Early Childhood

$18,275 5 days (8:30 – 3:00)
$11,565 5 days (8:30 – 12:00)

$10,950 3 days (8:30 – 3:00)
$ 7,280 3 days (8:30 – 12:00)

$ 7,060 2 days (8:30 - 3:00)
$ 5,280 2 days (8:30 - 12:00)

Grades 1 – 5

Grades 6 – 8

Grades 9 – 12

After School Programs
3:00 - 5:30

3 days (Monday - Wednesday) $2,800
5 days (Monday - Friday) $3,500

Single day rate: $990/day for the entire school year.

Please contact Melissa Hoy in the business office for more information and to sign up at [email protected] or 865-3900 ext. 101.



Tiered Tuition

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. Last year, TADS partnered with School and Student Services (SSS) to combine their processes and the recommendations from TADS/SSS are used by the School to determine an appropriate tuition. Click here to begin the application process for the 2022/23 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.

Plan A
Paid annually: 100% due by June 1st.

Plan B
Paid semi-annually: 50% by June 1st and 50% November 1st

Plan C
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 a fantastic 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!

7:02AM Pond Cove IGA Parking Lot, Cape Elizabeth
7:15AM First Congregational Church Parking Lot, South Portland
7:22AM High Street and Pleasant Street Metro Bus Stop, Portland
7:27AM Marginal Way in front of Chipotle, Portland
7:52AM MCWS Desert Road Campus, Freeport

3:15PM MCWS Desert Road Campus, Freeport
3:36PM Deering Oaks Parking Lot, Portland
3:39PM 100 State Street Metro Bus Stop, Portland
3:48PM First Congregational Church Parking Lot, South Portland
3:58PM Pond Cove IGA Parking Lot, Cape Elizabeth

Rates for FULL YEAR service (from September 9, 2021 to June 10, 2022) are:
Cape Elizabeth to Desert Road
5-Day Round Trip: $2,400
5-Day One Way: $1,500
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 Business Office for more information at 865-3900 ext. 101 or email [email protected].