Course Catalog
Course Registration
Registration Policy & Procedures
Inclement Weather & Other Closings
Visitor Policy
Class Aides Info
Course Materials
Classroom Locations  Maps, parking, public transportation

“Encore Learning provides classes of interest and learning that would be difficult to find otherwise. The community is vibrant and interesting as are the various programs and classes offered.” — Ninette Reis

Encore Learning offers a wide variety academic college-level courses to members. Course subjects include Social Sciences, History, Arts and Humanities, Law, Politics and Public Affairs to Science and Engineering or Health and Wellness.  instructor06Each course costs $55. You must be a member to register for a course. The annual membership fee is $65 and is nonrefundable.

Courses are convenient

  • All classes are held at Arlington locations.
  • Weekly class sessions are generally 1½ hours between 10:00 am and 3:30 pm, Mondays through Fridays.
  • Courses run 4 to 10 weeks, as determined by the instructor.
  • Enrollment must meet a minimum of eight students. Maximum enrollment is determined by the instructor or the room size.
  • A typical course has 20 to 30 students. Smaller seminars and large classes are offered each semester.

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Course Catalog

The Encore Learning Course Catalog is printed and mailed to members before each Spring and Fall term.

Course Catalog  PDF of our most current printed catalog.

View Course Listings

Non-members may obtain a copy of our catalog at most Arlington public libraries and senior centers. You must be a member to register for a course.

Not yet a member but want to learn more? Join our email list!

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course Registration

Course registration begins approximately one month before classes begin.  You must be a member to register for a course.

Register online. It’s fast, convenient and secure.  You receive instant confirmation of your registration.

Registration Policy and Procedures

Our Registration Policy and Procedures web page includes detailed information on course registration, notification of registration, refunds and transfers, plus course cancellation. You must be a member to register for a course.

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Cancellation policies for inclement weather or civil emergencies vary from classroom site to site. In general, classes scheduled to begin after delayed openings will take place as scheduled. Your class aide can provide further information at the outset of each course. To learn the most up-to-date information:

  • Listen to the radio or watch television
  • View Arlington Cable
  • For classes at George Mason University Founders Hall, call the university at 703-993-1000 or visit
  • For classes in Arlington Public School facilities, call APS toll-free hotline at 1-866-322-4277 or visit

Other rare cancellations or postponement, such as instructor difficulties, are announced by email (and telephone if necessary) in advance of the class whenever possible.

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Encore Learning’s visitor policy is designed to attract new members. Anyone who meets Encore Learning’s membership requirements may be allowed to attend a single course session if he/she has never been a member of Encore Learning, and the request to attend a specific session is approved in advance by the Encore Learning Administrator ( Criteria include agreement from the instructor and space availability (i.e., no visitors are allowed in courses that have met their maximum enrollment).

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Class Aides

Do your part as a member.  Volunteer to be a Class Aide when you register for a class!

What does a Class Aide do?

  • Serves as interface between instructors, class attendees and Encore Learning staff.
  • Takes attendance and distributes/collects evaluations.
  • Sets up, with assistance if needed, any audiovisual equipment needed by instructor.
  • Communicates with the class in the event of schedule changes.

What benefits will I have?classaide04

  • Get free parking while attending the class.
  • Get to know the instructor and your classmates.
  • Get to be an integral part of Encore Learning.

Questions about Class Aides?

Contact Encore Learning at or call 703-228-2144 and leave a message.

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“Classes are wonderful. Most instructors are well prepared and interesting. Fellow classmates are well traveled and intelligent — great class discussions! Enjoy the variety of classes and field trips.” — Janet Roberson

instructor02 Encore Learning courses are taught by retired and/or working professionals — drawn from government, universities, think tanks, and private industry — who serve as volunteer instructors.

We welcome contact from persons interested in volunteering their services to teach a course in their area of interest and expertise.

Contact Encore Learning at or call 703-228-2144 and leave a message.

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Classroom Locations

All locations are in Arlington.  See Parking and Public Transportation for information about buses, ARTbus, Metrobus, Metrorail and Metro. Parking costs are the responsibility of the student.

All Encore Learning sites have facilities that meet ADA standards. If a member experiences disability-related difficulties in class participation or has other concerns, he or she should contact the class aide or call the Encore Learning office.

Information about free Wi-Fi access at George Mason University’s Arlington campus is available at the information desk in Founders Hall.

arlington_mill_community_center_arlington_county_buildingArlington Mill Community Center (AMCC)
909 S. Dinwiddie St.
Arlington, VA 22204
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Fairlington Community CenterFairlington Community Center (FCC)
3308 S. Stafford Street
Arlington, VA 22206
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Founder's HallGeorge Mason University (GMU)
Founder’s Hall, Arlington Campus
3351 N. Fairfax Dr.
Arlington, VA 22201
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Syphax Education Center (SEC)
Sequoia Plaza 2
2110 Washington Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22204
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Virginia Tech Northern VirginiaVirginia Tech Northern Virginia Center (VTNVC)
7054 Haycock Road
Falls Church, VA 22043
Go to Map Go to parking instructions (note: no cash accepted, credit card only)

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