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Affording a WMS Education

Wilmington Montessori School is a private school and non-profit organization. As such, our exceptional educational programs are funded solely by tuition and charitable donations. WMS offers a robust financial aid program to allow more families to benefit from an exceptional Montessori education!

 

Invest in Your Child's Future

An independent school education is an investment in your child's future. Tuition at WMS includes:

 

Financial Aid Information

About Financial Aid at WMS

Wilmington Montessori School is committed to enrolling students from diverse backgrounds representing the global community. The WMS Board of Directors allocates and supports a financial aid program (covering up to 50% of tuition costs) that assists families with demonstrated financial need in considering WMS as an option for their children’s education. 

In order to allocate our resources wisely and fairly, Wilmington Montessori School has enlisted the help of School & Student Services (SSS) by NAIS. SSS does not decide whether financial assistance will be given or how much to give; it provides a need-based financial aid analysis service. SSS provides WMS with a report, which includes a recommendation of what a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition. All information from SSS is kept confidential. The analysis is then reviewed by the confidential Financial Aid Committee, which determines the final allocation of financial aid resources for the next school year. Upon approval by the committee, financial aid offers are sent to families.

The Financial Aid Committee considers a number of factors including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Each family’s overall financial circumstances, including adjusted gross income, assets, indebtedness and discretionary expenses
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Ability to make commitments to families, not simply to individual students
  • The school's enrollment goals
  • Families currently enrolled at WMS will be prioritized.

 

Financial Aid Application Process - Apply before January 7!

Financial aid grants are made for one year only, and therefore, you must re-apply each school year. 

Note: Financial aid applications will not be reviewed until after the student has applied to WMS and been accepted. Apply to WMS.

Applying for Financial Aid Through School & Student Services (SSS):

Apply for Financial Aid through SSS

Step 1
Click the SSS logo on the right to start the process:

Start by following the instructions to create a new account (unless you have already used the SSS system at another school). You will be asked for WMS's SSS code. It is 902045.


Step 2
Complete your application by no later than January 7, 2019 to be eligible for first-round financial aid offers.
The application process is self-guided. You may navigate in and out of the program, allowing you to partially complete an application and go back to it at another time. View SSS's Parent Financial Statement worksheet/instruction booklet for additional assistance.

Online email support (sss@solutionsbysss.com) and a help line (800-344-8328) are available to assist you through SSS.

There is a charge for the application, to be paid by credit card upon completion of the session.

Important note: The SSS system does not include all of WMS's program options. Please include the name of your specific program choice (e.g., "Primary 5 full-day," "12-month Lower Elementary," etc.) in your comments under "Other Considerations" so that your application can be processed with the correct tuition amount. 
 

Step 3:
After completing the application, you will be required to submit your 2017 Tax Returns (both State and Federal) with all schedules and W-2s online, or mail* them to:

Standard Mail:
Documents
P.O. Box 449
Randolph, MA 02368

Overnight Fed Ex, UPS, USPS Express Mail:
Documents
15 Dan Road, Suite 102
Canton, MA 02021

* Please write "Wilmington Montessori School" on the outside of the envelope to ensure faster processing of your application. A cover sheet, which can be found on the "My Documents" tab in the SSS family portal, is required with all mailed tax documents. Your application will not be considered until SSS receives your tax returns. If you are mailing your taxes, please allow time for SSS to receive and process them before the January 7 deadline.

Purchase of Care (POC)

WMS also accepts Purchase of Care (POC). Delaware’s POC program is a subsidy that supports early childhood and after-school education and care for more than 15,000 children from birth through age 12 who live within 200% of the Federal Poverty Limits. To learn more or apply for POC, please contact the Division of Social Services office.

Note: No POC spaces are currently available for WMS's school program. If you wish to apply, please contact our admissions team, and you will be notified if space becomes available. POC slots are still available for our Extended Day programs.

 

2018-19 Tuition for Mid-Year Enrollment

Pro-rated tuition will be provided for families enrolling mid-year. Please contact our admissions office for more information.
 

2019-20 Tuition by Program

Toddler

Ages 12 months - 3 years

3 half days (9 a.m. - noon) $7,729
3 full days (9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.) $11,859
5 half days (9 a.m. – noon) $11,859
5 full days (9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.) $18,296
Year-round (12-month) Toddler Program:
Tuition includes summer classroom 2020, before/after-care and all child-care days.
5 full days year-round (7 a.m. – 6 p.m.) *
$26,645

* For details on the 12-month program, please contact Nancy Oddo.

Primary

Ages 3-6 - including kindergarten

3 half days (8:45 a.m. – noon) $7,436
3 full days (8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.) $11,449
5 half days (8:45 a.m. – noon) $11,449
5 full days (8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.) $16,374
Kindergarten (8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.) $17,548
Year-round (12-month) Primary (Years 1 & 2)
Tuition includes Camp Montessori 2020, before/after-care and all child-care days.
5 full days year-round (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.)*
$25,087
Year-round (12-month) Kindergarten
Tuition includes Camp Montessori 2020, before/after-care (7 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and all child-care days.
5 full days year-round (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.)*
$26,337

* For details on 12-month programs, please contact Nancy Oddo.

Elementary

Ages 6-9 (Lower Elementary) and 9-12 (Upper Elementary)

1st – 6th grade (8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.) $19,152
Year-round (12-month) Lower Elementary
Tuition includes Camp Montessori 2020, before/after-care (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.) and all child-care days year-round*
$27,890
Year-round (12-month) Upper Elementary
Tuition includes Camp Montessori 2020, before/after-care (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.) and all child-care days year-round*
$28,188

* For details on 12-month programs, please contact Nancy Oddo.

Middle School

New for 2018-19 - Ages 12-14

7th & 8th grades (8 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.) $19,726

2019-20 Extended Day Tuition*

Before-school child care $795-$1,310
After-school child care $1,478-$3,642
Drop-in child care/Late pick-up $25-$55

*Pricing varies by age group, time and number of days per week. Contact Nancy Oddo for more information.

Tuition Payment Plans

Plan 1

Tuition balance paid in full, due June 30, 2018.

Plan 2

Tuition balance paid in two equal payments due June 30, 2018 and January 2, 2019.

(Contact Nancy Oddo for more information on Plan 2 and associated administrative fees.)
 

Plan 3

Tuition balance paid in 10 equal monthly payments** (July 2018 through April 2019). All Plan 3 participants are required to submit an E-Pay Form.

(Contact Nancy Oddo for more information on Plan 3 and associated administrative fees.)