There are two main financial obligations to enrolling at Arts & Ideas, tuition and the Parent Equity Program. Besides these costs, there are no other mandatory financial obligations to enrolling (for example, no textbooks, uniforms, or other fees).
Current tuition is $6,925 per year for the first child in a family, $5,395 for the second child, and $3,450 for any additional children. Tuition is decided each year by majority vote of the School Assembly, which consists of parents, staff, and students. As Arts & Ideas enrolls throughout the year, tuition is prorated.
Parent Equity Program
The Parent Equity Program is a capital raising program that made possible the school's move from its former rented location to its current owned facilities in November 2015. Participation in the Parent Equity Program is mandatory for all enrolled families.
Details of the PEP are discussed during the family interview step of the enrollment process. The school community designed the PEP requirement to ensure that it works financially for all families that wish to enroll.
While the enrollment contract entails obligation of payment for the full school year on signature, we have the flexibility to offer payment plans for families that need or prefer them. Typically, we offer two plans: a 9 month plan in which families pay tuition installments during each month of the school year (Sept-May), or a 12 month plan in which families can pay less per month by spreading tuition out over additional summer payments. We work with each family individually to figure out the best solution for each case.
For families who demonstrate need, financial aid is available for up to 50% of the cost of tuition. On a 12-month payment plan, a family can pay as little as $290 per month for their child to attend Arts & Ideas for the full hours we offer (8:15 AM to 5:45 PM).