For the 2021-2022 school year, and for all grades 6-12, the upper end of our Flexible Tuition schedule is $18,990.00. Tuition is all-inclusive. All students participate in field studies and travel programs at no additional fee.
You might wonder: “Upper end?”, “Flexible Tuition?”, “What do these mean?”
While it might be easier to say, “The most any family will pay for one student is $18,990.00” that directness conceals an important element of The Sage School. From the beginning, providing access has been a critical value and philosophy of the school. This is one reason why we adopted a Flexible Tuition model, where we strive to set tuition based on the means of each family. As an independent school, tuition dollars support our work, but private donations allow the tuition to be set on an individual basis – providing access to more students regardless of financial means.
Since its founding in 2009, The Sage School has raised over $2.5 million to support broad access to the school. We believe accessibility increases diversity, creates a school with a wider range of perspectives, and augments the impact of our mission and vision – strengthening our students, our school, and our community.
The Sage School is necessarily budget conscious and recognizes that we will not be able to meet everyone’s needs. We do our best — dedicating nearly 20% of our annual operating budget to support our tuition program.
The Sage School strives to create a community that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Each family is expected to contribute to our community in many ways, with tuition being one vehicle of support. We recognize each family has different socioeconomic circumstances.
We also recognize that charging families the full cost of each student would impact access to The Sage School. The support and philanthropic generosity of our community enables us to cover the additional costs of our unique educational programming.
We understand and appreciate the financial commitment families undertake in deciding to send their children to The Sage School. Although paying for education is, first and foremost, the responsibility of a family, we devote significant funds each year to support our flexible tuition budget in order to make The Sage School more broadly accessible. In turn, our school community benefits by attracting gifted students who would otherwise not have been able to attend.
To help us objectively assess what a family is able to contribute to its student(s) education expenses, we use School and Student Services (SSS By NAIS) as a trusted third party. The SSS analysis of a family’s “Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)” is a critical component in our financial decisions. However, it is just a start.
To make our final tuition decisions, we use the SSS figures as the baseline for our own additional review, taking into consideration our total budget, other information we may have collected, our school’s policies and priorities, and the needs of our entire applicant pool. Due to circumstances like these, and others, our school may ask your family to contribute more or less to tuition than what is estimated on the SSS Family Report.
The Sage School is a nondiscriminatory 501(c)(3) corporation
The Sage School, Inc. admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, national and/or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, and/or gender expression or identity to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at our school. The Sage School, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national and ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity or other basis prohibited by law in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.