Admissions

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

  • Open House January 19, 2017
  • Re-enrollment Deposits Due February 24, 2017
  • Application Due March 3, 2017
  • Notification of Admission Decision First week in April
  • Financial Aid Applications Deadline April 25, 2017
  • Financial Aid Notifications- May 2017

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

  • 2017-2018 $15,500

Financial Aid

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 a financial aid budget that helps assist families. In turn, our school community benefits by attracting gifted students who would otherwise not have been able to attend. Our admission process is ‘need blind’, and we separate the admissions process from the financial aid process to ensure that we are making each decision separately. It is only after a student is admitted, therefore, that we begin the financial aid process. 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 of our financial aid decision. However, it is just a start. To make our final financial aid award decisions, we use the SSS figures as the baseline for our own additional review, taking into consideration our total financial aid 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.

An additional path for financial aid is the Tina Fabiano Memorial Scholarship, which was established in memory of beloved Ketchum resident, Tina Fabiano. Tina’s efforts on behalf of the children of Blaine County were many and varied, and it is the hope of Tina’s family and friends that this scholarship will carry on her lifelong commitment to children and education. Scholarship awards and amounts will be determined by the faculty and staff of The Sage School, and will be based on need and fit to the mission and philosophy of The Sage School.

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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.

Financial Aid 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 http://sssbynais.org/parents by the financial aid 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 ‘full ride’ (100% financial aid). Is that possible?
It is unusual for any family to get awarded more than 40% aid for any given year.
Does everyone get aid?
The Sage School has a dedicated pool of financial aid dollars 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 financial aid. However, there are often more needs than we can reasonably meet. Every year, the Financial Aid 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 financial aid. We, therefore, cannot guarantee aid to every applicant. We do, however, seek to spread our financial aid pool 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.
What is the difference between financial aid and the Tina Fabiano Scholarship?
Financial aid is calculated on strictly a need-based formula determined by the SSS. The Sage School uses this data as a basis to calculate what amount the school will be able to grant in financial aid. The Tina Fabiano Scholarship retains a needs-based component to it (one must qualify for financial aid to be considered for the Tina Fabiano Scholarship), but then considers the student’s fit to The Sage School’s mission.
Will I be guaranteed aid every year if I am granted it once?
No. Families must submit financial aid information every year they are interested in getting an award. 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 May notifying them of the grant awarded. Parents will be notified also, at that time, if they have not been awarded a grant.