Early Childhood Tuition

GWMS Tuition Policy

2022/2023 Tuition Rate $15,000 

Tuition is contracted on an annual amount for the 2022/2023 school year. School days are indicated on the 22/23 calendar.

Great Work Montessori School’s Reduced-Rate Sliding-Scale Tuition Plan enables all GWMS families to educate their children as equal members of an economically, racially, and culturally diverse community. The Plan is designed to meet a fixed portion of the school’s annual budget through Contracted Tuition and voluntary contributions.


Rather than using more traditional financial aid and scholarship measures, a Contracted Tuition Rate is calculated for each Reduced-Rate paying family on a sliding scale in equitable proportion to families’ financial resources. Full tuition is set each year by the board.

All families participating in the Reduced-Rate Tuition Plan are asked to submit a Reduced-Rate Tuition Worksheet, current income tax forms and Tuition Contract based on the most recent tax return when enrolling, and re-enrolling. The Worksheet is used to determine each individual family's Contracted Tuition Rate. Although we encourage all families to complete the Tuition Worksheet, families may elect not to submit the form by signing the waiver on the Worksheet. By signing the waiver, families indicate that they will pay the Full Contracted Tuition Rate for the year that they have waived out of our Reduced-Rate Tuition Plan. Families paying less than $1500/month pay a Reduced Rate. Enrollment is secured each year with a completed Tuition Worksheet, and a signed Tuition Contract. The CTR is then paid over the course of the school year via the available payment options. All reported income is to be verified by the business manager via all applicable current tax returns.


For families enrolling more than one child under the age of five, there is a discount of 10%.  Accepting the Siblings Discount makes you responsible for paying the CTR both/all of the siblings. If siblings attend the school but are claimed by different parents/guardians, then the 10% discount is not applicable.


GWMS accepts CCAP, and encourages all families who might qualify to apply through their county of residency. Our enrollment office would be happy to help you initiate this process. Families who qualify must inform their case worker of their enrollment in GWMS immediately upon acceptance, using our license numbers. Parents are responsible for paying their tuition each month, according to their family's ctr on our tuition calculator, until CCAP approval and funds are verified.  Eligibility contingent on a 90% attendance rate.  Students who fall under this attendance rate will be offered one month of probation, after which they may be dis-enrolled if continued excessive absences continue.


If you anticipate financial problems, please notify the business manager before the end of the month.

  • Monthly tuition payments are due on the first of every month. Tuition payments can be made through our Procare System online. Payments can be set up with automatic withdraw from bank account using ACH transfers. Payments can also be made in person via cash, check, or credit card with the Business Manager.
  • If tuition is not paid by the 5th of the month, you are required to work with the Business Manager to create a plan to bring your account current in the month in which tuition is due.
  •  If tuition payment has not been received by the 10th of the month, a late payment will be accessed to the account. 
  • If tuition payment has still not been received by the 20th of the month, the account will be red flagged, a phone call will be made to the family regarding the tuition due and reminded of the next step per the policy.
  • If account is not brought current by the end of the month, or an alternative plan hasn’t been agreed upon by both school and parent/guardian The account will be put on probation.   If the payment is not made within the next 30 days, the child’s place in tuition-based program will be forfeited.

GWMS may use all legal remedies in collecting past due amounts. The parent/guardian agrees to pay late fees, collection costs, attorney fees, and court costs reasonably incurred and associated with the collection of unpaid invoices/statements. All tuition and/or other applicable fees must be current and paid in full prior to the following yearly registration.


The GWMS YCC and Primary Program tuition is based on an academic year and paid on a 10-month payment schedule. Students are admitted for the full academic year. The obligation to pay the agreed tuition is not subject to adjustment for illness, absence or any other reason. If it becomes necessary to withdraw your child, written notice is required THIRTY DAYS PRIOR TO WITHDRAWING. Withdraws will not be accepted after April 1st. Tuition is due on the 1st of each month, August through May. August tuition is due at August student registration, along with each student’s materials fee. If a student is enrolled after the school year has begun, the first and second month’s tuition is due on or before the first day the student begins school. If a student is withdrawn during the school year, no proration refund for tuition will be made for the month in which the student leaves the school. The paid activity fees will be prorated to the student’s last day of attendance. No refunds for either tuition or fees will be considered after April 1st  for the current academic year.  There are no tuition credits for absences, including sickness, medical procedures, religious observances, vacations, disciplinary actions, or school closures, including weather--ÔÇÉrelated closures.


Our school’s unparalleled commitment to economic, racial, and cultural diversity depends significantly on voluntary contributions. Voluntary giving is not required but is highly valued and deeply appreciated. If 10% of your family’s adjusted income is substantially higher than your Contracted Tuition Rate, or you child ages out of the ECE program, please consider a tax deductible Gift to our Annual Fund.


Family financial information is reviewed only by the school’s Head of School and Business Manager.

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