$16,935 5 days (8:30 – 3:00)
$10,720 5 days (8:30 – 12:00)
$10,150 3 days (8:30 – 3:00)
$6,755 3 days (8:30 – 12:00)
$ 6,550 2 days (8:30 - 3:00)
$ 4,900 2 days (8:30 - 12:00)
Grades 1 – 5
Grades 6 – 8
Grades 9 – 12
After School Programs
12:00 - 3:00 (EC only)
3:00 - 5:30
We are committed to creating a school community that reflects the economic diversity of Maine. Tiered Tuition is available to families with children entering Early Childhood (5 days) through Grade 12. Families who are unable to afford the full cost of a Maine Coast Waldorf School education are encouraged to apply for a tuition adjustment to match their ability to contribute to the school. Then, through a process that considers a family’s income and assets, the school makes a final determination about the tuition that is appropriate based upon the family’s financial means.
Once a family has submitted an Application for Admission, they may begin the process of applying for a tiered tuition. Maine Coast Waldorf has worked with TADS, an educational consulting company, to measure a family’s financial means fairly, equitably, and confidentially for many years now. New for 2021/22, TADS has partnered with School and Student Services (SSS) so there is a new site and a new application but our dedication to our families remains the same. Recommendations from TADS/SSS are used by the School to determine an appropriate tuition. Check out this flyer for more information, then click here to begin the application process for the 2021/22 school year.
For more information on Tiered Tuition and the application process, please contact our Finance Office at 207-865-3900, ext. 101 or email [email protected].
Tuition Payment Plans
In addition to tiered tuition, we also offer the following tuition payment plans for your convenience.
Paid annually: 100% due by June 1st.
Paid semi-annually: 50% by June 1st and 50% November 1st
Paid in 9 monthly installments, June through February
Tuition Insurance Plan
The School offers parents the Dewar Tuition Refund Plan as a means to insure their financial obligation under the terms of Maine Coast Waldorf's Enrollment Contract. Parents who do not pay the total tuition charges by June 1st under the Annual payment plan must participate in the Dewar Tuition Refund Plan or present evidence of having secured comparable insurance coverage elsewhere. Please contact our Finance Office at 207-865-3900, ext. 101 or email [email protected] for more information.
Ride Our Bus
MCWS has purchased a new 25 passenger mini bus! This is an exciting development in our busing program. Not only do we have our own bus but we have hired Mr. Jim Bly to be our bus driver. We are offering round trip service to and from Cape Elizabeth with stops along the way. New this year, we have added a stop at the Yarmouth Park and Ride!
Bus service is offered for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. This service is convenient and helpful for families! Ride sharing is environmentally friendly and students enjoy the company of their bus riding friends!
We have pricing from full weeks/round-trips to specific days/one way and everything in between. Your child can even ride the bus on an as needed and last minute basis!
Contact the Business Office, 207-865-3900, Ext 101, if you'd like to reserve space on the bus. Seats are limited and are first come first serve.
ROUTES AND TIMES
AM SERVICE TO SCHOOL
7:06AM Pond Cove IGA Parking Lot, Cape Elizabeth
7:14AM First Congregational Church Parking Lot, South Portland
7:20AM E Street Metro Bus Stop, South Portland
7:24AM High Street and Pleasant Street Metro Bus Stop, Portland
7:29AM Marginal Way in front of Chipotle, Portland
7:45AM Friends School of Portland, Cumberland
8:00AM MCWS Desert Road Campus, Freeport
PM SERVICE FROM SCHOOL
3:10PM MCWS Desert Road Campus, Freeport
3:18PM Yarmouth Park and Ride, Yarmouth
3:26PM Maine Medical Center Campus Parking Lot Bucknam Road, Falmouth
3:38PM Deering Oaks Parking Lot, Portland
3:43PM 100 State Street Metro Bus Stop, Portland
3:48PM Waterman Drive Metro Bus Stop, South Portland
3:54PM First Congregational Church Parking Lot, South Portland
4:04PM Pond Cove IGA Parking Lot, Cape Elizabeth
Rates for FULL YEAR service (from September 4, 2019 to June 5, 2020) are:
Cape Elizabeth to Desert Road
5-Day Round Trip: $2,500
5-Day One Way: $1,600
One Time Ride Fee: $15
Full year rates are calculated at $15 per round trip for the 166 days of the school year. In 2016, the IRS calculates it cost $0.54 to drive a personal vehicle one mile. That includes fuel, maintenance, depreciation and insurance. One round trip from Portland to MCWS is 34 miles or $18. Add afternoon pick up and we are at $36/day! It doesn’t take long to see why a bus service will save families money. And while a bus gets lower mpg (usually about 8 mpg), it makes up for it because it carries more people, offsetting cost and CO2 for many cars.
Please contact us in the Finance Office for more information at 865-3900 ext. 101 or email [email protected].