How much is tuition?
Tuition for new 1st-8th grade students for the 2012-2013 school year is $18,000, plus a $500 new student registration fee. Our half-day Kindergarten program is $9,000. We are building an endowment fund, and a limited amount of tuition assistance is available each year. Applications are processed through School & Students Services by NAIS, one of our accrediting bodies. Information is included in our application packet. Affordable student loans are also available through Your Tuition Solution.
Why does your program cost so much?
We are a non-profit, charitable organization. One hundred percent of our tuition goes to cover overhead and expenses. Our costs are driven by small classes, individualized instruction, and a low student-to-teacher ratio. Parents often go back to work, take a second job or refinance their home to make this work. They make the commitment because they are determined to see their child be able to function to his or her potential in the working world. Tuition covers most, but not all, of the cost of a Greengate education. Many generous donors and partners help us to bridge this gap so that we can keep tuition as low as possible for families.
Why don't you place more students in a class?
While most of these kids are exceptionally bright, they deal with a physically and emotionally stressing difference. Small classes (averaging 4 students to 1 teacher) enable our teachers to pay attention to the differences and foster growth.
Does your program work?
Our tests scores prove that we are making a difference. Before your child is admitted to Greengate they will be tested for proficiency in all subject areas. We then refer back to this baseline set of scores throughout the year to measure their progress. The results have been nothing short of remarkable. Some students have advanced by 2 or 3 grade levels in reading fluency, comprehension, math and/or spelling in a single year. All in all, a pretty good measure, but perhaps the greatest results are seen in your child's attitude, confidence, and self-esteem.
Our parents tell us we are making a difference. Usually within a few weeks, we get a comment along the lines of "You have given us our family back." This is surprising to parents because it's a dramatic difference and it's not usually the difference they were expecting. It is an abstract difference based on a feeling of happiness, a new a desire to go to school, and a reduction in the friction felt between parents and siblings.