Hours, Directions, and Parking
How to Register
Withdrawals, Transfers, Credits, and Refunds
Mission and History
Who We Are
HOURS, DIRECTIONS, AND PARKING
BCAE administrative offices are open Monday through Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. The Student Services office is open Monday through Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. The BCAE is open on nights and weekends only when classes are in session.
Note: For directions to off-site classes, please check the course description on the website. Some classes may be held at 151 Commonwealth Avenue, near the corner of Dartmouth Street and Commonwealth Ave. The closest T stop is Copley.
: Take the Green Line to Arlington Street station. Exit onto Arlington Street, keeping the Public Garden behind you and walk approximately 3 blocks, toward the Park Plaza Hotel. 122 Arlington Street is on the left, across the street from Smith & Wollensky in the Castle.
: Take the Orange Line to Back Bay station. Exit station and head South on Dartmouth Street toward Columbus Avenue. After crossing the intersections of Clarendon and Berkley Streets, take a right onto Isabella Street. The BCAE is across the street at the intersection of Isabella and Arlington Streets.
Please see “Trip Planner” at MBTA.com
for bus routes and further directions by T.
Google Map it!
From the north/south
: Take Route 93 to Storrow Drive. Take the second exit, labeled Back Bay/Copley Square. At the traffic light, take a left onto Beacon Street and an immediate right onto Arlington Street.
From the west
: Take the Mass. Turnpike to the Prudential/Copley Square exit. Stay in the right lane and at the traffic light turn left onto Dartmouth Street. At the second traffic light, take a right onto Boylston Street. Go to the fourth traffic light, and take a left onto Charles Street. At the corner turn left onto Beacon Street, then take a left onto Arlington Street. (You will have circled around the Public Gardens.)
Note to GPS users: please be sure to select 122 Arlington Street, Boston, 02116 as your destination.
The BCAE offers our students discounted parking passes for use at the Boston Common Garage
, located on Charles Street, between the Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden. Discounted parking costs are $9.00 for Non-Members
, and $7.00 for BCAE Members and instructors
. Parking passes are available for purchase by registered BCAE students only and are available at the Student Services desk. You may park at the garage before arriving at the BCAE and use the discounted pass purchased at the Center as your payment stub when exiting the garage.
Please note: Discounted parking passes are ONLY valid Monday – Friday 4:00 pm to 8:00 am the following day; all day Saturday and Sunday.
Street parking in the Bay Village and South End area is strictly reserved for Boston resident permit parking holders. There are limited metered spaces available on surrounding streets closer to the Boston Common, and Copley Square. There are two paid parking lots located next to the BCAE on Arlington Street. Prices vary from $12-$25 (subject to change without notice) and space is limited. There are also numerous paid lots and garages in the surrounding area. Find nearby parking online here: BCAE Parking Info
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HOW TO REGISTER
- Online: Browse our class catalog, read detailed class descriptions and teacher bios, and register online!
- Telephone: Call our Student Services Office at 617-267-4430 Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST.
- In Person: Visit us at 122 Arlington Street! Check our hours before you plan your visit.
Full payment is due upon registration by cash, check, or credit card.
Students enrolling must be at least 18 years of age. There are no exceptions. We apologize for any inconvenience.
In the instance that the class catalog and the website list conflicting information about a class, please make note that the website contains the most up to date and accurate information.
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TRANSFERS, WITHDRAWALS, CREDITS, AND REFUNDS
Prices are subject to change. In the event of a discrepancy between the printed and online versions of our catalog, information shown online will be considered correct. The BCAE reserves the right to cancel classes, change times or locations, and change instructors when necessary. Refunds will not be issued due to class location changes or if we change an instructor. Off-site classes are non-refundable and no discounts or transfers apply. Classes listed in the description as saying “no discounts, transfers, or credits apply” will not be refunded nor will a transfer or credit voucher be issued.
