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Investing in a Washington Montessori education is investing in your child’s future.

Washington Montessori School is an engaging and substantive academic environment supported by a deeply-rooted and diverse community of families and educators. Our students learn to recognize their individual and collective potential, develop thoughtful approaches to learning, and choose paths to responsible and fulfilling lives.

Tuition for 2022-2023

Young Children’s Community & Lower School Half Days: $17,195*
Young Children’s Community & Lower School Full Days: $25,263*

*Full tuition for YCC and LS students enrolled in five days of school. A four-day schedule is also available to YCC students. If you are interested in a 4-day week or a combination of half days and full days, for your YCC or LS children, please see this helpful chart.

Lower Elementary: $26,855*
Upper Elementary: $26,855*
Middle School: $32,740*

*Full tuition for those not applying for variable tuition.

Variable Tuition

Variable Tuition enables all WMS families to educate their children as equal members of an economically, racially and culturally diverse community. The WMS Variable Tuition Program allows families to pay tuition that is commensurate with their financial situation. WMS strives to award variable tuition rates to as many families as possible. Currently, close to 40% of the students enrolled receive a variable tuition rate.

The Variable Tuition deadline for 2022-23 is January 15, 2022. If there are funds remaining after that date, we will consider late applications. Please contact Laura Martin at lmartin@washingtonmontessori.org if you’d like to apply for variable tuition after January 15.

How Does Variable Tuition Work?

All families who would like to be considered for variable tuition must apply directly to School and Student Service (SSS) by January 15.  The process includes a detailed application outlining the family’s financial situation, including among other things: assets, debts, property owned, cars, vacations, loans and savings.  As well, the family submits tax returns from the previous year, w2s and any 1099s directly to SSS. In turn, SSS reports an “Estimated Family Contribution” to WMS. This is what SSS deems an appropriate amount (roughly) that the family can afford to pay for their child’s education. After determining if WMS is the right fit  for the child, Washington Montessori School then reviews the family’s application for variable tuition. The school will determine what tuition rate the family will pay based on funds available and the family’s demonstrated financial need. 

How Do Families Apply for Variable Tuition?

Step 1: Indicate on the Washington Montessori School application that you plan to apply for variable tuition. 

Step 2: Submit the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online at School and Student Services by January 15, 2022

Step 3: Submit 2020 Tax Information to SSS by January 15, including w2s and 1099s. (2021 taxes are due to SSS by April 15, 2022.)

Does Every Family That Applies for Variable Tuition Receive an Adjusted Tuition Rate?

WMS will make its decisions based strictly on the recommendation of SSS. If a family does not qualify for variable tuition through SSS’s calculations, they may not receive adjusted tuition. As well, due to budgetary constraints, WMS may not be able to award variable tuition to every student that qualifies.

How is Variable Tuition Handled in Situations Where Parents are Separated or Divorced?

Parents/Guardians living in separate households must each submit separate PFS forms. It is expected that both parents contribute to the cost of a child’s education. SSS considers all households’ resources, regardless of legal documents,  when determining their ability to pay. If extenuating circumstances make it impossible for all households to submit a PFS to SSS, please contact Laura Martin.

Does Variable Tuition Continue Throughout a Child’s Entire WMS Career?

WMS asks that families resubmit their PFS to SSS every year to ensure that variable tuition rates continue to be commensurate with a family’s ability to pay. Assuming a family’s financial situation stays relatively consistent, WMS aims to increase grants as students move up to new levels. However, it is common for a family’s tuition rate to increase slightly over the years as children get older.

What is a Typical Variable Tuition Rate?

On average WMS families with variable tuition levels pay close to 70% of the full tuition (or roughly $15,000), but there is a range. Variable tuition adjustments usually range anywhere between 20% and 80% of full tuition.

What is the Timeline for Notification of Variable Tuition?

Admissions decision letters &  tuition notification will be mailed by late February for all those meeting the January 15 deadline. After that, notification will happen on a rolling basis.