Below are our general policies. For additional Kids program policies see:

Kids School-Year Policies

Kids Summer Program Policies

COVID Procedures

All Newton Community Education programs will follow COVID-19 precautions based on the latest from the CDC and Newton Public Schools. These precautions will be continuously updated and will include social distancing, mask-wearing, specific dropoff and pickup procedures, group size limitations, and sanitation. Click here to read the latest version of NCE's full COVID-19 risk mitigation plan.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

Pursuant to Newton Public School policy, all NCE instructors/vendors and students in Adult  in-person classes must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit verification of vaccination in order to participate. The first dose of a two-dose vaccine must be received no later than October 18, 2021.

Our classes are open to everyone from all communities.

Age Requirements
Adult classes are open to students 16 years of age and older, except where noted online. Age requirements for Kids classes are listed per class.

We may cancel under-enrolled classes. Occasionally, we may need to change times and/or instructors as necessary. Any such change would be discussed with the class.

Financial Aid & Scholarships
NCE strives to make our classes accessible to all. Financial aid is available for all Newton residents and NPS students (regardless of residence) who qualify based on the Community Development Family Income Guidelines. A short online scholarship form is available on our website. Please apply by Friday, September 10 for fall scholarships. We will give priority to those who apply by this deadline. We’re eager to help. If you have questions, contact us at scholarships@newtoncommunityed.org.

Format Change
Should COVID-19 or other circumstances necessitate, a limited number of sessions of your in-person class may be moved online. You will be notified of any such change and no refunds will be offered for temporary format changes. If circumstances necessitate a permanent move to online for your class, you will be offered the option for a refund.

Gift Certificates
Gift certificates are available in any amount and can be used for any class we offer. Email us at staff@newtoncommunityed.org to purchase one.

Meeting Links & Supplies
For classes that meet online, we send links via email three days before class begins. If you did not receive your link or list of class materials, your email server may be blocking our messages. Please check your Spam and Promotions folders. You are responsible for  notifying us at least a day in advance so we can send you all the information you need for a successful class experience.

One Person Per Computer Your registration in an online class is just for you. Please register individually if more than one person will be using your screen.

We may occasionally post student work to our website or take pictures or video of students in our classes for use in promotional materials. Your enrollment in a class indicates your approval for this.

To preserve privacy, we do not allow students to take video or audio recordings of our classes.

You may withdraw from an Adult class three business days before the start date printed in this catalog, and from a Kids school year class seven business days before the printed start date to receive either a refund minus a $10 processing fee or a credit-on-account (no fee). Beyond these dates, no credits or refunds will be given. The registration fee is not refundable. Email withdrawal requests to staff@newtoncommunityed.org during  business hours; requests that come outside of those hours will be considered on the next business day.There are no partial refunds for student absences or late arrivals.

For Kids summer programs, if you withdraw from a class by May 31, we will issue a refund minus a $25 processing fee. After May 31, no refunds or credits will be given. A transfer to another NCE summer class may be possible, space permitting. There is a $25 fee for each transfer. Refund and transfer requests should be made by email to staff@newtoncommunityed.org.

Registration Fee
We charge a $9 registration fee per person per session unless registering for an adult single session class.

Trial Classes
We do not offer trial classes at this time.

Troubleshooting Online Classes
We strongly recommend that you test your meeting platform in advance as we cannot offer refunds for last-minute technical difficulties or late arrivals. See tips under Quick Links  for help using Zoom.

Waitlist Status
If the class you want is full, sign up for the waitlist! It’s free, and you can always turn down a spot if it’s offered to you.

Weather Cancellations
In inclement weather, call NCE's weather hotline at 617-559-6993 to find out if your class is running. Virtual classes will typically run in inclement weather. If your class is canceled, we will notify you of the makeup date as soon as possible. We cannot offer separate makeup dates for individual schedule conflicts. We do not provide refunds for weather-related date changes.

We are Inclusive
We welcome students of all races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities, religions, abilities, statuses, and every other category protected by federal or state law. Our goal is to provide safe, accessible, and comfortable classes for all.