Education may be the most important choice you make for your child. Its value extends far beyond the classroom, shaping your child’s and your family’s experience over a lifetime. As a nonprofit independent school, our one and only mission is to make a Berkshire Waldorf School education accessible to as many children as possible. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive school community that is educationally enriching and mutually rewarding. Our exceptional academic program, accessible tuition and generous financial aid express our mission to help create the world we want to live in. We look forward to working with you to support the healthy growth and fulfill the innate potential of your child or children.
Grades 1-8 Tuition
The 2020-21 yearly tuition for Grades 1-8 is $19,750*
Children who are 6 years old by June 1, 2020 are eligible for First Grade. Tuition includes the full school day, 8:15a-2:50p. Aftercare is available for a separate, nominal fee (billed monthly) from 3:00p-5:00p on school days.
*Activity Fee Families with children in grades 4, 7 and 8 pay an additional $600 activity fee to cover the cost of overnight, curriculum-based class trips. Additional incidental activity fees may come up throughout the year for day trips and other special class activities.
Early Childhood Tuition
The 2020-21 yearly tuition for Early Childhood (Nursery and Kindergarten, ages 2.5-6) is determined by the number of days your child attends, and whether they attend for the full day (8:15a – 2:45p) or mornings only (8:15a-12:00p):
5 Full Days* $16,788
5 Mornings $12,759
4 Full Days $14,437
4 Mornings $10,972
3 Full Days** $12,127
3 Mornings** $9,217
Full days are 8:15a – 2:45p and Mornings are 8:15a – 12:00p.
*We highly recommend that children who will be 6 by June 1, 2021 attend 5 full days of kindergarten for the year before they go to first grade.
**3 day options are available for Nursery classes only.
Class placement for Kindergarten and Nursery is determined based on age and the most beneficial placement for your child and the class.
True Cost Tuition
Tuition alone doesn’t cover the complete cost of educating a child at Berkshire Waldorf School, where most school supplies are provided by the school. Since we rely on fundraising efforts to bridge the gap between tuition revenue and operating costs, we ask our families who are able to make an additional tax-deductible contribution of $3,000 per student for the grades and $2,000 per student for Early Childhood toward the true cost of educating their children.
Once your child is accepted, a deposit of 10% of your tuition cost secures their spot in the class and applies to their annual tuition. Families have the option to pay tuition in one, two, four or ten payments over the course of the academic year. For multi-pay options, installment fees apply.
While we expect each family to take primary responsibility for financing their children’s education, as an investment in your child’s future and the future of our world, BWS partners with families who may need support.
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Parent Child Garden Rates
For Parent-Child Garden (newborn to age 3+, accompanied by a parent or guardian), BWS offers 6-12 week sessions, with one class per week in Fall, Winter and Spring. Rates vary based on age and the length of each session. For class details including dates, pricing and registration, visit our Parent Child Garden page.
After Care Rates
BWS offers after-school care from 3:00p to 5:30p for early childhood and Grades 1-3 students, and 3:00p to 5:00p for Grades 4-8. Your family can choose to utilize aftercare on a drop-in or planned basis for an additional charge of $8.00/hr, billed monthly through TADS.
Early Childhood – Grade 3 students enjoy a wholesome snack and free play outside and within our Early Childhood building, under the care of our experienced Early Childhood faculty.
Grades 4-8 students enjoy a snack, quiet homework space and free play outside or within the grade school building. Any students who are not picked up by 5:00p are walked across the street to the Early Childhood building, where they may stay until 5:30p.
A reduced flat rate of $5 for the afternoon is offered for Grades 4-8 students who stay after school for music lessons or tutoring within the building.
Early Care Rates
BWS offers early care (for Early Childhood students only) from 7:30-8:15a Monday-Friday in the Early Childhood Building.
The cost of $1,000 per student for the year is applied over the course of your payment plan, or billed monthly in the case of per diem students, to your TADS account. Emergency drop-ins are $25 per day.
To participate in our early care program, complete the registration form here.
For questions about Admissions, Tuition or Tuition Support please reach out to the BWS admissions office any time at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Admissions Director Robyn Coe at 413-528-4015 ext.106.