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Sliding Scale Tuition

At Montessori Earth School we believe that every student deserves the same educational opportunities regardless of their financial situation. For this reason, we offer five levels of tuition and flexible payment options. 



Full Tuition

Our full tuition is $19,000 per student. 


Without any added fees, every student at Earth School will:

  • Attend up to 42 weeks of school each year*

  • Attend all regular program hours (including what many schools consider “before” and “after” hours supervision)*

  • Be provided with ample healthy, vegetarian snacks throughout the day

  • Be provided with all supplies needed for regular school activities and projects (including one-to-one use of a laptop computer)


*see school attendance section of the handbook for our flexible year-round schedules and how part of your yearly tuition will go towards the cost of your student’s senior trip


Tuition Reimbursement Plan

In order to provide flexibility for families in paying tuition, all families are welcome to participate in work towards maintenance of the school program. This work will entitle you to a tuition reimbursement at a rate of $40/hour for up to 100 hours per year. With prior agreement with the school, services such as cleaning, landscaping, basic building maintenance, office work, substituting, teaching an elective, planning a school event, etc. may be used in this way. Some work may require special skills, prior experience and/or a background check. Arrangements can be made with Teacher Leaders at the start of each school year with additional opportunities added throughout the year as they emerge.



Montessori Earth School is in the process of becoming an Ohio non-public charter school. This is a private school which qualifies for families to use EdChoice scholarships to meet some or all of their tuition needs. The current EdChoice scholarship for high school students is $7,500, and many families in the Columbus area qualify for this scholarship. We anticipate being able to assist families in receiving these funds sometime during the 2023-24 school year. However, it is, unfortunately, impossible for us to guarantee that you will receive funds to cover the 2024-25 school year tuition expenses. We are doing everything in our power to make this happen, but if your ability to afford our school depends on this scholarship, we would like to work with you to provide a plan B that everyone is comfortable with.


Our Sliding Scale Tuition Model

For families who are interested in submitting a tuition reduction application we provide four levels of reduced tuition. Families whose gross annual income is less than 400% of the Federal Low Income HUD rate are guaranteed to receive some amount of reduction, and families whose gross annual income is less than 200% of the Federal Low Income HUD rate may not have to pay any out-of-pocket tuition after receipt of the EdChoice scholarship. 


Household Size         400%  HUD rate 

1                                        $58320

2                                       $78880

3                                       $99440

4                                     $120000

5                                      $140560

6                                      $161120

7                                      $181680

8                                     $202240

Each additional add             $20560

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