I'm not sure about the climbing stores near you. I'm sure someone here in your area will post up.
As far as ropes go, just get yourself a reasonably priced entry level rope. Pretty much all the manufacturers have something in that range. 60 Meters is the typical range these days. Buying a $200+ rope for your first rope is not a good idea. You'll likely just trash it.
Everybody is going to jump in on this thread and give you tons of "advice". Just go with something cost effective. You should not have to pay more than around $170. Starting prices seem to be around $150 depending on where you get it from.
Good luck with your class!
(This post was edited by socalclimber on Jan 29, 2013, 7:21 PM)