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Tuition & Fees

Tuition at the Emerson Waldorf School, like the curriculum itself, takes a holistic approach, balancing all aspects (social, financial, etc.), and works to meet each family where they are.

We feel strongly that a Waldorf education should be available to any child, regardless of financial circumstance, and we balance this belief with the practical realities of our school’s financial requirements.

We offer sibling discounts (for children enrolled in Grade 1 or higher), as well as tuition adjustment, to qualified applicants based upon each family’s relative needs and means. Our goal is to have families from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds in every class.

APPLICATION FEE:  A $50.00 non-refundable fee must accompany the application form for each new student.

PAYMENT OF TUITION: Families may opt to pay tuition through one, two, or twelve (June through May) payments.  All families are required to complete their Tuition Management Agreement through TADS before their child can attend school.

MONTHLY PAYMENTS:Monthly payments are due on the 15th of each month beginning in the June before the school year starts.   Returning families enrolling after June 15th must remit all missed payments due by time of enrollment. Tuition for new families enrolling after June 15th may be scheduled to start at their enrollment date and may result in less than 12 payments.  The final monthly payment for the year must be paid by May 15th.

TUITION ADJUSTMENT: The School will consider Tuition Adjustment (TA) for families who demonstrate financial need; this discount applies to tuition only.  It may not be possible, however, to accommodate every family’s unique circumstance.  Therefore, the School asks parents/guardians to pursue all other sources of income for tuition payments.  Your financial aid process must be finalized, and the Tuition Management Agreement completed on TADS, before your child can attend school.

Tuition Levels

Tuition levels for 2014-2015, not including applicable sibling discounts, will be:

NURSERY:

4-day, 8:30am-12:30pm: $6,150

For tax purposes, our Nursery Program is considered "day care" and you will need the EWS Tax ID # 56-1379068 to file.

KINDERGARTEN:

5-day, 8:30am-12:30pm: $9,350

AFTERCARE (NURSERY & KINDERGARTEN):

The Aftercare Program (N-K) is 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.  Our N-K school program is 1/2 day from 8:30am-12:30pm with a Lead Teacher and Teacher's Assistant. Our Aftercare Program is for Nursery and Kindergarten children from 12:30–3:00 PM, Monday through Friday with a Teacher's Assistant.  The afternoon begins with a short walk, followed by a story, then nap/quiet period to balance and compliment the morning program.  The day ends with outdoor play.  Below are the fees if you would like Aftercare on selected days.

    2 Afternoons - Annual: $1,014.00 / Monthly: $112.66
    3 Afternoons - Annual: $1,521.00 / Monthly: $169.00
    4 Afternoons - Annual: $2,028.00 / Monthly: $225.33
    5 Afternoons - Annual: $2,535.00 / Monthly: $281.66

(FYI: If your kindergartner will need to stay until 5pm, they will be escorted to the Lower School Afterschool Program from 3:00pm-5:00pm for a $15/day fee. Registration for kindergartners to attend from 3-5pm is not required as this is considered "drop-in" and parents' TADS accounts are billed for the days their child attends.)

GRADES 1-4: $14,470

GRADES 5-8: $14,785

AFTERSCHOOL (LOWER SCHOOL):

Our Afterschool Program is 3:25pm-6:00pm for students Kindergarten* (*until 5:00pm) to 8th grade and is billed via your TADS account on a drop-in basis $15/day, per child; there is no need to register nor notify the school if your child will be staying in Afterschool.  The Afterschool Director is Candor Plaza. Ms Plaza signs in the children promptly at 3:25pm in the 2nd grade classroom; signed-in children will be billed for the day.  She provides a healthy, scrumptious snack for all students as well as responsible supervision as they play indoor and outdoor games the duration of the time.

HIGH SCHOOL: $16,375

TUITION DEPOSIT: For new families, a tuition deposit of $500 per child is required in order to reserve your spot.  The tuition deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.  The deposit will be applied fully towards the year’s tuition.  Returning Families: Families will be automatically re-enrolled for the following year as long as they are in good standing with the school. If a family has a past due balance, re-enrollment will not occur until the account is current.  If a family does not meet the TADS agreement re-enrollment deadline of May 9, a $250 late processing fee will be due.

SIBLING DISCOUNT: A discount of 10% is applied against the tuition for the younger siblings, enrolled in Grades 1-12, of children enrolled in Grade 1 or higher.  The sibling discount does not apply to students enrolled in the Nursery or Kindergarten programs, or those receiving TA.

LATE FEES: Accounts for which a payment is received five business days past the due date are assessed a $29 late fee by TADS. When a payment is thirty days past due, a finance charge, equal to 5% of the total invoice, will be added.  Parents/guardians having difficulty paying tuition or other fees should contact the Finance Director to make alternate arrangements.  Also see EWS Arrears Policy.

FACILITIES MAINTENANCE FEE: All families are required to pay a one-time $1,300 Facilities Maintenance Fee for each new student enrolled. We encourage families to pay the Facilities Maintenance Fee in full at the time of enrollment.  New students enrolling in the Early Childhood program have the option to make a smaller deposit towards their Facilities Maintenance Fee ($200 for Nursery, $300 for Kindergarten) rather than pay the entire fee immediately.  For complete details, families of new students should refer to the Facilities Maintenance Fee Description and Agreement found here.

PARENT ORGANIZATION DUES: An annual fee of $35 for Parent Organization (P.O.) dues will be added to each family’s Tuition Agreement and will be payable on the first tuition invoice.

RETURNED CHECK FEE: There is a $35 charge for all checks made directly to EWS that are returned. This fee is subject to change without notice. For checks or payments made directly to TADS, please see their policy on returned payments.

OTHER FEES: In addition to tuition, Facilities Maintenance Fees and P.O. dues, there are a number of additional fees for which a family may be responsible. These include the Early Childhood After Care and Extended Care Programs and Grades After School programs, sports, field trips, books, music lessons, etc. These fees are part of your account balance and therefore subject to the Arrears Policy as well.

Families are responsible for the replacement cost of any supplies, materials, facilities, or equipment that the student breaks, damages, or wastes.

PROOF OF PAYMENT: Parents are liable for proof of payment.  Acceptable forms of proof include canceled checks, money order traces from the issuing agency, credit card statements, and School receipts (issued upon request for cash only).  In matters of dispute, lack of proof of payment will be construed as non-payment.

WITHDRAWAL OF AN ENROLLED CHILD: Intention to withdraw a child from the Emerson Waldorf School must be made in writing to the Administrator and must state the reasons and anticipated actual date of withdrawal. The withdrawal will be effective as of the date of receipt of the letter or the last day of attendance, whichever is later.

One quarter of the tuition is non-refundable.  In the event a student is withdrawn or dismissed from the School, the financial liability under this contract will be determined as follows: After June 1st, tuition due at withdrawal will be calculated by adding the prorated tuition amount for any number of days actually attended to the non-refundable portion of the tuition (one-fourth of total tuition).  In the event a refund of full tuition is due, it will be determined by subtracting this calculated tuition due from the total tuition paid. 

ARREARS:  No transcripts, year-end reports, scholastic records, diplomas, or letters of academic reference will be issued until all bills are paid in full.  A student will not be permitted to enter or continue in school if his or her tuition and fees are in arrears more than sixty (60) days.  A student will not be permitted to re-enroll until his or her account is current. Families are required to pay attorneys’ or other fees incurred by the School in the collection of amounts due. Please also refer to the EWS Arrears Policy.

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT: The Emerson Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, tuition adjustment program, athletic, or other school-administered programs.