A placement test will be issued to register the student for the appropriate English class level, but a student may move up a level throughout the course.

Spanish Test Takers:

Students taking the exam in their native language are tested in one component: civics questions. Currently, we offer classes for Spanish test takers. We prepare students for the 20-question or 100-question exams. To qualify to take the exam in Spanish, the person must meet one of the three possible English Language Exemptions.

English Language Exemptions:

  • Exemption (1): To Study 100 Questions: The applicant must be at least 50 years old AND a resident for at least 20 years.
  • Exemption (2): To Study 100 Questions: The applicant must be at least 55 years old AND a resident for at least 15 years.
  • Exemption (3): To Study 20 Questions: The applicant must be at least 65 years old AND a resident for at least 20 years.

If you are 57 years old and a resident for 7 years, you cannot take the test in Spanish because you are not yet a resident for at least 15 years.  

Test Takers Who are Learning to Read and/or Write: 

The educational spectrum of our immigrant community varies. For some students, the civics classes are an opportunity to learn how to read and write in their native language and English, at the same time. We welcome students to the English and Spanish civics classes, regardless of their reading and writing level. We encourage Spanish speaking students to enroll in Plaza Comunitaria to advance their education in their native language as they prepare to become U.S. Citizens.

Plaza Comunitaria offers students an opportunity to take literacy courses, to start or to continue their elementary, middle and high-school education in Spanish, and to acquire important skills for their life and work. Please contact Puertas Abiertas for details about Plaza Comunitaria. 

Medical Exception:  

A person may be eligible for an exception to the English and civics naturalization requirements if s/he is unable to comply with these requirements because of a physical or developmental disability or a mental impairment.

Disability Accommodations:

Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, USCIS provides accommodations or modifications for applicants with physical or mental impairments that make it difficult for them to complete the naturalization process. Applicants are encouraged to list their needs in the space provided on the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.