When it comes to tuition, we are committed to partnering with every interested parent to make a transformative Steiner education possible for your family. However, we consider tuition an investment in the future, not a commodity to seek for the lowest price. Partnering with you to support the healthy growth and fulfill the innate potential of your child or children, our goal is to intentionally and continually create a school community that is diverse and inclusive, educationally enriching, and rewarding to all involved. For questions about tuition or financial aid, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or make an appointment to visit with our Director of Finance and Operations, Jeff Novick.
For Grades One through Eight (age 6 by June 1 to age 14), our Sliding Scale tuition ranges from $6,500 to $18,875* for the year, based on your family income.
- Includes the full school day, 8:10am-2:50pm.
- After care is available from 3:00p to 5:30p, on a drop-in or planned basis, for an additional charge of $8.00/hr, billed monthly.
- For further tuition support beyond the sliding scale, please apply separately via TADS.com after your child completes the school application and enrollment process.
For Early Childhood (age 2.9 by September 1 to age 7), our Sliding Scale tuition ranges from $3,033 to $16,044* for the year, based on your family income and the number of full days or mornings your child attends. Note that children who will turn 4 during the school year should attend at least four days a week, and children who will turn 5 during the school year should attend for five full days.
|5 Full||5 Morning||4 Full||4 Morning||3 Full||3 Morning|
|M-F 8:15-2:45||M-F 8:15-12pm
For Parent-Child Garden (age 6 months to age 3+, accompanied by a parent or guardian), 8-week sessions of one class per week are offered in Fall, Winter and Spring. For class details including dates, pricing and registration, visit our Parent Child Garden page.
True Cost Tuition
Tuition alone does not cover the real cost of educating a child at Steiner, where most school supplies are provided by the school. Since we rely on fundraising efforts to bridge the gap between tuition revenue and operating costs, we ask families who are able to make an additional, tax-deductible contribution of $3,000 per student for the grades and $2,000 per student for Early Childhood toward the true cost of educating their children.
Families paying published tuition rates with more than one child attending the school may request a 10% discount for the second and each subsequent child. For families with three or more children enrolled in the school, even the sliding scale may make Steiner tuition unmanageable. If this is the case, please see our Tuition Support Procedure, or make an appointment with our Business Office at email@example.com.
*More About Sliding Scale Tuition
As a nonprofit independent school, our one and only mission is to make Waldorf education available to as many children as possible. To that end, the Steiner School – known as a thought leader in creating an intentionally diverse school community – offers a sliding fee scale for families whose adjusted gross income falls within the range of less than $30,000 to $110,000.
Click Sliding Scale 2019-20 for a current chart of sliding scale rates.
To apply for sliding scale tuition, please indicate your interest on your child’s application, and email the first two pages of your most recent tax return to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further Tuition Support
If more support is needed to make a Waldorf education possible for your family, generous tuition support is available for families in the elementary school, once a student is accepted. Approximately 50% of our families receive some form of support. Please see the Tuition Support Page for more information.
Once your child is accepted, a deposit of 10% of your tuition cost secures their spot in the class and applies to their annual tuition, which families have the option to pay in one, two, four or ten payments over the course of the academic year. For multi-pay options, a small installment fee applies.
Families with children in grades 4, 7 and 8 pay an additional $600 activity fee to cover the cost of curriculum-based class trips.