NOTICE: Due to an unprecedented number of applications, our enrollment committee is taking a pause from accepting new applications starting February 27. Please check back in April or sign up to our mailing list for announcements about opening the process again.
The MWS Flexible Tuition Program
The Middle Way School thrives on the principle of inclusion. We actively seek to build a community that is rich with diverse cultures, races, talents, interests, learning profiles, and economic and ethnic backgrounds. Because this is a pilot school, and because we have the support of a global community of friends and foundations who wish to see this school succeed, we are able to offer tuition subsidy across the board plus ample financial aid to meet families at affordable rates. In addition to the Tuition Assistance program, which can offer up to 63% tuition to eligible families, two special funds have been established to support BIPOC and Buddhist families with additional assistance.
There is a comfortable middle ground between offering too much and not enough. We believe that tuition shouldn’t create hardship. It should be like a good stretch or a yoga position—you push until you feel a little burn but don’t go further. And in the end, that little bit of stretch ends up feeling really good. We want to help families feel good about their contribution.
Apply by clicking the link below. The application window opened on January 4, 2021 but is currently on pause.
Kindergarten-5th Grade: $13,200
Nursery/Preschool Four-and-a-Half-Day Program: $10,850
Nursery/Preschool Three-Day Program: $7233
10% off for second child
15% off for third child
20% off thereafter
There is a $450 materials fee. This fee acts also as your deposit and is non-refundable. Families wishing to apply for financial aid are encouraged to do so without hesitation. For more information about this process, download our Financial Aid Instructions. All tuition is generously subsidized by a special grant from Khyentse Foundation, a Buddhist philanthropic organization. If you have the means to contribute funds to support families who are in need, we encourage you to donate to our ongoing financial aid fund.
We offer rolling admissions, accepting applications throughout the year if there is space. This year (2020-2021), most classes are fully-enrolled and some have waiting lists. Contact email@example.com to inquire.
Quick Guide to Applying
- Complete one TADS application per child. Consideration of new applicants begins February 4, 2021.
- There is a $45 application fee.
- If you are applying for financial aid, download the FAP Application Instructions (above). We use SSS and rely on an additional letter to the board.
- For students who have already entered kindergarten, have your child’s current teacher complete a teacher feedback form and return to MWS.
- If your child has had any educational, therapeutic or psychological evaluations, please include Service Provider Feedback forms for each of these therapists/evaluators.
- Once your application has been received, we will contact you with the next steps.
- Your child is considered enrolled once we have a signed contract and the $450 materials fee, which acts as a non-refundable deposit.
Special Assistance Funds
The Middle Way Equity Fund provides tuition assistance to families who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Families who qualify are eligible for additional funds that go beyond the maximum financial aid award of 63%. MWS is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. EIN 83-0862436 [image by El Anatsui]
The Tara Fund provides tuition assistance families who identify as dharma practitioners. Families who qualify are eligible for additional funds that go beyond the maximum financial aid award of 62%. Families will be asked to write a letter to the Financial Aid committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) explaining the conditions of their request and the nature of their study and practice.
We hire and enroll without discriminating against any identifying factor which may include race, age, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic background. We will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. As an institution and as individuals we recognize that we have the responsibility to actively change the power differences that perpetuate biases against historically underrepresented and disadvantaged groups. Our inclusion efforts are a dynamic process. We welcome your experience and invite your input on how our school community can continue to evolve.