FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

  • Are accommodations available for participants with disabilities?

    If you are attending an adult class and need a sign language interpreter, note taker or other accommodations to participate in Community Education classes, call Learning Exchange at 952-681-6121 or email jclarke@isd271.org. For youth and other classes, call 612-243-3000. Advance notice of 10 days is requested.

  • Are gift certificates available for community education courses?

    Yes! Give the gift of experience! Gift certificates are available for any of our courses in any amount you choose. Search ‘Gift Certificate’ on our website for purchase. Otherwise, stop by our office or call 612-243-3000 for assistance. Once purchased, your gift certificate will be sent by mail within seven business days. If you need to receive it sooner, please contact the Community Education office. 

  • Are there any financial assistance or scholarship options available?

    Members of UCare eligible plans can receive $15 off their Community Education class up to three times a year. The UCare ID number must be provided when registering.

    Qualification for free or reduced educational benefits does affect the amount due for youth community education classes. However, the Richfield R.E.A.D.Y. Scholarship program is available.

  • Can I join a waitlist if a class is already full?

    If you are interested in a course that is full, please join the waitlist! We monitor class sizes and waitlists regularly. If there is an active waitlist, we do what we can to try to accommodate more students as much as possible. 

  • Can I pay at the door?

    No registration or payment is accepted at the door unless specified in the course description. Factors include space and safety considerations, supplies, staff ratio, and others.

  • Do I need to bring supplies for my Community Education class?

    If needed, class supply lists are posted on our website in the course description. Alternately, you may contact our office for inquiries on supply needs. We recommend you wait to purchase supplies until 5 business days prior to the start of this class to ensure the class will be held. 

  • Do you have information or staff assistance available in alternate languages?

    Our outreach staff are happy to assist in Spanish, English or Somali. For other languages, we have interpretive services to assist in customer service. Some of our adult classes are offered bilingually in English & Spanish. This will be indicated in the course description. 

  • Do you offer courses in defensive driving courses?

    You are likely looking for the Richfield Community Center. They can be contacted at 612-861-9395 or at this website. Though our office of Community Education often partners with the Richfield Recreation Services, we are not the same entity.

  • How do I know if I successfully registered for a class?

    If you included an email address when you submitted your registration, you will receive a confirmation email at the time of registration. If you do not have or did not submit an email address, a confirmation will not be sent; assume you are in class. 

  • How do I make a request or give more feedback? How can I get more involved?

    We are always seeking community input and involvement. If you would like to see a topic covered in a course, please let us know by email, phone or in person. Written feedback forms are collected at the conclusion of each class.

    Looking to get more involved? We would love to talk with you about joining the Richfield Community Education Advisory Council! Click here for the application. You may also call 612-243-3000 or email communityeducation@rpsmn.org for more information. 

  • How do I register for PICA Head Start?

    The Central Education Center rents space to the PICA Head Start program. However, their registration and administration is still done through the PICA Head Start program. For more information, visit picaheadstart.org or call 612-871-7422.

  • How is it decided what classes are offered?

    Our team of coordinators and directors determine programs and priorities based on community interest, balance of course offerings, School Board goals, budgets, scheduling and availability of instructors. 

  • How will my child get from their regular school classroom to their after school programming?

    Students should meet at the designated classroom area immediately after school. Please send a reminder note to your child’s teacher indicated which days your child will be attending after school classes. Teachers will dismiss students in after school programming to the indicated classroom. Students should be picked up at the classroom immediately after the class ends. If the class is at a different school location, parents/guardians are responsible for making appropriate accommodations. 

  • I do not live in Richfield School District. Am I able to enroll?

    All our community education classes are open to anyone from anywhere within age limits, except when otherwise noted in the course or program description. The minimum age for attending adult classes is 16 years. Youth and early learning courses will have age ranges indicated in the course listings. 

  • I forgot the scheduling details of my class. Where can I find it?

    The online course listing will show the course description, time, location and instructor. Use the search field at richfield.ce.eleyo.com to find your course listing. If you have an email address on file, you would also receive a confirmation email at the time of registration that shows the course information. 

  • Weather Concerns?

    Decisions for cancellations due to weather generally follow Richfield Public Schools guidelines and will be posted on www.richfieldschools.org or on facebook @RPSCommunityEd and @RPS280.

  • What if I can’t come to class? Can I get a refund?

    Customer initiated cancellations received within 5 or more business days prior to the start of the class will qualify for a refund minus a non-refundable $10 processing fee. Cancellations made less than 5 business days prior to the start date of the activity/class will not be eligible for a refund. Community Education reserves the right to cancel any activity/class that does not meet minimum enrollment. You will be contacted and complete refunds will be given when this occurs.

  • What is the Community Education Tax ID Number?

    Tax ID Number: 41-6001404

  • When and how do I register/pay for class?

    We encourage registering early! Classes must meet a minimum number of enrollments to be held, and some classes also fill quickly. If a class is already full, please join the waitlist for possible openings. We make decisions to hold each class based on enrollment approximately one week prior to the class start date. Community Education reserves the right to cancel any activity/class that does not meet minimum enrollment. You will be contacted and complete refunds will be given when this occurs.

    Registration can be completed online at www.richfield.ce.eleyo.com, at our office at 7145 Harriet Ave S, Richfield, MN 55423 or by phone at 612-243-3000.

  • Where is your office located?

    Central Education Center, 7145 Harriet Ave S, Richfield, MN 55423.

    Enter Door 5 for our office and programs. 

  • Who can teach a class?

    Teaching licenses are not required! Interested in teaching a class? Contact our office and we will be happy to discuss your ideas and potentially have your class in our next catalog! Call 612-243-3000 or email communityeducation@rpsmn.org

  • Why can’t I find registration for athletic recreation leagues?

    Most athletic programs are offered through community organizations or the City of Richfield. They can be contacted at 612-861-9395 or at this website. Though our office of Community Education often partners with the Richfield Recreation Services, we are not the same entity.

  • Why did my class get cancelled?

    Each class has a minimum number of enrollments required in order to offer the class. Cancellation decisions are made approximately 1 week prior to the start of each class. We encourage early registration to avoid class cancellation. 

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