A UNIQUE FINANCIAL ENDEAVOUR
We believe that no one should be turned away because of finances.
Offering a school that is accessible to all who are willing to commit to the school community is one of our most important founding principles.
We hope that our approach to tuition - your financial contribution - allows every child wanting to come to our school to do so, no matter his or her family's financial situation.
Joseph Bruchac on sacred giving from the Lakota aboriginal culture:
"...it maintains the balance that is needed to hold the nation together and to keep an individual in the right relationship within himself/herself and with the community."
Financial Contribution Model for
the Second Year at Polaris
Our aim for the second year is fundamentally to make it possible for all families who want to come to the school to come. We see every family’s financial contribution as one part in the sum that carries the whole school, not tuition for one specific child. Therefore everyone’s contribution is meaningful and is commensurate with each family’s means. It is when we put everyone’s financial contributions together that we come to a total that can support the school, together with fundraising initiatives. Every family that wants to come to Polaris is welcome at our school.
Financial Contribution meetings
We will schedule a meeting with every family to go over the contribution model and discuss their unique situation. Contribution meetings are confidential and will be conducted with the utmost respect. It is meant as a conversation between two parties who have the same aim of supporting the whole community, with the guidance of a model for financial contributions. Polaris will not review or seek proof of a family’s financial situation, but work in trust with every family.
Details of Contribution Model
For the 2019/20 school year we require a non-refundable deposit of $500 per child at the time of registration. For the reduced contribution option we are also requiring a minimum pledged annual contribution of $2000 (including deposit) per family, if attending three or more days per week. We have three options under our affordable to all model are:
The details are laid out in our Financial Contribution Model and Fee Schedule document . We will review each option in the contribution meeting and always keep a central element of a human to human interaction in determining each family’s contribution. The contribution model shall not be the reason for a family not being able to join.
It is a model that asks for each individual family’s responsibility within a community that will shoulder the school’s needs together.