The school offers a unique Pledge Tuition System, whereby no committed family will be turned away because it cannot meet full tuition costs.
Wellspring School is open to all families and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin in its admission.
Wellspring School acknowledges that education is a gift given to the children by this school community and is not a service to be purchased by an individual family. Each parent is asked to pledge as generously as possible so that the gift of a Waldorf Education can be offered to as many other children in our community as possible.
Under a pledge system everyone who supports the school chooses to do so out of their own conscience and sense of commitment, and helps make possible this education for every child who attends.
Financial Commitment and Determining your Monetary Pledge: Fees for tuition and materials are available from the school office. Annually the school community commits to raise over 30% in funds outside of tuition in order to support this pledge system, whereby no committed family is turned away for lack of funds.
Pledge Work: Families pledging below full tuition are asked to do some pledge work for the school. The pledgework coordinator will have a list of available jobs. In addition to those listed it is possible to design your own jobs. The faculty and administrator approve all pledge and committee work. Families are held accountable for their contracted work. If pledge commitments are not fulfilled, the school reserves the right to charge the family for unfulfilled contracts.
THE PLEDGE PROCESS:
1. All returning families complete a Pledge Form and return it to the administrator in the late spring of each school year. Forms indicate tuition pledge intentions, pledge preferences, and volunteer interests. All new families, whether intending to pledge the full amount or not, will have a pledge meeting as described below.
2. Following the receipt of the Pledge Form returning families pledging below full tuition have a pledge review meeting. Meetings are scheduled in April and May, and can take place at home. The pledge meeting lasts about 45 minutes and covers the tuition pledge, pledge work, volunteer and committee work.
3. Families pledging full tuition finalize tuition plans and volunteer committee work with the administrator prior to a contract being issued.
4. A contract is finalized after the tuition amount, payment schedule, pledge, and committee work agreements are reached. This contract is signed and returned to the administrator, by July 15. Ten-percent tuition deposits for the year are made by July 15 or prior to a mid-year enrollment. The balance may be paid monthly.
5. Students will not be admitted to the school until the signed contracts are returned to the office.
6. If total tuition pledging goals are not met prior to the opening of school in the fall, the Board and faculty will consider adjustments to programs and/or will ask parents for increased tuition pledges.
Parent Pledge Work:
During the pledge process each parent will be asked to pledge some hours towards committee work and fund-raising events. Gifts of energy and time are highly valued and greatly appreciated. Parent participation is needed for the following critical functions:
• Fund-raising events — The Silent Auction, Spring Concert and other events
• Development work to solicit private donations and grants
• Outreach and Enrollment support
• Festivals & Holiday Fair
• Administrative support
• Buildings and Grounds work
The Wellspring School's pledge package can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking on the link below. Adobe Reader is required for the pages to open.
Click here to download the pledge package.