About Us/FAQ

What is the Scarsdale Adult School?
Who can attend the Scarsdale Adult School?
How is the School run?
How do I register for a class?

How can I suggest a course?
When are the classes held?
Where do classes meet?
Who are the faculty members?
How can I become a faculty member?
What is the refund and cancellation policy?
Are classes canceled in bad weather?
How do I get to the various locations of the School?

How do I contact the Scarsdale Adult School?
How can I become a volunteer?
 



What is the Scarsdale Adult School?

The Scarsdale Adult School is a continuing education program that offers an enrichment curriculum for lifelong learning. All adults are welcome, regardless of where they live. Day and evening courses are offered throughout the year. There is a wide choice of intellectually stimulating, recreational, and skill-enhancing courses and lectures. Subjects range from literature, history, and music, to computer use, crafts, fitness, cooking, dancing, and bridge.

Established in 1938, the School is an independent, not-for-profit organization chartered by the New York State Board of Regents.

The Scarsdale Adult School is supported solely by course fees and tax deductible gifts
 

Who can attend the Scarsdale Adult School?

The School is open to all adults, regardless of where they live. Students are admitted without regard to race, gender, handicap, and ethnic origin. Every effort will be made to accommodate the handicapped. Please let us know if you have any special needs.

Those who have not received a catalog in the mail may request one online or by calling (914) 723-2325. Many courses have limited enrollment and fill up immediately.

 

How is the School run?

The School is administered by an Executive Director and professional staff:

  • Executive Director: Jill Raizen Serling
  • Registrar: Andi Goldstein & Debra Zitrin
  • Publicity: Diane Baylor
  • Development: Margarita Meyer
  • Site Coordinator: Melissa Hellman
 

The Board of Trustees of the Adult School sets policy and assures the organization's financial health.

An Advisory Committee, made up of members of the community, meets bi-annually to suggest curriculum content.
 

How do I register for a class?

Our course offerings appear online by category. When you find something that interests you, you have the following options for registering:

ONLINE: You can register online immediately and pay by credit/debit card. To register online, please follow the following step-by-step instructions: 

  1. Browse Courses for options or enter course name in search
    *** Remember, you must have a username and passcode to register. You can create this by clicking on sign in and create user profile. If you have a username and passcode but have forgotten them, please call the office at 914-723-2325.
  2. Click on course of interest (clicking on the blue class name will give you more detailed information)
  3. Click  Add to My Shopping Cart at the top of the page. (** You will be prompted to sign in if you haven’t already. If you are a new student you will need to click Create Student Profile to create your personal account before proceeding.)
  4. Select additional courses if desired
  5. To checkout, click on "checkout" in upper right hand corner of screen in shopping cart box
  6. Check refund policy box (to indicate that you understand these terms)
  7. Click on "checkout" at the bottom
  8. Enter credit card information and click submit
  9. Print your receipt and course confirmation

 

BY MAIL: You can fill out a registration form which can be found on the inside back cover of our catalog and mail it, along with a check or money order made payable to "Scarsdale Adult School" to: 

Scarsdale Adult School
P.O. Box 205
Scarsdale, N.Y. 10583

Download Registration Form

 

IN PERSON: Registration in person at the beginning of the first meeting of a class is available only if the course is not fully subscribed or previously canceled.  We suggest you call the school if you plan to register at the door. 

Some courses fill up quickly. Occasionally, a course is canceled due to low registration, so early registration is appreciated. If you register by mail, you will receive notification if the course for which you have signed up is full. We cannot reserve a space in a class unless we receive full payment.

Some courses have several sections; please use name and number (including section number, date and time) to identify each course if registering by mail. This information is recorded automatically when registering online.

For additional questions regarding registration, please e-mail the School's Registrar at


registrar@scarsdaleadultschool.org
 

How can I suggest a course?

Suggestions for courses and lectures are always welcome! All it takes is a phone call or a note.

You can call us at (914) 723-2325, e-mail director@scarsdaleadultschool.org, or write:

Scarsdale Adult School
P.O. Box 205
Scarsdale, NY 10583

 

When are the classes held?

Classes are held throughout the year, in a daytime and an evening curriculum. In each season, students can choose from a multitude of classes, seminars, lectures, and workshops. Some classes meet for several weeks, others only once. 

The Spring/Summer 2015 program begins in early March. Courses and single lectures have varying start dates throughout term.

There is no school at any site on 4/3-4/10, 5/25 and 7/4. Additionally, individual classes have scheduled days off; please refer to specific listings.
 

Where do classes meet?

Classes are held at convient locations in lower Westchester.  Please DO NOT call any of these locations for information. All questions should be directed to the Scarsdale Adult School office number, (914) 723-2325, or e-mailed to registrar@scarsdaleadultschool.org.

Directions to each location can be found in the class listings. Click on the class location and a box will appear with the directions to the site. 

 

Who are the faculty members?

Outstanding teachers in all fields teach at the School. Every effort is made to find the best possible teachers for each course. Many teachers are on the faculties of nearby colleges and universities. Some are Westchester residents. While every effort is made to engage responsible teachers, the School assumes no responsibility for course content.
 

How can I become a faculty member?

We are continually searching for talented and engaging individuals to teach classes. If you are interested in joining our faculty, please submit a proposal using the teaching link on our site, or mail a course proposal, using the downloadable form to:

Scarsdale Adult School – Executive Director
PO Box 205
Scarsdale, NY 10583

 

What is the refund and cancellation policy?

In the event your course is filled or cancelled, we will refund your tuition. Students may request a refund at least 7 BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS MEETING; but please note a $15 processing fee will be deducted from the refund.

No refunds will be granted, for any reason at any other time. Students assume full responsibility for choosing the appropriate course level.

If you are not sure which course level is suitable for you, contact us by phone (914 723-2325) or email (registrar@scarsdaleadultschool.org).

Transferring to another class entails a cancellation and a $15 processing fee will be charged. No discounts will be given for missed classes.

There are no partial refunds or credits for any reason.

 

Are classes canceled in bad weather?

There are no classes when the Scarsdale public schools are closed. For updates on closings please visit our website or call (914) 723-2325. We will reschedule canceled classes. Please fill in your e-mail address and cell phone number on the registration form so that we may contact you in case of an emergency closing (other than bad weather).
 

How do I get to the various locations of the School?

In the class listing, please click on the location of the site where you class is to be held. A box will appear with directions to the site. If you need further clarification, please call the Adult School office at (914) 723-2325 or e-mail registrar@scarsdaleadultschool.org.

How do I contact the Scarsdale Adult School?

Click on the contact us button located in the banner above
 

How can I become a volunteer?

Newcomers are always welcome -- a phone call or a note is all it takes.

You can call us at (914) 723-2325, e-mail registrar@scarsdaleadultschool.org, or write:

Scarsdale Adult School
P.O. Box 205
Scarsdale, NY 10583

* The Scarsdale Adult School does not assume any responsibility, either expressed or implied, for damage to or loss of personal property or injury on the premises or off-site. The Scarsdale Adult School is not responsible for any advice or consultation given within or beyond the classroom setting and course curriculum material. The School reserves the right to cancel courses that are under-enrolled, to change times and locations where necessary, and to substitute instructors. The Scarsdale Adult School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, handicap, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies.