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Affording WMSWashington Montessori School
New Preston, Connecticut

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.

2024-25 Tuition

Young Children’s Community & Lower School Half Days$19,425*
Young Children's Community Full Days$27,825*
Lower School Full Days$29,925*
Lower & Upper Elementary$29,925
Middle School$35,750

*Full tuition for YCC and LS students enrolled in five days of school. A four-day (Monday–Thursday) 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 review the YCC and LS Tuition Charts below.

2024-25 YCC Tuition

 Mornings Only+ M/T/Th Afternoons+ M/T/Th/F Afternoons
MON-THU$15,750$22,050NA
MON-FRI$19,425$25,725$27,825

2024-25 LS Tuition

 Mornings Only+M/T/Th Afternoons+M/T/W/Th/F Afternoons
MON-FRI$19,425$25,725$29,925

Variable Tuition

Variable Tuition enables WMS families to educate their children as equal members of an economically 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 30% of our families receive a variable tuition rate. Despite our generous variable tuition budget, we cannot guarantee an adjusted tuition rate to everyone who applies.

The Variable Tuition deadline for 2024-2025 is January 30, 2024. 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 30.

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 Clarity by January 30, 2024.

Step 3: Return to the Clarity dashboard to receive instructions about the required documents. Please do not submit any documents to Washington Montessori School. If you need support in filling out the application, please contact Clarity at support@clarityapp.com or 206-210-3752, in both English and Spanish.

How Does Variable Tuition Work?

All families who would like to be considered for variable tuition must apply directly to Clarity by January 30. 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. Additionally, the family gives Clarity access to current and past-year tax documents. In turn, Clarity reports a “Suggested Tuition” to WMS. The Suggested Tuition is what Clarity indicates the family can afford to pay for their child’s education. Once it is determined that the child and family are a good fit for Washington Montessori School, the variable tuition committee reviews the family’s application and determines – based on family need and WMS’s current budget – what tuition rate the family will pay.

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

WMS will make its decisions based strictly on the recommendation of Clarity. If a family does not qualify for variable tuition through Clarity’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 family who qualifies.

Parents/Guardians living in separate households must each submit separate Clarity applications. It is expected that both parents contribute to the cost of a child’s education. Clarity 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 Clarity, please contact Laura Martin at lmartin@washingtonmontessori.org.

WMS asks that families resubmit their application to Clarity 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 over the years as children get older.

On average WMS families with variable tuition levels pay close to 70% of the full tuition (or roughly $24,000), but there is a range. Variable tuition adjustments range anywhere between 20% and 80% of full tuition.

Admissions decision letters and tuition notifications will begin to be emailed in late February for all those meeting the January 30 deadline. After that, notification will happen on a rolling basis.

Admissions decision letters & tuition notification will be mailed in late February for all those meeting the January 30 deadline. After that, notification will happen on a rolling basis.