$17,350 5 days (7:45 – 5:30)
$14,500 5 days (8:30 – 3:00)
$9,200 5 days (8:30 – 12:00)
$11,000 3 days (7:45 – 5:30)
$8,700 3 days (8:30 – 3:00)
$5,800 3 days (8:30 – 12:00)
Grades 1 – 5
Grades 6 – 8
Grades 9 – 12
After School Programs
12:00 - 3:00 (EC only)
EC afternoons are $1,060/day for the year.
3:00 - 5:30
3 Days: $2,300/year
5 Days: $2,850/year
If separate days, the cost is $800/day for the year.
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 works with TADS, an educational consulting company, to measure a family’s financial means fairly, equitably, and confidentially. Recommendations from TADS are used by the School to determine an appropriate tuition. TADS information can be found here. The TADS application forms can be found here.
For more information on Tiered Tuition and the application process, please contact our Finance Director, Barbara Guffin 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 Director, Barbara Guffin at 207-865-3900, ext. 101 or email [email protected] for more information.
Ride Our Bus
Maine Coast Waldorf School is now offering bus service. We are pleased to announce that VIP Tour and Charter Bus Company in Portland is our transportation service provider. The daily round trip service begins in Cape Elizabeth with stops in South Portland, Portland, and Falmouth. The bus arrives at the Desert Road Campus by 8am. In the afternoon, the bus will depart Desert Road around 3:15pm continuing to Cape Elizabeth with stops in Falmouth, Portland, and South Portland.
Families may choose to use this service in the mornings only or both in the morning and afternoon. The bus service is offered for students in first grade through twelfth grade. If you have children in the Early Childhood program or other questions, please give us a call.
Rates for FULL YEAR service (from September 6, 2017 to June 8, 2018) are:
Cape Elizabeth to Desert Road
5-Day Round Trip: $2,350
5-Day One Way: $1,500
One Time Ride Fee: $15
Full year rates are calculated at $14 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 complete the attached contract and return to the school with your $250 deposit.
For more information, please call the Business Office, 865-3900 ext. 101 or email [email protected].