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Payment Schedule

Unless you arrange a special payment plan, your tuition and fee payments are due on a standard schedule. These fees and the standard payment schedule are explained here.

Family Registration Fee. Integrating each family into our programs for a new academic year requires some staff time even if that family has been with us before. Therefore we charge a registration fee for each family, including returning families. This fee is $60 and is due with the initial tuition payment. The Family Registration Fee is due for both new and returning families with the initial tuition payment and is not refundable unless we are unable to offer any of the requested seats.

We understand the financial challenges of having multiple students in school at the same time, particularly for large families. Therefore, we do not charge student registration fees. You can enroll as many students as you want without additional charges.

Payment Dates. Payment dates have been redesigned to require less payment in advance. Payment for each semester is still required to be completed prior to the start of the semester.

  • The initial payment is the minimum needed to reserve the seat.
  • Each payment after is the minimum needed to keep holding the seat (dropped seats are subject to a Reservation Drop Fee).
  • We require that each semester be paid before the semester starts.

Based on all these considerations, tuition and fees invoice dates are:

Summer Term

  • Enrollment: 20% Tuition
  • May 1: 80% Tuition + 100% Materials Fees (if applicable)

Fall Term

  • Enrollment: 25% Tuition
  • May 1: 25% Tuition
  • Jul 15: 50% Tuition + 100% Materials Fees (if applicable)

Full Year Term

  • Enrollment: 25% Tuition
  • Jul 15: 25% Tuition + 100% Materials Fees (if applicable)
  • Oct 1: 25% Tuition
  • Nov 15: 25% Tuition

Spring Term

  • Enrollment: 20% Tuition
  • Jul 15: 20% Tuition
  • Nov 15: 60% Tuition + 100% Materials Fees (if applicable)

Additional Considerations

  • Payment is due within 14 days after the invoice date.
  • Payments are not automatic — they must be made by by credit card or eCheck from the family account. We cannot process mailed checks or phone payments.
  • Invoices are sent automatically by email on the invoice date with periodic email reminders thereafter. Failure to pay after the 14 days and the third email may result in classes blocked or seats dropped without further notification (drop fees will apply).
  • Special Payment Plans will replace these dates. However, since these standard dates and percentages have been designed to minimize initial and periodic payments and to move final payments to as late as possible, the primary advantage of a special payment plan is to more evenly distribute payments by moving them earlier, not to delay payments.

Payment Plans. We are sensitive to the challenge of paying in full for multiple classes at one time, so our standard payment dates spread payments out as much as we can while still meeting our commitments to paying teachers on time. Families with unique financial situations can request a customized payment plan, with no additional cost. We must approve payment plans in writing for them to be valid. In that case, we also adjust email invoices and reminders to match the payment plan.