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General Info & Policies

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.

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

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 cannot 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.

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

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.

Registration Fee
We charge a $6 registration fee per person per session.

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.