Registration & Policies


Winter class registration opens to the public on November 14. Members and students enrolled in conservatory classes are eligible to register now. In order to access member registration now, you must become a member first to obtain the access code for registration. Members can click here to be directed to BlackRock’s registration system or you can browse the classes  here.

Members/Conservatory Only

2013/14 Calendar

Fall Session (12 weeks): September 9 – December 7

No classes November 27- 30 (Thanksgiving Weekend)

Winter Session (10 weeks): January 6 – March 17

No Classes Mon January 21 (MLK, Jr. Day)

Spring Session (10 weeks): March 24- June 13

No classes April 13-20 (MCPS Spring Break)

No classes May 23-26 (Memorial Day weekend)

Spring Arts Showcase: June 7-8


A limited number of partial scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need. Please apply early! For more information, please call 240.912.1053

Senior Discount

Seniors (62 and over) will receive a 20% discount on all arts classes at the time of registration. The discount is not transferable and cannot be combined with other discounts.

Registration Policies


All registrations are processed in the order received. Online registrations are confirmed immediately. Registrations may be hand delivered to BlackRock’s front desk 10 AM-5PM, M–F, OR may be mailed to: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, MD 20874. Early registration deadline is January 2. Registrations received after that date are subject to a $10 late fee.

Conservatory Registrations:

Students enrolled in the Fall conservatory classes will be reenrolled in the same class for winter. All invoices must be paid by Nov 11 to hold your spot in the class. Student’s invoices not paid by Nov 11 will be un-enrolled from the class and can register starting Nov 14.

Registration Confirmation:

Confirmations will be emailed for class registrations. Waiting lists will be set up for classes at maximum enrollment and you will be notified when space becomes available.


Full payment by cash, check or credit card is due when submitting registration form. Checks and money orders should be made payable to “BlackRock Center for the Arts” and must include name, address, home and work telephone numbers, and participant’s full name. There is a $25 charge for returned checks. VISA, MasterCard, AmEx and Discover payments are accepted. Materials Fee: Students in adult and teen classes are responsible for their own supplies; a list of supplies will be available at the first class. There is a materials fee for all children’s visual art classes; see specific classes for details.

Costume Fee:

Each year students enrolled in a conservatory dance class are required to pay a $52 costume fee per dance conservatory class. This cost is included in the winter tuition. Costume fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to another class or student. No refunds or exchanges. All costumes are ordered for the winter conservatory class regardless of spring status. All costume fees must be paid in full at time of winter registration. New costumes will not be ordered after January 21. BlackRock is not responsible for costumes after the spring distribution date and are non-replaceable. No exceptions to any of the costume policies.

Class Cancellations:

BlackRock reserves the right to cancel a class for any reason. In the event BlackRock must cancel a class, full refund of tuition is guaranteed. Enroll early, so we have enough registrations to avoid possible cancellation.

Class Credits and Refunds:

Requests for withdrawal from any class must be submitted via email to The request must include the student’s name, payer’s name, address and phone number, class name and reason for withdrawal. If your request is received more than two weeks before the start date of the class, you will receive a refund of the tuition paid, less a $25 processing fee. If notice is received within two weeks of the class start date, a $50 processing fee will be assessed per participant per class. Classes missed by students cannot be rescheduled or refunded. During the first two weeks of class, a prorated refund or tuition credit valid for one year toward a future class or camp program may be issued. No refunds or credits will be made after the second week of class.

Camp and Extended Day Refund Policy:

If your request is received more than two weeks before the start date of any camp or extended day program, you will be given a refund of tuition paid, less a $25 processing fee ($75 for a two-week camp). If notice is received less than two weeks before the start date, a $50 late notification processing fee ($150 for a two-week camp) will be incurred. All cancellation requests must be made in writing to

General Information

Parent/Guardian Supervision:

Parents/guardians are responsible for supervising children in the BlackRock building outside of class time. Instructors and BlackRRock staff are NOT responsible for students before or after scheduled classes. Students are not allowed in any classroom or theater without an instructor present. Children are not permitted in adult classes and adults are not permitted in children’s classes, even as observers, except as otherwise noted.

Late Pick-Up:

Parents may be assessed a $10 late charge if a child is picked up more than 15 minutes after class ends. An additional $1 per minute charge will accrue for any time thereafter. Students who are consistently picked up late may be charged the fee after 5 minutes past the ending time of the class.


BlackRock is not liable for the loss of property or the loss of artwork belonging to the students. Due to limited storage, any artwork left after the session has ended may be discarded by staff.

Inclement Weather Policy:

BlackRock does not follow MCPS school closings and delayed openings. We will provide information on our website and a voice message at 301.528.2260 x1032. Classes canceled because of inclement weather will be made up, when possible.

Make-up Classes and Attendance:

We do NOT offer make-up classes for students who miss class due to sickness, vacation or other circumstances. BlackRock reserves the right to engage a substitute teacher if the advertised instructor is not available.