School Policies

Payment for each 16-week semester is expected in full by the beginning of each semester or the first lesson. Tuition for students enrolling after the start of either semester is pro-rated. Returning students can re-register in May and must pay a deposit of $200/per class, lesson or ensemble. A $50 late fee will be charged to any account not paid in full within 30 days of the date of the bill.
Returning students must notify the RSC office to cancel lessons, classes and/or ensembles by August 19 to receive a tuition refund. The $30 registration fee is non-refundable.* If a cancellation is made after August 31, the registration fee and the cost of one lesson, class, or ensemble meeting will be deducted from the refund.

No refunds will be made after the first two weeks of the semester unless there are extenuating circumstances. Students who are not returning for the spring semester must notify the office by December 31.

*In the case of Chamber Music, there is also a $40 non-refundable deposit at the time of the audition or re-audition.

  • Teachers are required to make up one lesson due to a student absence per semester.
  • Cancellations must be made before noon on the day of the lesson. Any additional absences or cancellation notifications made after noon the day of the lesson are not required to be rescheduled and no refunds will be given.
  • Make-up lessons and classes are guaranteed if a teacher is absent, if a lesson or class falls on a legal holiday, or if the school is c­­losed due to inclement weather. If a student cancels or misses an arranged make-up lesson, it will not be rescheduled and no refund will be given.
  • Make-up lessons are not given for student absences from classes or ensembles.
Trial lessons incur the same per-lesson tuition charge as regular lessons. Please see the current tuition rates.

Trial lessons are generally scheduled by the teacher and student and not by the RSC office. Both teachers and students are required to notify the office when a trial lesson has been scheduled in order to insure room availability and proper billing.

The Rivers School Conservatory is closed on national holidays and any other dates published on our calendar and website.

Closings and schedule updates can be found on the RSC website and general voicemail. If The Rivers School closes due to inclement weather, RSC is required to close as well.

Please see the current list of holidays and closings for more information.