Policies

Accessibility
The City of Newton does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. If you need assistance or special services, call the NCE office at 617-559-6999.

Books
Order your books early by ordering online, by phoning New England Mobile Book Fair at 617-527-5817, or by phoning Newtonville Books at 617-244-6619. Please have your book on hand for your first class.

Completion Certificates
These are available from your instructor upon successful completion of a course. Please request in advance.

Course Admission
Adult courses are open to students 18 years of age and older. Residents of other communities are welcome.

Credits
Students seeking high school credits must get written authorization from a school authority and present it to our office prior to the start of their course(s).

Directions
Please see our website for maps, directions, and floor plans of the high schools, where most of our classes for adults take place.

Discounts
If you’re a “senior” (age 65+), a veteran, or an employee of the city of Newton, you’re eligible for a 15% discount off the tuition of many of our classes, but only if you let us know at the time of registration. Please call to register. The discount does not apply to ELL, one-session, and other select courses, and cannot be combined with any other discounts, such as already reduced “couples” rates. Discounts do not apply to materials or food fees, including those that are built into our tuition.

Enrollment
Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. When you enroll, you will get an email confirmation from registration@newtoncommunityed.org. If you don’t receive this, call us so we can confirm your registration.

Evaluation Form
We value and encourage your input at any time. Evaluation forms are distributed at the end of our classes for adults, and are also available on the Forms page of our website.

Food, Fees, & Supplies
Unless stated, these are not included in the tuition for our adult classes. All food fees and sales of supplies are final. No discounts apply.

Gift Certificates
You may purchase a gift certificate for any amount; it can be used for any course we offer.

Instructor Biographies
These are available on our website under the class descriptions.

Kids Program Behavior Policies & FAQs

If you’re signing up your child for any of our Kids programs, please read the FAQs and Behavior policies.

Office Hours
Our main office is at Newton North HS, Room 101, 457 Walnut St., Newtonville. We are open from 8:30am to 6pm (or 8pm when classes are in session). Our satellite office, at Newton South, 140 Brandeis Rd., Newton Center is open from 5pm to 8pm when classes in the evening, and during the day when daytime classes are taking place.

Parking
Free parking is available in lots at both high schools. There is additional parking on neighborhood streets; pay attention to all official street signs, as parking laws are enforced.

Scholarships
Partial scholarships are available on a limited basis for Newton residents. Call 617-559-6999 for more information.

Smoking
Smoking is not permitted on school grounds in Newton or at any of our off-site classes.

Transportation
We do not provide transportation to any of our classes. For public transportation information, please visit www.mbta.com or call 617-222-3200 (toll free 1-800-392-6100).

Weather Cancellations
If Newton public schools are canceled due to inclement weather, our on-site classes are canceled at all locations. Decisions about off-site classes are made individually; please check your class listing on our website.

Withdrawals/Refunds
Full refunds are given if a class is canceled due to low enrollment. You must withdraw at least one week before the class start date printed in our catalog to receive either a tuition refund minus a $10 processing fee or a course voucher minus a $5 processing fee. We’re sorry, but no other refunds or vouchers will be given. The $6 registration fee is non-refundable unless we cancel a class. NCE reserves the right to cancel classes that are under-enrolled, to change times, locations, and instructors when necessary. Refunds for checks and cash take four to six weeks; for credit cards, allow one week. To withdraw from a class, call us during business hours.

Kids summer classes You must withdraw by May 29 to receive a refund minus a $25 processing fee. No refunds or credits will be given after May 29. Transfers are possible, space permitting. There is a $50 fee for all transfers.