Hamden Adult Education programs are open to all residents who are over 16 years of age. Non-residents are welcome to participate in the enrichment program.

Tuition and Fees

Persons enrolled in Pre-GED/Basic Skills, ESL, GED, American Citizenship and High School Diploma Programs are exempt from tuition. Residents enrolled in enrichment courses must pay the designated fee by check, money order or credit card.

Books and Materials

Books and materials for all classes requiring same will be acquired by students at their own expense. If supplies are to be purchased prior to class, we recommend you confirm your class before purchasing supplies.

Class Cancellations

Any class may be cancelled for insufficient enrollment or for any other reason beyond the control of the Adult Education Director.

Storm Day Policy

Adult Education classes are automatically cancelled if Hamden Public Schools are closed during the day. If the weather deteriorates during a scheduled school day necessitating canceling evening classes, an announcement will be made on Channels 3, 30 and 8 prior to 6:30 pm. If school is delayed, classes at our learning lab at the Keefe Community Center begin at their scheduled time. Check website: www.hamdenadulted.org.


  • If Hamden Adult Education cancels a course all tuition will be refunded.
  • Tuition credit minus a $15 processing fee will be issued if a written refund request is received one week prior to the class starting.
  • No credit thereafter.
  • Bus trips refunds must be requested as noted under each trip description.
  • All refunds for credit card transactions processed over 90 days past the original transactions will be in the form of a credit voucher or check.

No Smoking

Hamden Public School buildings and grounds are SMOKE FREE. Board Policy P-1331 adopted 11-12-97.

Gift Certificates

Certificates may be purchased at the Adult Education Office or through our site.

Persons with Disabilities

Anyone who needs assistance to gain access to classrooms, special GED test accommodations or any other accommodations for effective communication should contact LuAnn Gallicchio, Hamden Adult Education (407.2028) prior to the event so the necessary accommodations may be provided.  The adult education program is committed to making all course offerings accessible, and upon request, this brochure is also available in alternative formats. Questions, concerns or complaints concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991 should be directed to Gary Highsmith, HR Director at 203-407.2059.

Non-Discrimination/Equal Employment Equal Education Opportunity

In compliance with regulations of the Office of Civil Rights and with Equal Opportunity practices as determined by state and with federal legislation, the Hamden Board of Education, as a matter of policy, does not knowingly condone discrimination in employment, assignment, program, or services, on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or related abilities to perform the duties of the position. For further information contact Gary Highsmith, HR Director at 203-407.2059.

Senior Citizens

Adults 62 years and older are entitled to a 20% discount on all courses except single session classes, bus trips and other classes noted.

Sexual Harrassment

The Board of Education prohibits sexual harassment or intimidation of its students and employees. Any student or employee who believes he or she has been the subject of discrimination/sexual harassment should contact the district’s Equity/Title IX Coordinator, at 203-407.2059.

Returned Check Policy

Participants will be charged $25 for each check returned by the bank.