Affording La Scuola
At La Scuola, we strive to make our school and our program as accessible as possible. La Scuola offers sliding scale tuition, which is currently used by 30% of families. Please do not hesitate to inquire about sliding scale tuition, or directly complete the FAST Application Form.
Sliding Scale Tuition is available for Grandi (3-4 year olds), Grandissimi (4-5 year olds) and Kindergarten - 8th Grade
2021-22 Full Tuition Fees
All lunch fees are included in tuition fees
- Preschool Half Day (AM), 5-day-schedule: $29,850
- Preschool Full Day, 5-day-schedule: $37,325 (Full day is until 5:30 PM)
Elementary (K-5): $36,750
Middle (6-8): $38,850
Sliding Scale Tuition
2021-22 Sliding Scale Tuition Policy and Guidelines
The purpose of La Scuola’s Sliding Scale Tuition program is to provide financial assistance to families who cannot afford the full cost of tuition. Diversity enriches the educational opportunity for all families, and participation of a wide range of families is critical to an inclusive school like La Scuola. Sliding scale tuition is offered on the basis of the demonstrated financial need of the family. Grants are awarded to families according to their level of need as determined by the Independent School Management Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) Program, which provides objective, third-party financial needs assessments, and La Scuola’s Tuition Committee. There are no merit-based awards.
All information from FAST is kept in strict confidence, as is all information relating to a family’s tuition sliding scale request. Final sliding scale tuition decisions are based on the recommendations from FAST, the committee’s assessment of applicants’ needs, and the budgeted funds available. Unfortunately, there is always a greater demand for sliding scale tuition than there are resources. Information reviewed by the Tuition Committee and discussions within committee meetings are strictly confidential.
In accordance with equal opportunity standards, sliding scale tuition awards are made without regard to a student’s race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender identification, sexual identification, family composition, disability, or age and in compliance with existing state and federal laws or regulations.
La Scuola International School is an independent non-profit school that meets the charitable and educational definitions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Tax Identification Number: 56-2293184). As such, La Scuola receives no funding from state or federal sources.
Sliding Scale Tuition Application Process
Families requesting sliding scale tuition must submit an application online via the Independent School Management Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) Program. The FAST application form is available online.
The application fee is $48
The application deadline is February 1, 2022
The Tax Documents deadline is February 8, 2022
Applicants for Sliding Scale Tuition need to file their federal and state tax returns early. Sliding scale tuition awards are tentative until receipt and review of your completed returns by the La Scuola Tuition Committee. We reserve the right to adjust your award upon review of those returns. If you do not submit all the required documents requested to complete your application, we may withdraw the entire grant.
Award determination letters are mailed along with enrollment contracts. Sliding Scale Tuition dollars are limited and demand is high, so please file your application on time. Please note that applications for sliding scale tuition for new families can only be processed if the student’s admissions application is complete.
In allocating sliding scale tuition resources the following factors are considered:
The applicant family’s financial resources and circumstances
Ability to pay tuition and fees as determined by FAST
Commitment to independent, international, immersion education
Adults in the household are fully employed
Applicant family’s expenses include tuition paid to schools and colleges other than La Scuola
The applicant family’s completed and timely application
Frequently Asked Questions
Sliding Scale Tuition Grants are awarded to families according to their level of need as determined by the Independent School Management Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) Program and La Scuola’s Tuition Committee.
Not necessarily. We try to accommodate as many requests as possible, but because our budget is limited, we cannot guarantee a sliding scale tuition award. Continuing students get priority over new students for sliding scale tuition. Families who apply later than our deadline have a lower chance of receiving sliding scale tuition than families who have applied on time.
Yes. sliding scale tuition decisions apply only to the year for which an application and supporting documentation are submitted to FAST. When there are dramatic changes in a family’s financial situation due to a significant set back, we will do what we can to make it possible for the child to remain at La Scuola. At the same time, we expect a family in this situation to make other adjustments to their family expenditures, in addition to seeking sliding scale tuition to help cover the cost of tuition. Likewise, when a family’s situation improves, La Scuola reserves the right to adjust the sliding scale tuition award to reflect the positive gain. The cost of tuition increases is shared between the School and the family.
Families should apply for sliding scale tuition when they apply for admission to La Scuola. Current families who have not previously applied for sliding scale tuition will not be eligible to apply unless they demonstrate a significant change in the family’s financial situation.
La Scuola expects that parents are doing all they can to pay for tuition to the best of their ability. Therefore, unless there is an exception made, it is expected that both parents will be gainfully employed. If one or both parents are not employed, a salary will be imputed for the non working parent(s).
La Scuola considers the custodial parent (married, divorced or separated), step-parent, non-custodial parent, domestic partner, life partner and legal guardian responsible for a child’s tuition. If the adult is not included in the joint income tax return, a separate FAST application is required.
For students of divorced or separated parents, a FAST application and supporting documents are required of both parents regardless of custody or financial responsibility.
Yes. If multiple children attend tuition-charging schools or colleges, it is expected that the family will be applying for sliding scale tuition at all schools. La Scuola should not be expected to subsidize tuition at other schools or colleges.