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Colonial FSC Basic, Adult, and Advanced Learn to Skate Program

Commonly asked Questions and Answers:

Does my child need a helmet?  Learn to Skate USA and Colonial FSC strongly recommend the use of helmets for all beginner skaters.

Can I rent skates or do I need to buy skates?  Where can I buy skates?

Yes, you can rent/buy skates from Cooke’s Skate Supply*.   Rental skates are $8.00, skates leased for the session are $40.00 and new skates are 25% off all plastic soled and instructional level figure skates.

* Please note that skate rentals are not available for the Saturday 7:50 AM  or Sunday 10:30 AM classes.  Please call Cooke’s Skate Supply to make arrangements ahead of time:  978-263-8414.

How often/ when does Colonial test the Basic Skill and Advanced Skill skaters?  Skaters are tested during the last two weeks of the session. During the session, skaters will be moved to the next level if the instructor feels that they are exceeding the expectations of their current class.

What are Private Lessons?  Many skaters supplement their group lessons with private instruction.  Private lessons provide a wonderful opportunity for your skater to triumph over elements they may be struggling with in their group class, help your skater learn an exciting new trick they’ve been wanting to try, or simply because your skater benefits from one-on-one instruction.  A private lesson request form can be completed to begin working with a private instructor. 

What is a skating program?  A skating program is the exciting next step to learning Basic Skills.  The skater gets to select a piece of music of their choice and incorporate the skills they have learned on the ice into the skating program.  The skating program can then be used in exhibitions, competitions or simply for fun.

What are Compete USA competitions?   The purpose of Compete USA competitions is to promote fun, introductory and competitive experiences for beginner skaters.  Colonial hosts a Compete USA competition every spring.  At Compete USA competitions, your skater can compete in a variety of areas such as:  Basic Elements, Programs, Beginner Spins and Showcase Events.

Where can I find out more about getting a Skating Program together for my child?  

Please inquire with Creative Director Sheryl Franks.

Where can I find out more about local competitions?  Please go to for more local and upcoming Compete USA Competitions.

How much does it cost for a private lesson with a Colonial Basic Skill’s Instructor?    A fifteen minute lesson is $15.00.


How do I go about finding a private lesson instructor for my skater?  Please go to the office and fill out a Private Lesson form.

General Policies:

  • Make up classes are not allowed for any reason. We do allow make up classes if the class is canceled by CFSC due to weather or another rink issue, but not if the class is missed by the skater due to personal conflicts.  Skaters that miss a class due to cancellation will receive a voucher to be used during the current session.

  • Refunds are provided for medical reasons and only when accompanied by a doctor’s note.

  • Registration is due the Sunday before the start of the new session.  Skaters registering before this deadline are eligible for 4 FREE public skating sessions.

  • During session 1-4 (not summer session), there is a Yearly fee of $30.00 which includes a Learn to Skate USA membership and evaluation/ award materials.

  • Skater’s enrolling in 2 classes receive a 10% discount on the 2nd class.

  • Prorating is only applicable when signing up for a session after it has begun.  Payment is then required for the entire number of remaining weeks.  There is no pro-rating for individual classes that may be missed due to scheduling conflicts.

  • Skaters enrolling with the program through a Community Education program, are still responsible for paying the $30.00 registration fee to Colonial FSC on the first day of class.

  • We do not follow the Acton or Boxborough school calendar or their snow cancellation procedures.  If the rink is open, we are open.  Call 978-263-3450 or 978-263-3020 if unsure.


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We truly look forward to making your skating dreams become a reality!  Please contact the Colonial office with any questions, comments or suggestions you have.  We look forward to hearing from you!


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