Tuition and Affording Hartsbrook

Accessible and Sustainable

The Hartsbrook School seeks to enroll students from diverse backgrounds who will benefit from our unique education.  We offer a sliding skill tuition model which makes a Hartsbrook education possible and sustainable for more families as well as drive innovative and rich programming.

To Learn More

Leslie Evans, Enrollment, 413-586-1908, ext. 115, admissions@hartsbrook.org

Business Office, Diane LaBarge, 413-586-1908, ext. 104, dlabarge@hartsbrook.org

FACTS Tuition Management

FACTS is an online tool to set up your tuiton payments and to apply for a placement on the sliding scale.

Tuition and Fees 2022-2023

Early Childhood

3 Full Days  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $14,500
4 Mornings   . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .. .$14,500
4 Full Days   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . $18,750
5 Mornings   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . $15,900
5 Mornings & 3 Afternoons  . . . . . . .  $18,900
5 Mornings & 4 Afternoons  . . . . . . .  $20,250

Elementary (Grades 1-8)

Grade 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $20,900
Grade 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $20,950
Grade 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $21,000
Grade 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$21,100
Grade 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$21,350
Grade 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$21,400*
Grade 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$21,500*
Grade 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . $21,600*
*Grade 6-8 add $900 Activity Fee

High School (Grades 9-12)

Grade 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . $26,250*
Grade 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $26,700*
Grade 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   $27,000*
Grade 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $27,500*
*Add $1,350 Activity Fee
Deposit 10%

Tuition Deposit

A non-refundable tuition deposit is due April 5th (or at enrollment confirmation for new students) to secure a place in a class. The deposit is 10% of the tuition amount you are assigned.

Tuition Payment Plan Options

Plan A – deposit of 10% due April 5th, 1 payment, due May 5
Plan B – deposit of 10% due April 5th, 2 equal payments, due May 5 and Nov 5
Plan C – deposit of 10% due April 5th, 10 equal payments, due monthly May 5 – Feb 5
Plans B and C are paid through FACTS Tuition Management

Cricket on the Hearth

Parent and child classes for children up to 4  year’s old, and parent and baby groups for babies 6 weeks to 18 months.

Extended Day

The Extended Day Program provides care and activities for children Early Childhood through 8th grade. Contract for specific days or drop in!

Farm Camp

Summer and April vacation Farm Camp offers children an opportunity to work with animals and learn agricultural and practical arts.

Affording Harstbrook FAQ

Why a Tuition Sliding Scale?

Hartsbrook is a non-profit independent school and our funding comes solely from tuition revenue and annual giving from community and business donations.  We 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.  Our sliding scale is designed to assist families in making a Waldorf education affordable.  We work with each family to plan an affordable year that also covers the cost of educating all our students.  Each family’s contribution to tuition revenue is an investment in their child’s education and helps to sustain the teachers and the unique programs we offer.

Should I apply for placement on the tuition Sliding Scale?

If, after considering all possible means to fund your child’s education here, you still feel it is out of reach, then yes!

In order for the Sliding Scale Model to be successful, all families must maximize their children’s tuition and their contributions to the Annual Fund.  Once a family joins Hartsbrook paying sliding scale tuition and assuming the family’s financial situation remains the same, the student will be placed at a similar level for all of the years they remain a student at Hartsbrook.  If a family’s financial situation changes, placement on the sliding scale will be adjusted accordingly.  In all cases, we highly encourage families to strive to increase their contributions over time as their resources allow. Together, we can build a school that assists in our growth and contributes in the spirit of community.

How is placement on the Sliding Scale determined?

Families seeking placement on the sliding scale must apply using a third-party financial assessment software program called FACTS.  FACTS will make an impartial determination on your family’s financial need which the Tuition Adjustment Committee will use to place your family on the Sliding Scale.  If an extended family member is contributing to your family’s tuition payments, 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 the published tuition rates do not need to complete a financial analysis.

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When do I apply?

New families: The FACTS application may be completed anytime during your 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, we cannot guarantee a similar placement on the scale on which you have been previously placed.

How am I informed of my families Sliding Scale placement?

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?

We have increased the capabilities within FACTS for families to accurately portray their financial picture.  We hope this will 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 Business Manager at (413) 586-1908, ext.104 or email dlbarge@hartsbrook.org to discuss their financial picture.

Is there a 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 placement: Optional 10% discount for the third and subsequent children with the lowest tuition rates
Families who qualify for sliding scale placement:  Optional 50% discount for the third and subsequent children with the lowest tuition rates. The 50% discount is applied when the family is placed on the sliding scale.

Please note that the above discounts apply to tuition and does 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.

What if I have more questions?

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