Enrollment Policies


  • If you prefer to pay with another method, the alternative payment must be received before the first day of the semester.
  • Families are welcome to sign up for an installment payment plan for a fee of $35.
  • Your invoice includes your registration details – class name, day and time.


  • Siblings/ friends who wish to join for a single class must arrange permission with the front office 24 hours in advance and are required to pay a single class fee.
  • Students must be picked up promptly after their class or lesson ends and must be signed out from their class by a parent, guardian or authorized caregiver.
  • Those who arrive late for pickup will automatically be charged a $15/hr late fee for after school care.


  • One make-up class is granted per semester for students enrolled in the full semester.
  • Make-up classes must be requested and approved by the front desk within 24 hours notice.


  • The fall semester runs September 13, 2021 – Jan 30, 2022
  • CSSMA follows the NYC Public School calendar. Holidays and closures are listed below.
  • No make-up classes or refunds will be given in the case of natural disasters, extreme or inclement weather.

Fall semester begins —  Mon, Sept 13
Yom Kippur (closed) — Sundown Sept 15 to Sundown Sept 16 (closed Thurs)
Indigenous People’s Day (closed) — Mon, Oct 11
Election Day (closed) — Tues, Nov 2
Veterans Day (closed) — Thurs, Nov 11
Thanksgiving (closed)– Wed, Nov 24 to Sun, Nov 28
Winter Recess (closed) — Fri Dec 24 to Sunday Jan 2
Fall Classes Resume —  Mon Jan 3
M.L.K. Jr Day (closed) —  Mon, Jan 17
Fall semester ends — Sun, Jan 30



  • Age deadline determined as of September 15th of the academic year.

  • The school year is divided into two 18 week semesters from September-June.

  • Annual registration fee= $60 per student or $85 per family.
  • Classes are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Tuition is prorated for the remainder of the term from the first class taken.

  • Church Street School reserves the right to change the schedule of classes, teachers or cancel classes at any time if needed.

  • Tuition rates account for all major school holidays and academic breaks.

  • Payment is due in full at the time of  registration, or a 25% deposit must be given and a credit card kept on file, with the balance run automatically on the first day of class.

  • Students enrolling on or after the first day of class must pay in full at the time of registration. Any student who has an outstanding balance at the end of the semester will not be allowed to enroll for the following term.

  • Payment plans are available for a fee of $35 and require that a credit card be kept on file, with payments being scheduled automatically on the 10th of each month. Payment plans must be set up before the payment is due in order to avoid late fees.

  • A late fee of $25 will be applied to all late payments. If the balance continues to go unpaid, late fees will continue to be applied on a monthly basis, and the student will be at risk of dismissal.

  • Audits may be scheduled for trial classes or siblings/ friends who would like to attend a class. Prior permission must be granted by the front office and an audit fee must be paid.

  • For each academic year, families must provide up-to-date medical and emergency contact information for each child registered in programs at Church Street School. Forms can be accessed on our website and should be returned to our front office. Please let us know of any changes ASAP.

Withdrawals, Credits & Refunds

Withdrawals, Credits & Refunds

  • Students wishing to withdraw from their current registration at Church Street School must present a written request stating the date and reasons for the withdrawal.

  • Refunds (minus classes taken and the non-refundable registration fee) will be given up to the 4th week after beginning class.  No refunds will be given after the 4th week.

  • Students withdrawing within the first 4 weeks of registration have an opportunity to convert their tuition to an in-house credit toward another class. Credits must be applied before the end of the fiscal year (August 31) in which they are issued.  Credits can be applied toward the current semester, summer classes, prepaid tuition for future semesters, tickets for school events, or converted to a tax deductible donation.
  • Preschool deposits are non-refundable.

  • Please note that no refunds will be given for missed classes.

Absences, Closures & Dismissal Policies

Absences & School Closure

  • Your child must be picked up and signed out from their class promptly at the end of class (if it is a drop-off class). In the event of an emergency, please call the school and let us know what other arrangements will be made.

  • Parents must notify the school if their child will be missing class.

  • One make-up class is granted per semester for student absences in non-instrumental classes. All make-up classes must be arranged with the front office at least 24 hours in advance.

  • One instrumental makeup class per year will be offered at the end of the spring semester for absences for which 24 hours notice was given.

  • Church Street School for Music and Art adheres to the New York City public school calendar and in case of inclement weather will follow school closure guidelines decided by the NYC school board. Church Street School cannot be held accountable for extreme weather or other unforeseen catastrophic events and will not be able to refund tuition for missed classes in the event of related school closures. Please note that per our policy, there are no make-ups for inclement weather days.


  • Students must be picked up promptly after their class or lesson ends and must be signed out from their class by a parent, guardian or authorized caregiver.
  • All parents who arrive late for pickup will automatically be charged a $15/hr late fee for afterschool care.
  • If a child has permission to walk home alone, the school must be notified and given written permission via the “Pick-up Authorization form.”
General Policies

General Policies

  •  Church Street School embraces diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. 
  • By participating in classes or visiting Church Street School, you authorize the school to use photographs, video or other media of you or your child at any time in the future for publicity or marketing purposes. No compensation will be extended for such use.

  • The school reserves the right to exclude, or terminate the enrollment of any student at any time if in the judgment of the school, in its sole discretion, the student has not adjusted to and/or will not benefit from the program of the school; the student’s conduct, or attitude is undesirable according to the school’s mission; or the continued enrollment of the student in the school is or may be detrimental to the well-being of the student, other students or the school for any reason; neither the school nor any of its trustees, officers, or employees shall be liable in any way whatsoever for any such exclusion or termination of enrollment.



New text – In keeping with our mission of accessibility to the arts for all, CSSMA offers financial aid based on demonstrated economic need.  Merit based scholarships are also available annually.  Please contact Toby Wine, tobywine@churchstreetschool.org for more information on how to apply.

COVID Protocols
  • All CSSMA employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19
    before teaching or working in-person unless they have a medical
    exemption. In the case of a medical exemption, CSSMA requires the
    employee to produce a negative COVID test weekly.
  • Everyone age 2 years and up will be required to wear a mask while in the
    school. Masks will be provided if needed.
  • Everyone will be asked to remain at least a 6 foot distance from each
  • Everyone will have their temperature checked upon entering the
    building. No-one will be admitted with a temperature over 100°F.
  • All employees, and renters will be required to sign a COVID-19 safety
    plan agreement.
  • All Program participants will sign a code of conduct agreement acknowledging understanding
    of CSSMA’s new COVID-19 procedures, agreeing to abide by them or risk losing the privilege of
    visiting our facilities, and agreeing not to visit the facility if experiencing any of the outlined
    COVID-19 symptoms (temp over 100° F, cough, chills, shortness of breath, runny nose, new loss
    of taste or smell, muscle pain, sore throat, diarrhea or nausea or vomiting), and agreeing to
    alert us if they or any member of their household tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Only Employees, registered program users and rental clients are allowed in the facility. No
    guests, drop-in users or non-pre-registered customers will be permitted into the facility.

    • Prospective students must be arranged by appointment
    • Vendor deliveries can be left just inside the facility without contact
    • If necessary, parent/caregiver limited to one per program participant for children under age 14 years.