Tuition and Assistance

Choosing an educational path for your child is a big and exciting decision. Our students love school, our families are committed to Waldorf education, and our graduates are determined to make an impact on the world. 

Choosing an independent school is also a considerable investment in your child’s future – an investment for which we offer financial support. We award grants of all sizes to more than 40 percent of our families, including two full scholarships each year to exceptional high school students whose backgrounds expand socioeconomic and ethnic diversity of our student population. Be in touch anytime.    

Our Grant Programs

Affordable Tuition Program (ATP)

Grants to families with students in Kindergarten - 12th grade. An annual application is required to take into account changing financial circumstances. The school is committed to maintaining its financial support year-to-year as long as need is demonstrated. Admission decisions are made without regard to the financial circumstances of a candidate’s family.  

Kitch Scholars

Full scholarships awarded to two incoming 9th grade students annually.  Continues over four years for students who maintain strong academic standing.  Grants are based on need and academic achievement. An admission and SSS application are required.

Equity and Inclusion Grants

Grants promote understanding, equity, awareness, and celebration of the diversity in our community.

Grants range in size from $1,000 to $5,000 to families from underrepresented communities without regard to financial need. Grant recipients who demonstrate financial need are also eligible for an ATP grant, which requires an SSS application.

FAQs (ATP)

How do I apply?

We use the School and Students Services for Financial Aid (SSS), a service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

  • Log in to your existing account or create one here.
  •  SSS has a library of information to help you through the process, from helpful tips to a step-by-step guide here.
  • Need more detailed instructions? The SSS workbook is available in English and Spanish
  • The school's SSS code is 7109
  • Digital upload of documents is preferred. Please contact the Business Office for help.

How do you determine awards?

ATP grants are based on financial need and subject to the constraints of the resources available.  Financial need is determined according to the guidelines and formula established by the School and Students Services for Financial Aid (SSS), a service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). We use SSS data as a guide in determining the amount of individual grants.

How do I estimate a potential grant amount?

Grants range $2,000 to $21,000 depending on a family’s financial circumstances.  More than $3 million awarded annually. All families make some level of tuition contribution. Our team can help you through the process including information about income and award ranges.   

What information is needed?

Applicants submit December 31st paycheck stubs, current year W-2 forms, and tax returns as follows:  previous two years for new applicants and most recent tax returns. Information is due by April.

When do I hear?

Notification of an award or denial of a grant is mailed to parents of new applicants with the admission decision letter in March. Returning families receive award notification in February. Families receiving tuition grants are required to pay a non-refundable deposit equal to approximately 10% of net tuition.

Tuition

Nursery (Preschool)     $12,360      3-day
                                          $20,600     5-day
Kindergarten                  $26,900
Grades 1-4                      $28,200
Grades 5-8                     $29,700
Grades 9-12                    $41,700

Tuition is comprehensive: field trips, books, athletics, student accident insurance, and Parent Guild and Parent Council.  Tuition for 2020-21 determined by February 2020.

Deposit

Due with the enrollment contract to secure a space in class. Deducted from tuition. Non-refundable and non-transferable.

Nursery (Preschool)      $2,500
Kindergarten $3,000
Grades 1-8 $3,000
Grades 9-12 $4,200

 

Payments

Options for one, two, or ten payments. 

A portrait of Jim Finn, Assistant Director of Finance

Jim Finn 
Assistant Director of Finance
415-875-7232

Fast Facts

Funded by community and foundation contributions
ATP Grants from roughly $2,000 to $21,000
More than $3 million awarded annually
40% of families participate