SGWS Parent Financial Q&A
Will financial aid be available for families in need?
Yes. Spring Garden is creating an Emergency Hardship Tuition Assistance Fund for enrolled Spring Garden Waldorf School families struggling financially during this time. Families will be welcome to apply for this aid and can begin the process by sending an email to
. This fund is separate from our regular financial aid offerings and is specific to the changing financial circumstances caused by COVID-19.
We are now accepting applications for Financial Aid for the 2020-21 school year. Parents can begin the application online by clicking
We had established a deadline to submit Financial Aid applications by May 1, 2020. In light of our current circumstances, we encourage all families applying for financial aid to do so by May 31st. We expect an increase in tuition assistance for the 2020-2021 school year and will likely continue with the Emergency Hardship Tuition Assistance Fund.
Please contact Julie Marchetta if you have any questions about the process.
What about my contract commitment for Service Hours?
Thanks to everyone who completed service hours for our school! Our small community relies on the support of everyone to accomplish many tasks. For those families who have not completed their service hours for the 2019-2020 school year, we are waiving the remainder of your service hours. However, when the stay at home order is lifted, we will likely need help with some tasks, like moving classrooms. We will announce when help is needed and hope that you will pitch in!
Will Spring Garden do anything in particular to support Early Childhood parents at this time?
Yes. We understand that much of the Early Childhood Waldorf experience is about gentle rhythm, peer socialization, modeling and play which happens in the classroom. We also understand that Early Childhood education serves as childcare for many working families.
We are working on a plan to offer some assistance with summer childcare for our EC families currently at home with small children. We expect these will be offered without fees and are working on the structure and details of this program.
Are you paying full time staff?
Yes. Our full-time faculty will continue to be paid in full as they provide comprehensive distance learning to all our students.
Are you paying part time staff?
Yes. Our part-time faculty and staff will continue to be paid in full as we find innovative ways to use their talents and time while the building is closed.
Is the school looking into grants and government relief?
Here are some good initial resources for Ohio families with financial need:
As the situation progresses and we move forward through an extended closure, we will stay in contact and share what we learn.
How can I help community members in need?