General Information

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Beacon Hill Seminars is a community of shared learning that welcomes active participants of any age from anywhere. All group leaders donate their time.

You must be a member of BHS to take classes in a given academic year. Annual membership runs from July 1 to June 30 and includes access to BHS classes, regular communications, and invitations to all BHS membership programs and events.

New members: Becoming a member simply requires filling out the Enrollment Form on page 31 and the New Member Application on page 32, paying your annual membership dues of $200 (which are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law), and sending your dues and $100 semester fee with your course selections.

Returning members: Members returning from the fall need only fill out the Enrollment Form on page 31 and send your $100 semester fee with your course selections.

All members may choose to sign up for either one or two semesters in the spring, or at the start of each semester. BUT if someone signs up in the spring for the first time, they pay the full membership dues and are entitled to only one semester’s worth of classes for their $100.

1.  The spring term begins the last week of January . In addition to the catalogue, you may  go to for course descriptions, biographies of group leaders, upcoming events, and general information.

2.  Members may request up to three seminars (in order of preference) and an alternative course. Assignments will be made on a space-available basis.

3.  Beacon Hill Seminars, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. Our membership dues ($200) are tax-deductible. Contributions in excess of membership dues also qualify for  tax deductions and support scholarships and other expenses not covered by dues.

4.  If you are registered for a class but are unable to participate, it is very important  that you let the executive director know by phone (617-523-0970) or email  ( Many classes have waiting lists.

5.  In bad weather, BHS follows the school cancellation decisions of Boston Public Schools.