WSS Washington Studio School Policies 2018

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General Registration

Students may register in-person, over the phone or via email. Payment can be made by credit card (VISA or Mastercard) or by check. As a non-profit organization, WSS appreciates payment by check, which reduces our transaction fees. Students now may also register online using PayPal for any 10-week class or workshop by making their selection under Courses and Programs.

Tuition payment in full must be received at time of class registration to secure your placement in a class. For those registering for multiple classes, please call 202-234-3030 to inquire about a payment plan. Limited funds are available for student scholarships. Please request an application.

Class Make-Up Policy

WSS make-up policy applies only to students who have registered for a 10-week class. There is no make-up session for short classes or workshops. Students can make up a class that they have missed during the 10-week term but only in a similar class offered during the same term. To maintain continuity of instruction and student’s learning, a maximum of 2 substitute classes are allowed. Make-up classes must have with the approval of the instructor for the class in which the student would like to attend. Students should contact WSS administration at admin@washingtonstudioschool.org in advance, and WSS staff will obtain the instructor’s approval and notify the student.

Make-up classes must be completed during the term in which the student is enrolled.

Partial Registration

WSS does not allow students to register for partial classes. Allowing students to join classes for part of a term is disruptive to the instructor’s teaching syllabus and to students in the class.

Refunding Tuition

WSS will only refund tuition under two conditions:

Course Cancellation – If WSS cancels a class at the start of a term or workshop, enrolled students will receive a full refund of the tuition paid.  This will be done by issuing a check or processing a credit card refund, or the student may request to apply the amount as a credit invoice to his or her account.

Student Withdrawal – A $20 administrative fee is applied to all withdrawals from a class, with class refunds applied as follows:

Withdrawal one week before the start of the term – Refund, less $20.
Withdrawal in week 1 – Refund, less $65.
Withdrawal in week 2 – Refund, less $110.
Withdrawal in week 3 – No refund
No refund given for less-than 10-week offerings such as workshops, special classes or marathons.

WSS School Closing Policy

Federal Holidays

Washington Studio School is closed the following holidays: July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

Inclement Weather

When classes need to be cancelled due to inclement weather and treacherous travel conditions, WSS staff and instructors make every attempt to notify students by email or phone. Please make sure your contact information is current. WSS weather closures follow the DC Federal government office closures. Instructors will schedule make-up classes during the term.


For all emergencies while in the building, if in doubt, please call 911 immediately.

Building Systems are Green

The building has been completely renovated using green principles and technology wherever possible. For example, the heating and cooling system is a high efficiency system with room control units set o be used only when the room is in use. The hot water units are installed on each faucet, heating the water only when the water is turned on. The elevator is a non-mechanical elevator that does not require the use of oil.

Be Green

Please RECYCLE, RECYCLE, RECYCLE. Large rectangular open bins for paper products, plastics and glass containers are provided throughout the building – classrooms, student lounge, and in atelier areas. All our students, faculty, staff, atelier members and visitors are asked to “be green” and help WSS comply with the DC recycling program.

OIL PAINTS. Please follow signs posted in the classrooms and guidelines from your instructor for proper cleanup of paint and paint brushes. According to DC regulations, paint residue and cleaning fluids MUST NOT be poured into the sink. Brushes must be cleaned with a rag or paper towel before rinsing. Round metal self-closing trash cans are provided for disposal of these flammable trash items. Use all thinning fluids from a glass container with a lid and seal this product after every session.

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