When it comes to tuition, we are committed to partnering with every interested parent to make a transformative Steiner education possible for your child/ren. 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 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 call or come visit Jeff Novick in the GBRSS Business Office, 413-528-4015, ext. 101.
Grades One through Eight (age 6 by June 1 to age 14)
Sliding Scale tuition range based on family income, from $6,500 to $17,975* for the year
- For the full school day 8:10am-2:50pm; half day until 12pm available for first grade only at the same cost.
- Additional scholarships are available by applying to TADS.com, once children are accepted.
- After care is available 3:00p-5:30p, on a drop-in or planned basis, for an addition monthly charge of $8.00/hr.
Early Childhood (age 2.9 by September 1 to age 7)
Sliding Scale tuition range based on family income and number of full days or mornings attending, from $3,033 to $15,275* for the year
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Parent Child Garden (age 6 months to age 3+, accompanied by a parent or guardian)
8 week sessions offered in Fall, Winter and Spring
- Sweet Peas for babies 6mos-1 year $170
- Buttercups for toddlers ages 1-2 years $195
- Morning Glories for young children ages 2-3+ years $325
For complete information and to register, please visit our “Parent Child Garden” page under the Programs tab.
*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, we’ve created a sliding fee scale that sets tuition based on your family’s ability to pay. Sliding scale tuition applies to families whose adjusted gross income falls within the range of less than $30,000 to $100,000.
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.
True Cost Tuition
Tuition alone does not cover the real cost of educating a child at GBRSS. 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 GBRSS tuition unmanageable. If this is the case, please see our Tuition Support Procedure, or make an appointment with our Business Office.
Families have the option to pay tuition in one, two, four or ten payments over the course of the academic year. 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.