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.
Having done a lot of research on school financial models and affordable tuition models, we are trying something a little different. It is a model that asks for each individual family’s responsibility within a community that will shoulder the school’s needs together. This is to allow for greater flexibility in the families’ financial contributions and to increase each family’s involvement in the school community. Any funding shortfalls must be obtained through our fundraising efforts.
If you are applying to join our school during the current school year we will ask you to balance yourself between the value of the school's offering and your ability for financial support. We do not have a fixed tuition rate but we depend on every contribution and the fact that some families can give more than others. Please read the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section to give you sense for the dollar figures of our budget and the cost per child for the school.
Below is a description of how we approached parent contributions to see if we could have a viable school year. The first families involved in the process were our school's pioneer families, who were willing to embark on our pilot year.
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.
It is a model that asks for each individual family’s responsibility within a community that will shoulder the school’s needs together.
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."