Affording WSA

Sliding Scale Tuition

WSA is a college preparatory school that graduates accomplished, creative, intellectually curious young adults prepared to contribute responsibly to the world, and the Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff believe that access to this educational journey should be as equitable as possible. WSA is committed through its mission to operate in a fiscally responsible manner and fully enroll each grade level without crowding.

To meet those two objectives, the Board of Trustees approved the implementation of a Sliding Scale Tuition Model for all current and new enrollees. Starting with the 2020-21 school year, West Sound Academy’s Tuition Committee will use its sliding scale to determine each student’s tuition according to the principle that a family’s financial commitment should be reasonable and fair given its financial resources. The tuition rate is based on income, major expenses, the number of enrolled children in a tuition-based school, and unusual expenses or circumstances.

Easy Application

Equally important is our commitment to reducing any logistical barriers to accessing Sliding Scale Tuition by streamlining the qualification process with one simple form, called the Family Financial Worksheet, backed up by a copy of the most recently filed tax return and W-2 (domestic students) or bank statements (international students). The forms are available for download below:

Family Financial Worksheet – Domestic (2020-2021)
Family Financial Worksheet – International (2020-2021)

Due Dates

Submitting the Family Financial Worksheet by the published deadline is critical to our ability to have an equitable and sustainable sliding scale. Missing deadlines for any reason other than family emergency will forfeit placement eligibility.

Re-enrolling students: Due January 6, 2020
Applying students: Due February 14, 2020

The 2020-21 Tuition Scale

Independent schools receive no federal or state funds and depend on tuition and fundraising alone to operate. The admissions process is not fully need-blind as WSA does not have the resources to heavily discount the tuition for the entire student body. However, the school is dedicated to making the educational opportunities at West Sound Academy available to students from all economic backgrounds.

Each fall, the Board of Trustees will set a minimum and maximum tuition scale. The Board will also set enrollment targets for each level of the tuition scale.

The 2020-2021 tuition scale is set at a minimum of $3,920 and a maximum of $22,000. Each family’s tuition rate will be determined on the scale based on the information provided in the Family Financial Worksheet. Families may also opt to waive the worksheet and commit to paying the maximum tuition.

Families with income less than $250,000 per year are encouraged to complete the Family Financial Worksheet to determine their place on the sliding scale.

Enrollment Targets

To achieve economic diversity as well as financial stability for the school, the enrollment targets for 2020-21 are:

Steps for Sliding Scale Placement:

Step One: Look up your current Student ID number(s) or your Admissions ID number. Please contact us if you do not know where to find those numbers in the FACTS School Management System.

Step Two: Complete the Family Financial Worksheet form in hard copy. A single form can be used for two-family households. If you do not wish to be considered for sliding scale tuition, please skip to the last page of the form and check the “Waiver” box.

Step Three: Return the completed FFW with a hardcopy of the first two pages of your most recent tax return and W-2’s by the re-enrollment deadline of January 6, 2020 (returning students) or the admissions deadline of February 14, 2020 (applying new students). For 2020, you would be using your 2018 documents. Submit your documents to the school’s Business Office.

In the interest of security, we prefer that the FFW and backup materials are provided to the Business Office in hardcopy form. Please contact the school if you need to discuss alternative ways of submitting these materials.

Subsequent Years of Enrollment

The hardcopies of the backup materials will be professionally destroyed within thirty days of your submission for security reasons. In each subsequent year of enrollment, families on the scale will only have to submit updated tax returns and W-2’s each year and will not have to complete the FFW again. However, if their financial circumstances change, any family can always opt to complete the FFW for sliding scale placement if they submit the worksheet by the appropriate due date.