Brewster Community Learning Center
In Brewster, our schools are the center of community life operating not only to educate young people by preparing them for life, work and future learning, they are also places for the community to participate in afternoon, evening and summer programs for children and adults. The Brewster Board of Education acknowledged this through the creation of the Brewster Community Learning Center, which offered its first course on April 3, 2017. Here are a few facts that support why the development of this program was approved:
- Community education programs have been around since the 1960s to serve the evolving needs of residents.
- The average age of a resident in Brewster is approximately 41.1. This group is active and interested in ongoing learning.
- According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the life expectancy for females is 83.6 and for males 78.8. Over the last decade, this number has steadily increased.
- As people live longer, they want to pursue personal and professional interests well after retirement.
- According to the most recent census data, about 60% of our homeowners either no longer have children who attend our schools or their children attend private schools.
The purpose of the Brewster Community Learning Center is to provide twelve month learning and exploration opportunities for adults and children in the school district. Our goal is to eventually become self-sufficient thus minimally impacting the general budget. Courses will be offered in one or several of the school buildings. Residents will be able to register for courses in a number of areas of interest ranging from fitness and wellness classes to digital learning. Course takers may register in person at the District administrative building, online and by using a paper form that can be mailed or dropped off at the district office.
We are excited to share our first selection of courses offered through the Brewster Community Learning Center. The courses that are highlighted within the course listing are being offered.
- A 30% discount will be offered to residents who are 60 years or older. Please pick up a Silver Bear discount card from Ms. Susan Gavin, Secretary to the Superintendent and District Clerk, between the hours of 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Monday-Friday in the administrative building at 30 Farm to Market Road. Proof of eligibility is required.
- A 10% discount will be offered to employees of the Brewster Central School District. Please show your identification badge when registering.
- No discounts are available on courses for children.
- A resident and non-resident course fee will apply. Proof of residency is needed to obtain the resident course fee.
- If paying by check, registration is available by mail. If paying by cash, we suggest that you visit the administrative building at 30 Farm to Market Road between the hours of 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
- The MySchoolBucks online system will be available for the next round of courses.
- After the courses start, no walk-ins are permitted.
- The course fee is non-refundable, but a credit will be issued to apply to another course.
- A minimum of ten course takers is needed to run a course except for where indicated.
- After a course has reached its maximum enrollment, a wait list will be maintained.
- When the school district is closed for holidays or inclement weather, the Brewster Community Learning Center is also closed.