Financial Aid

Spruce Street School is committed to socioeconomic diversity.  To that end, the board of trustees has set a goal to be the highest quality, most financially accessible K-5 independent school of its kind in the Seattle area. The school strives to admit all children who would thrive in its educational program and community, regardless of their families’ ability to pay, and to maintain a student body reflecting a broad social and economic mix. Approximately 30% of our students receive financial aid every year.

Spruce Street School’s contribution is supported by its annual fund and annual auction.

A family’s contribution is based on need, and the school uses School and Student Services (SSS) by NAIS to help determine financial need.

All families are asked to contribute financially to their child’s education in a meaningful way. Intended as a supplement to family resources, financial aid awards are made not only to families whose ability to pay school costs is extremely limited, but also to those who may need only minor subsidy to meet the tuition requirements.

These scenarios demonstrate potential awards for families with more than one child and different annual incomes. These examples are estimates and are not intended to be actual offers.

What to Expect Financially During the Year

  • Families can choose to pay for tuition in one payment, three payments or ten payments. There are no penalties for paying over time.
  • Tuition covers all educational costs for the school year, including field trips, overnight camping trips, before school care, books and supplies.
  • After school care is not included in the cost of tuition. Students who receive financial aid for tuition also receive financial aid for extended day.
  • The school has an annual fund and auction every year. Families are expected to support both in meaningful ways.
  • The school is currently undergoing a capital campaign to build a reserve fund for financial aid; families have the opportunity to support this effort.

How to Apply

  1. Submit a PFS form (sssbynais.org): one form per family or per separated/divorced spouse.
  2. Upload your 2016 and 2017 tax returns and W–2 forms (through sssbynais.org).
  3. You may write a cover letter explaining any additional financial circumstances the committee should consider.
  4. Submit completed application by February 8, 2018.

Financial Aid Policy

Adopted by the Board of Trustees, May 2009

Philosophy and Objectives: Spruce Street School’s Financial Aid Program has a two-fold purpose: to strive to provide mission-appropriate students an opportunity for a high-quality education which might otherwise be unobtainable for them and to strive to provide to the school a student body reflecting a broad social and economic mix. We believe that all children regardless of their family’s ability to pay full tuition should be considered for admissions and the Board dedicates specific funds in each year’s budget to support this belief.

Funding Private School Education Spruce Street School recognizes that the primary responsibility for financing a student’s independent school education rests with his or her family. All families are asked to contribute financially to their child’s education in a meaningful way. Intended as a supplement to family resources, Financial Aid awards are made not only to families whose ability to pay school costs is extremely limited, but also to those of somewhat more substantial means who may need only minor subsidy to meet our tuition requirements. Financial Aid at Spruce Street School is awarded based on a family’s demonstrated financial need. In no case would a student who does not qualify be awarded aid, nor would a student ever be awarded aid in excess of her or his computed need.

Financial Aid Manual: Please read Spruce Street School’s entire Financial Aid Manual.

Please feel free to contact us at any time financialaid@sprucestreetschool.org