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, please notify the NCE office when you register (call 617-559-6999).

Books
Order your books early by calling New England Mobile Book Fair (617) 527-5817 or Newtonville Books (617-244-6619). Books may not be in stock at these book- stores, but can be ordered to arrive in three to seven days. You may also order them online. Please have your book on hand for your first class meeting.

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 16 years of age and older. Residents of other communities are welcome. There is a non- refundable $6 registration fee per student each semester. NCE reserves the right to cancel classes that are under-enrolled, to change times and locations when necessary, and to substitute instructors if needed.

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).

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, off campus, 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.

Directions
Please see our website for maps, directions, and floor plans of the high schools.

Enrollment
Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You are officially enrolled once we receive your completed registration form and payment, as long as there is still space available. Please register early so you won’t miss out!

Evaluation Form
We value and encourage your input at any time. Evaluations are distributed at the end of the class. You may also use the online evaluation form found on our website.

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

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

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

Kids Program FAQs and Behavior Policy
Click here to view.

No Course Reminders
We don’t send reminders, but we’ll contact you if there are any changes.

Office Hours
Our main office is at Newton North HS, Room 101, 457 Walnut St., Newtonville; it is open from 8:30am to 6pm with coverage until 8pm on evenings when classes are in session. Our satellite office at Newton South, 140 Brandeis Rd., Newton Center, is open when classes are taking place during the day and in the evening.

Parking
Newton South HS (140 Brandeis Rd, Newton Center) and Newton North HS (457 Walnut St, Newtonville) have ample parking in lots adjacent to the school buildings. Additional parking is available on neighborhood streets; please pay attention to all official street signs, as parking laws are enforced.

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

Smoking
No smoking is permitted.

Transportation
For transportation-related info, please visit www.mbta.com; call 617-222-3200 (or toll free at 1-800-392-6100); or visit our website.

Weather Cancellations
If Newton public schools are canceled due to inclement weather, our classes are canceled at all locations.

Withdrawals/Refunds
Full refunds are given if a class is canceled due to low enrollment. You must withdraw at least one week before your course’s starting date to receive either a tuition refund minus a $10 processing fee or a course voucher minus a $5 processing fee. The $6 registration fee is non-refundable unless we cancel a class. Note: Refunds for checks and cash take 4-6 weeks; for credit cards, allow one week. We regret that no other refunds or vouchers will be given.

For kids summer classes, if you change your mind before May 30, you can have a refund minus a $25 processing fee. After May 30, no refunds or credits will be given. A transfer may be possible, space permitting. There is a $50 fee for all transfers.