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Affording WSA

WSA students on a sunny day in AprilWest Sound Academy is deeply committed to making our school affordable. It is our mission to graduate accomplished, creative, intellectually curious young adults prepared to contribute responsibly to the world, and we want to make that outstanding education available to all students.

Tuition and Value

Independent school education is a significant investment, but the return on that investment can be priceless. Attending a school where each child is appreciated, elevated, encouraged, and accepted in authentic ways – personally, emotionally, and academically – has a lasting impact. Graduates of West Sound Academy embark on the next phase of their journey with the skills and preparation to succeed in academics and life and appreciate the value of the education they received.

Sliding Scale Tuition

West Sound Academy uses a Sliding Scale Tuition Model (SST) for all current and new enrollees. West Sound Academy’s Tuition Committee uses an annually set sliding scale to equitably assign tuition requirements to families based on their financial resources. A family’s placement on the sliding scale is based on income, the number of enrolled children in a tuition-based school, and unusual expenses or circumstances.

For the 2021-2022 school year, the tuition range is from $4,195 to $23,500.

The SST model is designed to be equitable across all income levels and can support placement for families who self-select out by thinking they make too much money to qualify for traditional financial aid but too little to afford tuition. As such, we encourage all families to submit their Family Financial Worksheet regardless of income. Families who choose to waive the worksheet are opting for the maximum tuition rate of $23,500.

EASY APPLICATION

Families wanting to be placed on the sliding scale complete one simple form, the Family Financial Worksheet (FFW). This form is submitted to the school with the most recently filed tax return and W-2 for domestic students or bank statements for international students. See below for links to download the FFW forms – one for domestic, one for international.

Returning families who have already completed the FFW for the 2020-21 school year are not required to submit a new worksheet unless their income has gone up or down more than 10% in the reporting tax year or they anticipate a 10% change during the 2021-22 school year. They will be asked to submit a copy of their 2019 tax return and W-2s with their signed enrollment contract. These families who use their original FFW will be placed on the scale using the same multiplier formula as 2020-21 with the annual increase percentage applied.

Any family can submit an FFW for placement on the Sliding Scale even if they have not done so in prior years. All re-enrolling and new families are encouraged to keep a Family Financial Worksheet on file even if they believe their income will not qualify for placement on the scale.

WSA does not receive any federal or state funding and relies solely on tuition and program revenue and fundraising to operate.

STEPS FOR SLIDING SCALE PLACEMENT:

Step One: 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 Two: Submit backup documentation (W-2 for domestic students or bank statements for international students.) 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. The hardcopies of the backup materials will be professionally destroyed after placement for security reasons.

Step three: Upon receipt of the enrollment contract and tuition schedule, families can sign the tuition schedule or can appeal their placement using the appeal form.

DUE DATES

West Sound Academy has a rolling admission process for the 2021-2022 school year. Applications will be considered when all components have been received, including the Family Financial Worksheet.  See Apply Online for information on West Sound Academy’s online admissions process.

SUBSEQUENT YEARS OF ENROLLMENT

In each subsequent year of enrollment, families on the scale will only have to submit updated tax returns and W-2’s every 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 new sliding scale placement if they submit the worksheet by the appropriate due date.

FAMILY FINANCIAL WORKSHEET FORMS

 

Family Financial Worksheet, 2021-2022, Domestic
Family Financial Worksheet, 2021-2022, International