Admission: Nursery – Grade 8

Berkeley Rose Waldorf School invites all families to explore and discover our unique, inspiring and curriculum. 

You’re in the right place!

The first step in the enrollment process is to complete an inquiry form.

We know the best way to get acquainted with our school and community is to visit in person. Due to health and safety concerns, we’re doing our best to provide these experiences virtually. 

Take a moment to explore our website and learn more about our school and Waldorf education. Hopefully, you’ve signed up for an information session in Step 1. If you haven’t, you can click back to Step 1, you can email or give us a call.

We’re looking forward to meeting you!

Once you have joined us for a virtual information session, our admission’s office will send you a link to our online application form.

Applications and Application Fees are due in the school office by – January 15, 2021.

Following the receipt of your application you will:

  • Attend an interview
  • Receive a notification letter
    Decision letters for new students will be emailed on March 18, 2021
    Nursery decision notifications are sent within two weeks of attending an interview
  • Return signed contract along with tuition deposit
    Contract, Non-refundable Deposits and Enrollment Fees for all students are due in the school office by March 25, 2021

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Our enrollment process is complete upon:

1) Payment of Tuition deposit and Enrollment fee
2) Submission of completed and signed Tuition Contract
3) Confirmation of enrollment in our tuition management system

Tuition Rates 2020-21 & 2021-22*

2020-21 tuition is generally due in monthly installments. The first installment is due on 6/5/2020. The last installment is due June 5 of each year. The last installment is due the following June 5th (one year later).

Program Avg Mo Pymts Annual Tuition
3-Day Nursery – Age 2 1/2  by Jun 1st $1,085 $14,105 + FF
4-Day Nursery – Age 2 1/2  by Jun 1st $1,175 $15,275 + FF
5-Day Nursery – Age 2 1/2  by Jun 1st $1,265 $16,445 + FF
Kindergarten – Age 4 by Jun 1st $1,335 $17,355 + FF
Grade 1 – Age 6 by Jun 1st $1,455 $18,915 + FF
Grade 2 – Age 7 by Jun 1st $1,575 $20,475 + FF
Grade 3 – Age 8 by Jun 1st $1,695 $22,035 + FF
Grade 4 – Age 9 by Jun 1st $1,815 $23,595 + FF
Grade 5 – Age 10 by Jun 1st $1,935 $25,155 + FF
Grade 6 – Age 11 by Jun 1st $2,055 $26,715 + FF
Grade 7 – Age 12 by Jun 1st $2,175 $28,275 + FF
Grade 8 – Age 13 by Jun 1st $2,295 $29,835 + FF

Please note: nursery schedule choices are subject to limited availability.
FF (Facility Fee is separate from tuition, see details below).
*Subject to change

Continuous Enrollment

At Berkeley Rose, we recognize the value in a sustained, long-term partnership with families in the education of their children. From the time of admission, your child will be considered enrolled through their 8th Grade graduation unless otherwise notified by the parent, or due to assessment by faculty.

Deposit/Facility Fee

A non-refundable, non-prorated Facility Fee of $2,460 is required for each student, for each academic school year. This fee is separate from tuition and will serve as a deposit to secure a space in the class.
Returning families may be eligible for an early bird discount.

Administrative Fee

A one-time Administrative Fee of $198 will also be applicable and due upon acceptance, along with the deposit. Though the Administrative Fee may be waived if certain conditions are met.

Payment option

Tuition payments may be made annually, or in 13 equal installments due on the fifth day of the month. For any payment received after the 10th of the following month, a $50 late fee is assessed. Tuition payments are processed through an online payment system. Details will be provided in your enrollment contract.

Berkeley Rose is committed to cultivating and sustaining cultural and socio-economic diversity.

Families who want to provide a Waldorf education for their children, but are concerned about their ability to pay the tuition, are encouraged to consider the following avenues:

Affordable Tuition Program (ATP)

Open to Kindergarten and Grades applicants only  (not available for Nursery)

Each year Berkeley Rose Waldorf School offers reduced tuition to the maximum number of students possible.

Please follow the steps below to apply for financial aid for our school:

1. Download the Affordable Tuition Program Financial Aid Application Sheet and follow the instructions.

2020-21 ATP Financial Aid App Sheet
The priority deadline for financial aid applications is January 15, 2021
You may apply after that date, though funds may be limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Financial aid is not guaranteed, and is provided to families who qualify.

