Adult Program Policies


BA&CE courses are open to participants 16 years of age and older, unless the course is especially for children. You are officially enrolled and your name is placed upon the class roster as soon as we receive your registration form and payment. Please note that we do not send written confirmations (unless one is requested and an email address is provided). Unless we contact you, please assume that you are enrolled in the class(es) of your choice.


A $15 registration fee is charged once per person, per term. This fee helps fund scholarships so that all can participate. The fee does not apply to courses of $30 or less.


Meeting links will be sent out at least a day before the course begins. Supply lists for art courses will be included in your receipt. Shopping lists for cooking classes will be emailed a week prior to the start date. Students are responsible for making sure they get the meeting link and all needed supplies before the start of class. If you are unsure about your supplies or have not received the link, feel free to contact us.


Your registration is an online class just for you unless it is specifically noted otherwise. If more than one person wants to attend the same class on the same computer, please feel free to register together.


Students are responsible for confirming beforehand that the meeting platform (in most cases Zoom) is downloaded and works on their computer, and that the microphone and speakers are also functioning properly. There are no refunds for last-minute technical difficulties or late arrivals. Please consult our website ( for a helpful page: “Information about Taking Courses Online.”


If you withdraw your enrollment for an online course prior to (3) business days (Monday-Friday) of the courses’ starting time, we will offer you a refund, minus a $25 processing fee. Once the class has started, there will be no refund. Respectfully, we ask you to test out your online platform in advance as we will not be offering refunds for last minute technical difficulties. There are tips on our webpage ( which may help guide you in learning how to use these platforms.


Before the start of class:

We will refund your full tuition:

  1. In the event that your course is cancelled due to low enrollment, you are eligible to receive a full refund, unless you prefer to transfer to another course.
  2. If you withdraw from a class at least three (3) business days (Monday-Friday) in advance of starting time, you may request a refund, minus a $25 processing fee. The $15 registration fee is non-refundable, unless we cancel due to low enrollment.
  3. Food and Wine Classes: In order to receive a refund for a food or wine course or a food or wine fee we must have at least five (5) business days (Monday-Friday) notice in advance of the starting time of the class. No refunds are given after this time.
  4. Special events and lectures are non-refundable.
  5. If you pre-register for drop in sessions, tuition can only be refunded with 24-hours notice before the class start time.

  6. No refunds are given for changes to locations or instructors. Refunds will not be given for rescheduled one-session classes.

  7. Refunds will not be given in cash. Credit card refunds will be processed within five to seven business days. Refunds issued by check will be processed within two to four weeks.


  1. You may transfer to any other class offered during the term prior to the second meeting of the class you are dropping, provided that there is space available in the class you wish to transfer to. This excludes transfer from one food or wine class to another. No refunds are given for price differences, but any additional amount can be applied to another course in the same term.
  2. We regret that no transfers can be granted after the first class for two-four week courses, and no transfers can be granted after the second session for five-nine week classes.

Note: All refunds or transfers must be made in person or by phone (617-730-2700) during regular business hours. Requests made outside of these hours, including weekends and holidays, will not be accepted.

At this time, BA&CE is no longer issuing course credit.

Any existing course credits in you may have in your BA&CE account must be used by June 2022.


  • All School and Town of Brookline Employees receive a 20 percent discount on course fees (excluding material, food, or wine fees and contracted courses).
  • Partial tuition-remission is available for those in need of scholarship assistance. Disabled veterans, persons on Social Security Disability (SSDI), or receiving AFDC receive a 25 percent discount on course fees upon presenting a letter of verification or veterans’ identification. Please call (617) 730-2700 for more information. Please note: completed scholarship forms are due one week in advance of the course start date.
  • Persons over 65 receive 25 percent discount on courses except where indicated. This discount does not apply to students being registered by a senior, to lectures or special events, to courses marked “senior discount does not apply”, to food, wine, material, studio, and shop fees, or to contracted courses. Students 60 years of age or older are eligible to enroll in senior-only classes.
  • If you are a current student, bring a friend with you when you register for a class and you will receive 10 percent off your course tuition. You must be listed in our database to be considered a current student. Your friend must be new to BA&CE, and registrations must be concurrent for you to receive a discount. The discount must be used in the current term, is not transferable, and cannot be combined with other discounts, waivers, or scholarships.
  • Please note that if you are eligible for a scholarship or discount, it is not possible to register on line. Please call the BA&CE office at 617-730-2700. Also, it is not possible to combine discounts. Our staff will give you the discount that provides the most savings for you.


The program reserves the right to cancel classes that are under-enrolled, to change dates, times, and locations when necessary, and to substitute instructors. We will contact you by email with all cancellations and changes to course dates, times, and locations.


Most textbooks can be purchased at the Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline, 617-566-6660. Textbook prices are subject to change by the publisher.


The Town of Brookline 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 accommodations, please contact the BA&CE office at 617-730-2700.


Brookline Adult & Community Education reserves the right, and may give permission to its staff, to photograph class participants. These photos are for promotional purposes and may be used in future publications, marketing, and on social media. By participating in BA&CE’s classes and events, you consent to the taking and publication of your photograph for these purposes. If we have used a photo of you that you would prefer not to have used, please contact us by email at requesting that we remove the image, and we will be happy to take the photo down from our website and not use it in future publications. Please be sure to fully describe the page and image, so we can identify it correctly.


To read more about who will be teaching your class, click on your preferred course and hover over the instructor’s name, and his/her bio will appear.


All classes are limited. If the class you wish to register for is filled, you will be placed on a waitlist. Our office will contact you if space becomes available. Please note: you are not officially enrolled if you are still on a waitlist.

An instructor will be assigned to you by a program coordinator once you have officially registered and paid for your sessions. Please come prepared with questions, your materials, and areas of study that you would like to work on with your instructor.

A program coordinator will determine a tutoring schedule with you and your tutor. If you need to make a change, please contact the program coordinator or the registration office immediately at 617-730-2700, extension 0.

You will be assigned to a location by your program coordinator. Possible tutoring locations are as follows:
Classroom or lab at Brookline High School (115 Greenough Street, Brookline)
Classroom or lab at the Unified Arts Building (46 Tappan Street, Brookline)
Please contact your program coordinator or the office if you need directions or further information.

If you need to cancel or change the time of a tutoring session, two business days (48 hours) advance notice is required (Monday through Friday). Please contact the office at 617-730-2700, ext. 0, and let the office staff know the name of your instructor. Without advance notice, all payment for missed sessions will be forfeited. All rescheduled sessions must take place within the same term.

Additional Sessions
If you would like to continue working with your instructor and wish to schedule additional private sessions, please contact your program coordinator or the office at 617-730-2700, extension 0.
Discounts, waivers, or credits do not apply.

If Brookline Public Schools are canceled due to inclement weather, then all Brookline Adult & Community Education classes are canceled as well (both day and evening). Missed classes will be made up at the end of the term.