All transfer, withdrawal, credit, and refund requests must be made in person or by phone (617-267-4430) through our Student Services office during its regular business hours
: Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm. Requests made outside these hours, including weekends and holidays, will not be accepted or processed.
On occasion we may have to cancel classes due to low enrollment or other circumstances. In the event we cancel your class, you may transfer into the next session or into any other class, space permitting, or receive a full credit or refund of the tuition, materials, and registration fees paid. If you transfer into a class that’s more expensive than the cancelled one, you’ll be responsible for any difference in tuition or fees. If your new class is less expensive, you may request a credit or refund of the difference.
In the event of inclement weather, the BCAE will publicize its intent to cancel classes on WCVB-TV (Channel 5), WBZ-TV (Channel 4), WHDH-TV (Channel 7), and WRKO (680 AM). We will make every effort to update our automated phone message and website with that information as soon as possible. If the BCAE must cancel your class due to inclement weather we will do our best to reschedule that class; if it is not possible to schedule a make-up date, we will provide students enrolled in a multi-session class with a prorated credit or refund for the missed session, or we will provide a full credit or refund to students enrolled in a single-session class. Please note that the BCAE will be open and classes will run as scheduled unless otherwise indicated and no credits or refunds are available to students if they do not attend.
We permit transfers from one class to another, but only if there is still space available in the new class, if both classes occur during the same term, and if you request the transfer at least five (5) business days before the first session of the class for which you’ve already registered.
You will be responsible for any difference in tuition or materials fees if the new class is more expensive than the one from which you’re transferring; if your new class is less expensive, we’ll apply the difference as a credit towards your future registrations. Transfers are non-refundable, and no transfers are allowed for off-site classes.
ESL and Foreign Language students may request to transfer into another proficiency level of the same language, but only if there is space available in the new class, if both classes occur during the same term, and you request the transfer no later than one (1) business day after the first session of the class
for which you’ve already registered. Students are responsible for any difference in tuition and materials fees. Any required textbooks are not refundable.
If you withdraw from a class at least five (5) business days before the first session
, you may be eligible for a full credit or refund for the tuition and materials fee you have paid for the class. If you withdraw from a class less than five (5) business days before the first session
, you may be eligible for a partial credit or refund, as follows:
- 4 business days prior: a credit or refund of 50% of the tuition cost, minus a $10 service fee
- 3 business days prior: a credit or refund of 50% of the tuition cost, minus a $20 service fee
- 2 business days prior: a credit or refund of 50% of the tuition cost, minus a $20 service fee and any materials fees paid
- 1 business day prior and under: no credit or refund
No credit or refund is given for partial attendance of a class, nor do we offer make-up sessions due to non-attendance of a class. Please note that off-site classes are non-refundable, as are classes for which our catalog says, “no discounts, transfers, or credits apply.”
The $7 per person per term Registration Fee is not refundable.
To determine if a class is suitable for you, please refer to the online class description prior to registration.
CREDITS & REFUNDS
A credit will be issued (when applicable) unless you request a refund by check or credit card. Refunds will be issued by check unless you request a refund to your credit card within two (2) business days of your class’s cancellation. Please allow 4-6 weeks for check refunds to be processed. Credits are valid for 1 year from the date of issue and are not transferrable.
GIFT CERTIFICATES, COUPONS, & MEMBERSHIPS
Gift certificates and coupons are non-refundable, even if lost or stolen, and cannot be redeemed for cash. BCAE Memberships are not refundable.
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If you are interested in volunteering at the BCAE, please contact Student Services at 617-267-4430 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. Positions vary from administrative to marketing.
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As a private non-profit educational institution we reserve the right to deny admission to any student or remove students from any course.
The BCAE exercises great care when selecting instructors. We make no guarantees, expressed or implied, that classroom instruction will result in specific gain. We cannot be held responsible for any loss, material or otherwise, incurred while following an instructor’s directions. The BCAE is not responsible for any personal property left in our buildings. Students take courses at their own risk. Neither the BCAE nor any of its teachers are liable for any injury you may sustain.
