AFFORDING SCHOOL ONE
Private school is a big investment for our families. An investment in a School One education opens doors to strong writing and communication skills, self-confidence and awareness, and a range of exciting college options. A strong high school education also increases a student’s chances of college scholarships. School One makes every effort to keep our school accessible and affordable to families from all kinds of backgrounds.
Economic diversity and financial accessibility are bedrock values for School One. We want a school community comprised of students from many backgrounds and diverse perspectives so we provide a variable tuition range depending on each family’s needs.
Our Tuition Committee assesses each family’s specific situation once parents have completed the Financial Questionnaire and submit their tax returns. To apply, complete the School and Student Services Parent Financial Statement Form. Students need to apply to School One and be accepted before families can submit their financial information. Families who apply by the January date have a better chance of receiving a tuition package closer to their level of need.
School One Regular Education Tuition Ranges: $500 - $24,900
This includes a one-time enrollment deposit for new students and the annual program fee of $1400. The Annual Program Fee covers the cost of all textbooks and course materials, art and lab supplies, field trips and school activities, technology and yearbooks. There will be no additional School One charges that arise during the school year
Three levels of additional Academic Support and three levels of Mental Health Support, honoring the variety of student needs, are available to those students for whom they would benefit. Levels of support are set at tiered fees: $4,000, $8,000, and $12,000. For families receiving need-based tuition assistance, the same proportional reduction will be applied to the above fees.
School One offers several payment schedules for families.
Families can pre-pay in full and receive a 1% discount, or they can pay throughout the year in monthly or quarterly installments by check, credit card, or direct account withdrawals. Many students enroll at School One during the school year. Tuition is pro-rated when students join School One in the middle of a trimester.
Economic diversity and financial accessibility are bedrock values for School One. We want a school community of many backgrounds and perspectives, so we provide financial aid to over 60% of our families.
We offer financial aid packages that range from full to partial scholarships.
Our financial aid dollars go to middle class and lower income families. Eligibility depends on income and need. Families who apply by the January deadline have a better chance of receiving financial aid.
To apply, complete the School and Student Services Parent Financial Statement Form.
How do I apply for financial aid?
School One partners with School and Student Services (SSS) by NAIS in our financial aid process. Parents are asked to complete SSS’s financial aid application called the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). Parents are also asked to upload their most recent tax return and W2’s directly to the SSS website. To begin the process, please visit the SSS website at htttp://sssbynais.org/parents.
Do you offer fee waivers for applying for financial aid?
School One does not offer fee waivers directly, however SSS by NAIS automatically evaluates eligibility for families to receive a fee waiver.
When is the deadline for financial aid?
The financial aid deadline is typically in mid-January for financial aid awards for the following school year. School One has rolling admissions and we encourage families to apply for financial aid even if they have missed the deadline. Families may be placed on a financial aid waitlist .
What happens after I’ve completed the financial aid application?
If you complete your financial aid application by the January deadline, you can expect to receive a letter in the mail stating your tuition as well as an enrollment contract by early March. You will then have a few weeks to make a decision and submit an enrollment deposit. The first tuition payment will be due in June.
How is financial aid determined?
School One’s Financial Aid Committee partners with School and Student Services (SSS) by NAIS in our financial aid process. Parents fill out the PFS (Parents’ Financial Statement) and upload their tax documents; SSS is able to determine how much a family can afford to contribute towards tuition based on family income, students in college, debt and other factors.
When do I have to make an enrollment decision?
The enrollment deposit to hold your child’s place at School One is due within 2-3 weeks of receiving your enrollment contract. School One encourages families to contact Julia Volynsky, Enrollment Director, to discuss specific circumstances. The enrollment deposit is non-refundable. The first tuition payment is due in June.
What payment plans are available?
School One offers several different payment schedules. Families can choose from the following:
Full Payment Option: Full payment of tuition and fees by June 1st for the upcoming school year. Families who chose this plan will receive a 1% discount.
Smart Tuition: Enroll in Smart Tuition for a $50 annual fee and choose to pay tuition in four payments or monthly. The $50 enrollment fee will be added to your first tuition payment.
Please note: School One offers pro-rated tuition by trimester if the student enrolls mid-year.
Can I use our 529 college savings plan for School One?
The federal tax code now allows you to use money in 529 plans to pay for tuition at K-12 schools, up to $10,000 a year. Families should contact the specific plan they are invested in and ask about the potential consequences of a withdrawal.
Does my financial aid carry over in subsequent years and throughout my child's time at School One?
When the School One Financial Aid Committee determines an award for a student, we assume that unless a major economic event occurs, that financial aid will be granted from year to year. Families must still apply for financial aid every year and do so by the financial aid deadline in order to guarantee those funds.