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General Info & Policies

Access

Our classes are open to everyone. Please let us know if you have any special concerns or need special assistance.

Age Requirements

Adult classes are open to students 18 years of age and older. Age requirements for Kids classes are listed per class.

Changes

NCE reserves the right to cancel classes that are under-enrolled, and to change times, locations, and instructors when necessary.

Discounts

We offer a 15% discount to seniors (age 65+), veterans, and employees of the city of Newton. The discount is available on most of our classes, but only if you register by phone and let us know at the time of registration. ELL, one-session, couples’ rate classes, and other select classes are excluded. Discounts do not apply to materials or food fees and can not be combined.

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates are available in any amount and can be used for any class we offer.

Parking for Evening Classes

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

Photos

We may occasionally take pictures of students in our classes for our use in promotional materials. Your enrollment in a class indicates your approval for this.

Refunds/Withdrawals 

For our adult, and school-year Kids classes, you must withdraw at least seven days before the class start date printed in our catalog to receive either a refund minus a $10 processing fee, or a credit-on-account minus a $5 fee. The $6 registration fee is non-refundable. No other refunds or credits will be given, unless we cancel your class, in which case you’ll receive a full refund. To withdraw from a class, call us during office hours; we do not process withdrawals by email. There are no partial refunds for student absences, scheduling conflicts, or weather-related closings.

Scholarships

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

Trial Classes

Sorry, we do not offer trial classes.

Weather Cancellations

If Newton public schools are closed due to inclement weather, our classes that run in school buildings are cancelled. Decisions about off-site classes are made individually; please check your class listing on our website. Classes cancelled due to weather will be made up at the end of the term; there will be no refunds for weather-related closings.

We are inclusive

NCE does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or any other category protected by federal or state law.