Tuition & Fees

Tuition

The tuition rates for the 2019-2020 school year will be decided around mid-July 2019.  They are not expected to change much from the 2018-2019 plans below, presented in blue font to indicate that they past data.  The table below is useful for seeing the structure of our payment plans.

From the 2018-2019 academic year:

The total tuition for full-time attendance is $8514.  Scholarships are available (see below).  Tuition for half-day attendance in early kindergarten is half that for full-time attendance, or $4272 for the year, with corresponding payment plans.

 

The payment plans for full-day/half-day attendance are:

Attendance/ payment plan Amount per payment 1st payment date** 2nd payment date Final payment date
Full time, pay year in full $8,344* 15 July 2018
Full time, pay semester in full $4,172* 15 July 2018 15 January 2019
Full time, pay monthly *** $774 15 June 2018 15 August 2018 15 May 2019
Half-time, pay year in full $4,172* 15 July 2018
Half-time, pay semester in full $2,086* 15 July 2018 15 January 2019
Half-time, pay monthly *** $387 15 June 2018 15 August 2018 15 May 2019

Please note that:

  • Tuition is not tax-deductible, except at the college level (IRS form 1098-T)
  • Tuition for the early kindergarten program is not tax-deductible as day care payments (IRS form 2441) because our early K program is fully academic.  If we claimed student attendance as day care we would violate other federal laws and regulations and our own Articles of Incorporation.

* Full-year or full-semester payments get a 2% discount for ease of billing and bookkeeping.

** We accommodate late enrollment, while strongly encouraging early enrollment that lets us plan schedules and teacher time effectively.

*** We adjust the payment plan for late enrollment (after June of the preceding academic year).  For example, in 2018-2019 we had a 10-payment plan, at $851.40 per month) for students enrolled after June but by 1 August.  With caution we accept enrollment after the academic year has started; we create pro-rated plans.

We send invoices the first of each month, and they’re due on the 15th of that month.

If you choose the 11-month plan, we require automatic payment when your financial institution allows it (some do not).  This reduces bookkeeping, the problems of missed and late payments, and general stress on you and on us.  Please contact us for help in setting up autopay.

Parent participation, in school activities, in volunteering, and in donations, is crucial for the school and valuable for the students. Tuition covers only about 92% of our costs, so we require that all families donate to their ability to do so; we have a goal of $20,000 each year, or about $400 per student, though up to half that is met by friends of the school.  Some families have donated as much as 4 times that amount, while others have given  what they could; the Annual Fund meets the abilities of all families.  Time and expertise is another donation.  By enrolling at least one student, each family agrees to assist in school activities for at least 20 hours over the school year. Families who do not meet that minimum requirement will be required to put down an extra deposit the next year to enroll their students. The deposit will be returned if the participation requirement is met that subsequent year, and forfeited otherwise. The deposit amount will be $20 per unmet hour of participation. For example, a family that completely fails to participate will have to provide a deposit of $400 to enroll their student(s) the subsequent year.

The rate for 2018-2019 represented a step of 1.5% over the 2017-2018 tuition.  That was less than inflation (2.5%) and less than our teacher pay raise (3.5%).  We saw that increased enrollment compensated for the offset.

The first two payments are in the summer, invoiced before school starts.  We chose the start date, based on some considerations:

  • Two months’ payment is your commitment to enroll in the fall semester, allowing us to commit to teacher contracts.
  • The last payment ends within the school year, avoiding complications for families who take off after the last class.

Tuition payments are nonrefundable except in unusual circumstances.  Withdrawing a student by choice rather than necessity (a move, financial problems) reduces our finances without reducing our commitment to our teachers.  It also can leave us with a place in which we could have enrolled another student who was on a waiting list.  We trust that you understand our position.

Fees

Except for what is listed below, we have no extra fees for books, other supplies, and class activities, including science demos.  Some events or expenses are optional – pizza for students on Fridays and field trips with significant travel expenses.  Note also that child care in advance of the school day (7:30-8:30 AM) and after the school day (3:35-5:30 PM for early K/kindergarten students, 4:10-5:30 PM for older students) is free of charge.  It is a valued convenience for working parents, and a great time for students to play and socialize.

Admissions application fee

The current fee is $50.  The fee is payable with a credit card in the online application for admission.

Annual shared supplies

  • In the past we had a modest fee for school supplies.  We have decided to absorb that cost.  We charge no fee for supplies, nor for books.

Scholarships

We offer a small number of need-based scholarships. Applications, available here, are required and are evaluated by a scholarship committee. Our Head of School, Dr. Lou Ellen Kay, can confer with you in advance if finances are critical in considering enrolling your child.