Tuition payment schedule is on a 12 month cycle beginning July 1st and ending June 1st for Kindergarten & Grades. Preschool is on a 10 month billing cycle beginning September 1st and ending June 1st
If tuition for the year is paid in full by July 1st (or September 1st for Preschool) parents will receive a 5% discount on the tuition portion only (not applied to supply or instrument fees).
If you are unable to pay in full, tuition can be paid on a month to month basis.
New families registering in the summer are required to pay tuition by September 1st and will receive a 5% discount if tuition is paid in full.
Our school just upgraded to a Customer Automated Funds Transfer (CAFT) system to collect tuition. Parents are required to provide a void cheque and to complete a per-authorized debit form.
Why do payment schedules start before the school year? The majority of Ministry of Education funding is received by the school in the last half of the school year, with a substantial portion being received at the end of the school year. The school is dependent on student fees for operating costs. Additionally, student fees cover new investments and purchase of supplies prior to school start.
* small field trips are included such as skating, swimming, snow-shoeing and visiting the pumpkin patch. Larger field trips will need to be covered by parents or with fundraising.
Comox Valley Waldorf School is currently a part of the the BC Government Parent Fee Reduction program for Preschool. This government program helps to offset tuition fees and will be reflected on your tuition agreements. Additionally parents with a yearly income of up to $110,000 can apply for government funded subsidy for Preschool.
* Please note that if a child is in the Tuition Assistance Program, they will not be eligible for a sibling discount.
Family Engagement Volunteer Hours
The joyful community life that we celebrate at Comox Valley Waldorf School would not be possible without the dedicated work of our volunteers, whether organizing or participating in our fairs and festivals, working in our gardens, cleaning, repairs, committee work or numerous other tasks. Being active in the school life helps children feel supported and develops their capacity as future citizens. The goal of volunteer hours is to encourage Waldorf community through engagement.
Each family at Comox Valley Waldorf School is required to fulfill volunteer hours and service agreements will be signed each school year along with registration and tuition agreements.
Families with children enrolled full time are required to volunteer 25 hours and those who are enrolled part-time (Preschool only) are required to volunteer 12 hours. Families can opt out of volunteering by paying the appropriate fee. This fee will go into our Building Facilities budget. The fee for full time families is $500/year and the fee for part time families is $240/year.
Hours will be logged in a master spreadsheet managed by the Engagement Committee which is run by volunteers. Specific jobs can be chosen at the start of the school year. It is the responsibility of families to sign off upon completion of tasks.
Families will be invoiced in May for incomplete volunteer hours which will be calculated at $20/hour.
The expected volunteer hours are for school wide needs. The needs of individual classes (driving for field trips, class fundraisers etc…) are separate. As well, it is required that all families fill one or more shifts at our Winter Faire in addition to your volunteer engagement hours.
Please follow this link for more information about this important policy and a list of areas that require a helping hand.
Fundraising In its effort to keep tuition fees affordable and to make this holistic education available to all families who desire it, the school community raises a portion of the operating budget through activities that involve everyone’s support. We also look for pledges from donors or sponsors from within the school community and from the community at large. We ask that all parents creatively participate in these programs.
Donations The Comox Valley Waldorf School Society is a registered charity and will issue a tax receipt for donations over $20.