Tuition & Fees for 2019-2020

If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the highest return
— Ben Franklin

Grades 1-8

Tuition in the grades program is $10,780 for the 2019-2020 school year. It can be paid upfront by May 31, 2019 (5% discount) or in monthly installments. There is a $250 registration fee, and a $600 materials fee. We also offer an indexed tuition program to ensure that our school is affordable for all families.

 

Forest Kindergarten

Tuition in the forest kindergarten is based on the number of days per week of enrollment. It can be paid upfront by May 31, 2019 (5% discount) or in monthly installments. There is a $250 registration fee and a $350 materials fee. We also offer an indexed tuition program to ensure that our school is affordable for all families.

 
 Half Day (8:15am-12:00pm)Full Day (8:15am-3:30pm)
5 days $6,754 $9,152
3 days (M, W, F) $5,016 $6,402
2 days (T, Th) $4,070 $5,170
 
 
 

Joyful Beginnings/Toddler Program

Tuition in the Joyful Beginnings is based on the number of days per week of enrollment. It can be paid upfront by May 31, 2019 (5% discount) or in monthly installments. There is a $250 registration fee and a $200 materials fee.  There is a co-op option for families as well. Co-Op participation requires adult application, background check, training, and 12-32 days per school year of volunteer classroom support.

 
 Standard Co-op*
5 days $6,580 $5,610
3 days (M, W, F) $4,920 $4,350
2 days (T, Th) $4,100 $3,880
 

HomeSchool Program

The total cost for this annual program is $4,100, meeting twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:50AM to 3:00PM and follows our school calendar.  There is a $250 registration fee and a $500 materials fee.  It can be paid upfront by May 31, 2019 (5% discount) or in monthly installments.

Other Costs & Fees

Morning / After Care

The Garden School offers morning care for early drop-off starting at 7:30am. Aftercare is also available for students until 5:45 pm. Information on fees is available upon request.

Music Ensemble

Starting in 3rd grade, all students are expected to participate in music ensemble once a week. The cost of renting or purchasing an instrument and of weekly private lessons is born by the family.

Accelerated Foreign Language Program

Starting in 4th grade, students can opt in to our accelerated foreign language program for $230 per semester.

Growing our Garden Campaigns

Like most private schools, The Garden School relies significantly on fundraising and donations to meet our financial needs each year.  Parents and friends of The Garden are asked to participate in one or more of our three campaigns each year: Apogee, Annual Fund, and Targeted Campaigns.  The amount of the tax-deductible gift is left up to the family, but we ask for and expect 100% participation from our community,

Volunteer Work Bond

We ask each new enrolling family to pay a $500 volunteer work bond for your family’s time at The Garden School. Each family is required to volunteer for 25 hours per school year.

Indexed Tuition

Many parents desire to have their children educated and nurtured by a progressive school education. However, the additional cost of tuition to the basic family budget can be challenging for some. The Garden School values diversity and through our Indexed Tuition Program provides opportunities for those families whose financial circumstances would not normally allow them to consider private education. 

Our program is administered in a way in which tuition is indexed to a level based on a family’s ability to pay. This allows our School to make Waldorf-inspired education affordable to many more families.  The School uses an independent financial consultant to ensure confidentiality and third-party objectivity. Tuition assistance applications are due by February 28, 2019 via your link in TADS.

In addition to applying for indexed tuition, we expect families to explore other possibilities for funding their child’s education, including contributions from relatives and employment and lifestyle adjustments. Our indexed tuition grants are capped at 50% of tuition. Because of the 50% limit, it is important that our financial aid applicants are prepared to sustain enrollment year to year within the parameters of our indexed tuition grants.   More information about our indexed tuition here, and our merit scholarships here.