Registration Policies

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Registration Policies

Registration:
All registrations will be processed in the order they are received. Online registrations at www.blackrockcenter.org are confirmed immediately via email. You may also register by phone at 301-528-2260. Registrations will not be accepted for classes after the second meeting. Classes will not be prorated for late registration.

Early Registration Benefit:
Early registration for classes will conclude on March 23, 2015. Standard registration fees begin on March 24, 2015. 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 Plans:
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 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.

Transfers and Refunds:
Requests to transfer between classes must be made in writing using THIS FORM. Please email this form to classes@blackrockcenter.org. Requests for refunds may be made by calling the education department at 301.528.2260 or by emailing classes@blackrockcenter.org. See the table below to see if you qualify for a refund. Refunds may take six to eight weeks for processing. 

 If…  Then…
BlackRock cancels a class Full refund will be given
Student requests refund 2 weeks or more prior to class start date Full refund less $25 processing fee will be given
Student requests refund within 2 weeks before class start date Full refund less $50 processing fee will be given
Student requests refund within the first two weeks of class 50% tuition refund or 100% class credit will be given
Student requests refund after the first two weeks of class No refunds will be given

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.

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. 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 or removed without refund.

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.

Medication:
BlackRock staff, including teachers, counselors, and administrators, will not administer medication.

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. BlackRock has a “Zero Tolerance” policy in regard to physical or verbal abuse, theft, vandalism and the use of any and all illegal substances.

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.

Inclement Weather Policy:
BlackRock does not follow MCPS school closings and delayed openings. BlackRock will provide information on our website (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 decisions 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.

Registration and payment of class fees implies acceptance of ALL policies as stated.