Administrative Policies


As a courtesy to the instructors and fellow members, please select your courses with the intention of attending all sessions. Absentee registered students result in underutilized classroom space and missed opportunities for members on the wait list.

Wait List

If you registered online and a class you wanted was full, call or email the office two weeks after registration begins to be added to a wait list. If you registered by mail and a requested course is full, you will be automatically added to a wait list two weeks after registration begins. You will be notified if a space becomes available. Until then you may not attend classes for which you have been waitlisted.

Open Enrollment

A few weeks before courses start, any course that is not fully subscribed can be added to a Regular member’s registration on a first come, first served basis. There is no additional charge and the 15-unit registration limit no longer applies as of the open enrollment date. You can obtain a list of open courses on the website. Open enrollment is accepted by phone (757-221-1506) or by email (

Dropping a Course

If you need to drop a course before it begins, please notify the CWA office so they may contact the first person on the wait list to fill the available seat.


Refunds will not be given after the first day of the semester. If you need a refund before that date, please contact the office.

Name Tags

Online registrants will receive their name tag by email approximately one week before courses begin. Mail registrants will be mailed a confirmation of their course(s) and a name tag. Plastic name tag holders will be available on the first day of your course. Please wear your name tag to all CWA events.


Christopher Wren courses and activities are intended for Christopher Wren members. A member's guest may attend a course or an activity once as long as the course is not fully subscribed. Local guests must be considering joining Christopher Wren. The CWA office must be informed prior to any guest attending.


CWA will cancel courses/activities/events for weather if the Williamsburg/James City County (WJCC) public schools are closed to students. If WJCC Schools are delayed, CWA will continue as scheduled.  A notice will be on the CWA office voice mail (757-221-1506) and on the WJCC web site, but you will not be personally contacted. You will be contacted if courses are cancelled for any other reason.