Tuition

The tuition rates for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year will be the same as for the previous two years, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.  Our financial management has been effective.  Now, with COVID-19 affecting all operations and financial projections, we have deemed it prudent to hold tuition steady and forgo well-deserved teacher raises until we know income from enrollment and fundraising.  We can give raises once we get the clear picture. The table below is useful for seeing the structure of our payment plans.  Our 11-month installment plans begin with the first payment in June, continuing each month from July to the final payment in April, 2021.  The early completion of payments gives us time to talk with parents who will be continuing their children’s enrollment about the plans for the next academic year.  Thus, we can plan for teacher time and for any new class structures that meet the needs of every individual student.

The total tuition for full-time attendance is $8514.  Scholarships are available (see below).  We no longer offer half-time attendance in kindergarten or early kindergarten; it generates disconnects in education and no parents have requested it in several years.

The payment plans are:

Payment plan Amount per payment 1st payment date** 2nd payment date Final payment date
Full time, pay year in full $8,344* 15 July 2020
Full time, pay semester in full $4,172* 15 July 2020 15 January 2021
Full time, pay monthly *** $774 15 June 2020 15 July 2020 15 April 202

Please note that:

* 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 2019-2020 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 by ACH transfer 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.  Other ways to pay are by check (preferred) or by QuickBooks Payment.  With the latter you click on a link in the monthly invoice to generate payment.  The first time you use it you need to set up the connection between your financial institution and ours; we provide the instructions.

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 have fundraisers and outside donors pitching in.  We also 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.  Volunteering 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 first two payments are in the summer, invoiced before school starts.  We chose the start date, based on some considerations:

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 student supervision 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

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.