Registration Policies

Registration

Fall class registration opens to the public on July 28, 2014. Members and students enrolled in conservatory classes are eligible to register on  Monday, July 21. 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 new online class registration system or you can browse the classes  here.

Members/Conservatory Only

Registration Policies

Registration: All registrations will be processed in the order they are received. Online registrations at www.blackrockcenter.org are confirmed immediately.
Registrations may be mailed to:
12901 Town Commons Drive,
Germantown, MD 20874
OR hand delivered: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Monday-Friday. Registrations will not be accepted for classes after the second meeting. Classes will not be prorated for late registration.

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.

Early Registration Benefit: Early registration for fall classes will conclude on September 3, 2014. Standard registration fees begin on September 4, 2014. Workshops are excluded from the early registration benefit.

Conservatory Registrations: The conservatory program is a special set of yearlong classes in dance, music and theater that build skills throughout the academic year (fall, winter and spring sessions).  Students are expected to enroll in all three sessions and can only join the class after the fall session based on permission of the instructor and space availability. Priority registration will be given to current students in the conservatory program for winter and spring sessions during member registration week. Students who are registered in a conservatory class, will be invoiced during the winter and spring priority registration periods. Students whose invoices have not been paid by the last date of priority registration, will be un-enrolled from the class and can register during general registration. All invoices MUST be paid by the due date provided in order to hold your spot in class, otherwise a space is not guaranteed.

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. Early enrollment is advised to reserve a space in each class and to avoid possible cancellation.

Substitutions: BlackRock reserves the right to substitute faculty when necessary. Classes missed by students cannot be rescheduled or refunded.

Payment Information: Full payment must be made at the time of registration by cash, check or credit card. 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. Registration forms must include correct credit card number, expiration date, security code, name on card, authorized signature and authorized amount. Spaces will not be held without payment.

Payment Plan: For education invoices totaling $400 or more for classes and/or camps, a payment plan is available. Applications for payment plans must be made in person at BlackRock and are not available online or over the phone. Payment plans are available using a valid credit card for payment only. 50% of the registration fees plus a $20 payment plan initiation fee are due in full at the time of registration. The remaining fees will be automatically charged by the registration system to the credit card on file prior to the start of the first class. If the credit card charge should fail, payment is due in full prior to the second class or the student will automatically be withdrawn and all payments made to date as part of the payment plan forfeited. Should the student choose to not attend class after registering, all withdrawal policies and fees remain in effect.

Class Credits and Refunds: Requests for withdrawal from any class must be submitted in writing to BlackRock Center for the Arts or emailed to classes@blackrockcenter.org. The request must include the student’s name, payer’s name, address and phone number, class registered for 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 or credit of the tuition paid less a $25 processing fee per participant per class. 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. Refunds may take six to eight weeks for processing.

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, minus the processing fee. No refunds or credits will be made after the second week of class.

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 that is included in your tuition; see specific classes for details. 

Costume Fee: Students enrolled in the conservatory program for dance must pay a $52 costume fee as part of their winter registration. This fee is included in the winter tuition. Costume fees are non-refundable.

Discounts: A $15 discount on all classes is available for BlackRock members at the Family Fan contribution level of $125 or above. For further information about membership, please contact our Development Director at 240.912.1056. Workshops are excluded from the membership discount.

Parent/Guardian Supervision: An adult should supervise children (students and siblings) when he/she is not in class. Neither the instructor nor any staff is responsible for students prior to or after class times in which the child is enrolled. Students will not be allowed in any classroom or performance space without an instructor present. Children are not permitted in adult classes and adults are not permitted in children’s classes, even as observers, unless otherwise noted. Anyone behaving inappropriately in the facility will be asked to leave.

Zero Tolerance: In order to provide students with a safe and supportive environment, BlackRock maintains a strict ”Zero Tolerance” policy in regard to physical or verbal abuse, theft, vandalism and the use of any and all illegal substances. Any student found in violation of this policy will be asked to leave the class, workshop, camp and no refunds will be issued.

Attendance/Make-Ups: BlackRock does not guarantee that class meetings cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control (i.e. weather, power outages) will be made up, no refunds will be issued. The class semester is structured on regular attendance. Absences are discouraged, except in the case of sickness or family emergencies.  We do not offer make-up classes for students who miss class due to personal circumstances.

Late Pick-Up: Parents may be assessed a $10 late charge if a child is picked up more than 15 minutes after class/camp 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 five minutes past the ending time of the class.

Liability: 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 the staff.

Medications: BlackRock staff, including teachers, counselors, and administrators, will not administer medications.

Student Conduct: As a professional arts center, BlackRock is committed to providing quality programming for all who wish to participate and does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, ethnic or national group, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. BlackRock requires all students and visitors to treat others in a respectful manner and reserve the right to take appropriate action in support of this policy. BlackRock also reserves the right to ask any student to leave or withdraw if he or she is disruptive to the class or interferes with the safety of others. In this case, there will be no refund.

Photography Release:
BlackRock reserves the right to use photographs and video, taken in class or at the Center, of students, participants and/or their artwork for the purposes of instruction and/or advertising and promotion of BlackRock and its programs. Parents of minor children or any adult students who do not agree to comply with this policy should notify the Director of Education, in writing, when they register.

Inclement Weather Policy:
BlackRock does NOT follow
MCPS school closings and delayed openings. BlackRock will provide information on our website
(www.blackrockcenter.org), Facebook page, and via a voice message at 301.528.2260 x1032. Class meetings canceled because of inclement weather will be made up when possible, but are not guaranteed. There will be no refunds for missed classes due to inclement weather or other closings. Afternoon and evening cancellation decision will be
made by noon.

Health & Safety: While BlackRock Center for the Arts and its instructors make every effort to provide a safe learning environment, there is always the risk of an accident. Students and their family will be responsible for any medical or other costs incurred resulting from illness and/or claims or damages arising out of personal injury of any kind. In the event of any medical emergency, BlackRock Center for the Arts is authorized to administer first aid and /or to seek emergency medical treatment.

Submission of a registration form and payment of class fees implies acceptance of ALL policies as stated.