2. Continue the tuition assistance application process by visiting the School & Student Services (SSS) website.

The current and following school years are both available online.
Access to the 2021-22 Parents’ PFS will be available after October 1, 2020.

Once on the SSS website click on “Create an Account” and follow the instructions.
If you have questions, there are step-by-step instructions and webinars here

 

Other Financial Aid Solutions

Flexible Spending Account
These programs are offered through employers and allow parents to pay for childcare with wages earned before taxes are taken out. Please see your employer for more details.

Alternative Payment Programs
State and federally funded – California Department of Education, California Department of Social Services and Bananas, IncCoordination is handled by the State of California. Programs pay for the child care of eligible families in licensed family child care homes, centers, or exempt child care situations.

  • How they work:
    The parent chooses the child care program.
    The alternative payment program signs a contract with the parent and provider and pays the provider directly.

Parents enrolled in alternative payment (AP) programs have the right to change providers if they are dissatisfied with their first choice. AP programs serve specific geographic areas, and ages of children varies, depending on the program (such as childcare up to age 5, and aftercare up to age 12). 

Privately funded – The BASIC Fund is an organization providing partial-tuition scholarships to underserved families across the Bay Area.

FAQs

Can my child join even though they didn’t start in Berkeley Rose’s preschool?

Yes. We welcome children at any grade level as long as there is room in the class.

Can my child join after attending a public or private school?

Yes. All children are welcome to join us. Some new parents have expressed concerns with regard to adhering to our media policies which is why our teachers work so closely in collaboration with our parents. You are not alone! If you have any questions or reservations about how limited media usage for your children could affect your lifestyle (and sanity!), please turn to us, our teachers and especially our supportive parent community who will share with you the joys and benefits, and will offer the strategies of making it happen – painlessly.

Can my child join mid-year?

Yes, as long as there is an opening in the appropriate class. Please contact us so we can work with you.

Is this school religious?

Waldorf schools are non-sectarian and non-denominational. They educate all children, regardless of their cultural or religious backgrounds. The teaching method is comprehensive, and, as part of its task, seeks to promote the recognition and understanding of different world cultures and religions. Waldorf schools are not part of any church. They espouse no particular religious doctrine but certainly embrace the idea that there is a spiritual dimension to the human being, as well as to all life. Waldorf families come from a broad spectrum of religious traditions and interests.

Is Berkeley Rose similar to a Montessori school?

These two educational approaches began with a similar goal: to design a curriculum that was developmentally appropriate to the child, and to address the child’s need to learn in a tactile as well as an intellectual way. The philosophies are otherwise very different. Today, Montessori is known for its cognitive approach, while Waldorf schools are known for their whole-child approach.

Other Questions? Email us at info@berkeleyrose.org

FAQs

Can my child join even though they didn’t start in Berkeley Rose’s preschool?

Yes. We welcome children at any grade level as long as there is room in the class.

Can my child join after attending a public or private school?

Yes. All children are welcome to join us. Some new parents have expressed concerns with regard to adhering to our media policies which is why our teachers work so closely in collaboration with our parents. You are not alone! If you have any questions or reservations about how limited media usage for your children could affect your lifestyle (and sanity!), please turn to us, our teachers and especially our supportive parent community who will share with you the joys and benefits, and will offer the strategies of making it happen – painlessly.

Can my child join mid-year?

Yes, as long as there is an opening in the appropriate class. Please contact us so we can work with you.

Is this school religious?

Waldorf schools are non-sectarian and non-denominational. They educate all children, regardless of their cultural or religious backgrounds. The teaching method is comprehensive, and, as part of its task, seeks to promote the recognition and understanding of different world cultures and religions. Waldorf schools are not part of any church. They espouse no particular religious doctrine but certainly embrace the idea that there is a spiritual dimension to the human being, as well as to all life. Waldorf families come from a broad spectrum of religious traditions and interests.

Is Berkeley Rose similar to a Montessori school?

These two educational approaches began with a similar goal: to design a curriculum that was developmentally appropriate to the child, and to address the child’s need to learn in a tactile as well as an intellectual way. The philosophies are otherwise very different. Today, Montessori is known for its cognitive approach, while Waldorf schools are known for their whole-child approach.

Other Questions? Email us at info@berkeleyrose.org

Berkeley Rose seeks a diverse community, welcoming students of any race, religion, ethnic, and financial background. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational or admissions programs and policies. The school is a nonprofit 501(c)(3).

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