Applying to The Sage School

The Sage School has a unique mission: We honor adolescence as a critical developmental window for learning essential academic, cognitive, social, and emotional skills.

The Sage School creates a thriving environment for students through a challenging, authentic curriculum centered on human ecology and engaging experiences designed specifically to promote self-awareness, community responsibility, and a sense of place.

We work hard to make this mission the center of our students’ educational experience. Our approach to learning is unique. We focus on growth, not grades. We value multiple ways of knowing the world and oneself. We intentionally do not require any standardized testing for admission, as we are curious to know about the whole student who is applying. Our application requires the parents and students to reflect meaningfully on their desires and goals for education. As such, The Sage School admission committee is looking for families and students who are interested and able to live within a community that is centered on this mission.

If you are interested in learning more about how we fulfill that mission, admissions season begins January. You may call or email us any time of year to discuss The Sage School, and you will find we are glad to talk about what our school has to offer. However, we typically do not schedule interviews and visitations until ‘admission season’- January through March.

We suggest, as much as it is reasonably possible, that applicants come to The Sage School to meet with teachers before applying. After an initial interview, the applicant may be invited for a classroom visit, during which they spend a full school day engaging with and getting to know teachers, other students, and the Sage rhythm. These classroom visits give the applicant an opportunity to fully participate in and experience a day in the life of a Sage student. It also allows us to get to know the applicant on both personal and academic levels. During the visit, applicants participate in an informal interview with a member of the staff.

The process- from the application to the visitation- is designed for us to get to know each applicant well, and for you to get to know our approach well, in order to find the best fits for our school. We welcome your interest in Sage.

Checklist for Application Process

  • Call/email Director of Admission, set up interview
  • Set up school visit
  • Fill out application
  • Submit grade reports from current school
  • Submit Student and Parent Essays
  • Submit 3 References

Important Dates

  • Small group gatherings with families about Admissions, Early January
  • Open House January 28, 2020
  • Application Due March 2, 2020
  • Deadline to Apply for Flexible Tuition Levels March 2, 2020
  • Notification of Admission Decision, along with Tuition Status- First week in April

After the admission deadline passes, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis as spaces allow. Midyear admissions are also possible, as space allows. If a class is full, The Sage School will place accepted applicants into a waitpool. Students will be admitted from the waitpool as space allows and in the order committee determines best fits for the school.


  • Tuition for the 2019-2020 School Year is $17,940.00

Flexible Tuition

Important Dates

  • Small group gatherings with families about Admissions, Early January
  • Open House January 28, 2020
  • Application Due March 2, 2020
  • Deadline to Apply for Flexible Tuition Levels March 2, 2020
  • Notification of Admission Decision, along with Tuition Status- First week in April

We believe this education should be accessible and affordable to everyone. For this reason, The Sage School follows a flexible tuition model designed to put families on a tuition scale based on their means.

The Sage School is also budget conscious and recognizes that we will not be able to meet everyone’s needs. We do our best; dedicating 20% of our annual operating budget to support our families and 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 one means 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 our unique educational programming.

To help us objectively assess what a family is able to contribute to its student(s) educational 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 of our ability to asses what level of tuition is reasonable for a family to pay. However, it is just a start. To make our final 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.

Flexible Tuition FAQ’s

How do I apply?
We use a 3rd party online service, School & Student Services (SSS). All of your information (include tax forms and other data) must be submitted online at by the deadline to be considered. The Sage School’s SSS code, necessary to submit the information, is 146378.
In order for me to attend Sage, I would need a lot of flexibility in your tuition model (such as paying 0% of the total tuition) Is that possible?
It is unusual for any family to get awarded more than 40% aid for any given year. This can be split into monthly payments however.
Does everyone get a different tuition cost?
The Sage School has a dedicated pool of resources every year. We are committed to making the school as open to as many families as we reasonably can. That means, on our end, we have sought to keep tuition low, we have sought to keep overhead low, and we have worked to develop a significant portion of our budget towards those who need a flexible tuition model. However, there are often more needs than we can reasonably meet. Every year, a committee (made up of the Head of School, the Head of Admissions, and other staff members) will review all of the applications and seek to balance the demands with the supply. SSS may determine that some applicants cannot demonstrate adequate need for a flexible tuition amount. We, therefore, cannot guarantee changes to every applicants total cost. We do, however, seek to spread our resources to as many applicants as we reasonably can.
What is the average award granted?
Our average award over the past few years is just over $5,500.
Can we use our 529 plan?
Recent changes have allowed limited use of 529 plans for k-12 education. It can be a valuable and important way to pay for tuition. Please talk to your financial planner about this option, but parents have been using this format.
Will I be guaranteed aid every year if I am granted it once?
No. Families must submit information every year they are interested in getting a decision for flexible tuition levels. Family situations change every year, as does the school’s economic profile. Every year, a new calculation will be created for each family.
How will I be notified?
The school will send each family a letter in April notifying them of their child’s acceptance and their appropriate tuition levels.