The Hartsbrook School

Tuition/Affording Hartsbrook

Tuition/Affording Hartsbrook

The Hartsbrook School is excited to announce the inception of a Sliding Scale Tuition Model!

We are proud to offer a model that will not only drive diversity and inclusion but also innovative programming.  This new model supports our shared deeper purpose and is more reflective of it:

Educating children toward realizing their individual human purpose and potential, making it possible for each of them to do their part to care for each other, for the land, and for the whole world, is the fullest expression of our shared commitment to the development of humanity.

What are the tuition fees?

Tuition at the Hartsbrook School is conservative compared to many other local independant schools. We try our best to maintain a rate that is reasonable and responsible.


Should I apply for placement on the Sliding Scale?

If, after considering all possible means to fund your child’s education here, you still feel it is out of reach, Yes!  Please consider applying for placement on the Sliding Scale.  We’ll do our best within the context of the overall financial picture of the school to stretch toward families who are themselves stretching financially to pay tuition.

In order for the Sliding Scale Model to be successful, all families must maximize their contributions to tuition and the annual fund.  While we do commit to keeping families at similar increments on the Sliding Scale through graduation, we highly encourage families to strive to increase their contributions so they can support newer families in need. Your tuition is an investment in your child and the future.

How Is placement on the sliding scale determined?

Families seeking placement on the sliding scale will engage in a financial analysis using a third-party tuition management company, FACTS.  Please use this as a tool to help us understand your financial picture.  FACTS will make a determination of financial need which the Tuition Adjustment Committee will use to place your family on the Sliding Scale.

If a family member is contributing to your tuition please indicate this on your application so we can more accurately consider the actual tuition amount that will directly affect your family’s budget.

Please note that submitting a financial analysis through FACTS will in no way influence an admissions decision which is conducted independently.

Families paying published tuition rates do not need to complete a financial analysis.

When do I apply for placement on the sliding scale?

New Families: The FACTS application may be completed during the admissions process. The FACTS application can be accessed here.

Returning Families: The FACTS application must be completed annually by February 15th in order to receive appropriate placement on the Sliding Scale. If an application is submitted after the deadline, it may be difficult for us to guarantee a similar increment on which you have been previously placed. We make every effort to provide consistent Sliding Scale placements through graduation for returning families who have no significant change in financial situation. However, as previously mentioned, please strive to step up the sliding scale year-to-year in an effort to support other families in need.

How do I find out what my family’s placement on the sliding scale?

Our Business Office will send your family a letter indicating your placement on the Sliding Scale.

In order to secure your placement, the letter and the enclosed contract must be signed and returned within 14 days.

Can I appeal my placement on the sliding scale?

This year we have increased the capabilities within FACTS for families to accurately portray their financial picture.  We hope this will dramatically decrease the need for appeals. In some cases, families will need to engage in a more dynamic process to determine their placement.  These families should contact the Enrollment Director at (413) 586-1908, ext.115 or email admissions at to discuss their financial picture.

Multi-Child Discount:

In order to make Waldorf education more affordable for large families, the school also offers an optional discount to families with three or more children concurrently enrolled at Hartsbrook.

  • Families Who Do Not Qualify for Sliding Scale PlacementOptional 10% discount for the third and subsequent children with the lowest tuition rates
  • Families Who Qualify for Sliding Scale PlacementOptional 50% discount for the third and subsequent children with the lowest tuition rates.  The 50% discount applies regardless of the placement on the sliding scale.

Please note that the above discounts apply to tuition and the Grades 6 – 12 activity fee and do not apply to any other fees or programs such as Extended Day.

Since this is an optional discount, families may choose to waive the sibling discounts in support of the school.


If you have questions or need assistance with the Sliding Scale placement process, contact the Business Manager at (413) 586-1908, ext. 104 or at