The BCAE welcomes those eighteen and over of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, ethnic origin or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Center. Some of our courses may be offered in an environment that may be treacherous or present conditions we may not be able to change or, for participants who are disabled, that may not be within our control.
By visiting www.bcae.org
We protect the security of your information by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), encryption, and digital certificates.
We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us. For example, like many Web sites, we use "cookies," and we obtain certain types of information when your Web browser accesses www.bcae.org
. We use the information that you provide for such purposes as responding to your requests and future improvements to our Web site. We never share personal information about you with any other organization for any reason. You can choose not to provide certain information, but then you might not be able to take advantage of many of our features.
CONDITIONS OF USE
If you choose to visit www.bcae.org
, your visit and any dispute over privacy is subject to this Notice and our Conditions of Use, including limitations on damages, arbitration of disputes, and application of the law of the state of Massachusetts. If you have any concern about privacy at www.bcae.org
, please send us a thorough description
, and we will try to resolve it.
Our business changes constantly, and our Privacy Notice and the Conditions of Use will change also. You should check our Web site frequently to see recent changes. Unless stated otherwise, our current Privacy Notice applies to all information that we have about you and your account.
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HISTORY AND MISSION
HISTORY OF THE BCAE
Founded in 1933, the Boston Center for Adult Education is the oldest, nonprofit adult education center in New England. Its founder, Miss Dorothy Hewitt, envisioned a place where "small groups of men and women would meet together in living room settings to learn, discuss, and create for the sheer pleasure of doing so."
Until March 2009, most BCAE classes were held in the historic Gamble Mansion at 5 Commonwealth Avenue. Built in 1904, the mansion was the home of Mr. And Mrs. Walter Baylies and their six children until 1936. The opulent Louis XV style ballroom was built for Charlotte Baylies's 16th birthday. In 1941, the building was purchased by the BCAE. In 2007 the building was sold to a private buyer, and the BCAE was able to renovate a second property at 122 Arlington Street, which is where most of its classes and administrative offices currently reside.
Throughout its history, the BCAE has remained responsive to the demands of a diverse community, as well as to the evolving demands of the individual. Whether serving as a site for volunteer wartime efforts in the 1940s, a haven for social policy debate in the 1960s, or a resource for personal and professional growth as one navigates through the new millennium, the BCAE meets the challenges of a thriving urban community.
MISSION OF THE BCAE
The Boston Center for Adult Education seeks to provide educational opportunities for adults that foster personal and professional development, enhance a sense of community, and encourage social responsibility. In pursuit of these goals, the BCAE:
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- Offers courses and programs responsive to adults' emerging needs;
- Foster cross-cultural understanding through courses, collaborations, and other outreach efforts;
- Provides access to information and ideas that help create an enlightened and involved citizenry;
- Enlists the support of well-qualified leaders, staff, and volunteers who share our mission; and,
- Offers attractive, accessible facilities, appropriate for learning and sharing ideas as a low-cost alternative to other educational programs so as to merit the continuing respect, cooperation, and support of Boston's educational, philanthropic, corporate, and neighborhood communities.
WHO WE ARE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sharon Cohen, Board Chairman
Jill Silverstein, Vice Chairman
Joe Beauchaine, Treasurer
Kitty Winter, Secretary
Nancy Morrisroe, Assistant Secretary
Jordan S. Ruboy
Susan B. Brown
Mark Mitchell, Controller
Jamie Christo, Marketing Manager
Becky Brackett, Marketing Associate
Andrew Castronovo, Program Manager
Erin Kilmer, Program Manager
Ashley Valentini, Program Manager
Sabrina Rossi Vigue, Functions Manager
Susanne Enos, Registration and Student Services Manager
Mackenzie Carroll, Registration and Student Services Representative
Kadil Lopez, Senior Operations Associate
To find out more about our instructors, click on an instructor name in a class description, or check out our class catalog for featured instructor spotlights!
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