Tuition

As a private school dedicated to inclusion, City Garden School takes very seriously our mission to provide a Waldorf Education for all who desire it. We strive to keep our costs reasonable through careful planning and good stewardship of resources. Through our Scaled Tuition model, CGS is proud to be able to provide a high-quality independent school education at a tuition that’s within reach of a range of families.

Our tuition for the 2022-2023 school year is a multi-tiered model that allows families to choose a monthly tuition rate that has a corresponding volunteer hour requirement (the tiers are shown below). This model is reflective of the fact that City Garden School believes that parent involvement is a necessary part of our community. These three tiers are based on a 10 month year.

Each family also pays a Materials Fee, which is due prior to the start of the school year. The materials fee covers all school supplies.

Kindergarten:

  • $800/month ($8,000 annually) plus 10 hours of volunteer time per month

  • $910/month ($9,100 annually) plus 5 hours of volunteer time per month

  • $1,020/month ($10,200 annually) with no contractual volunteer hours

The Materials Fee is $300.

Elementary (1st-5th grades):

  • $700/month ($7,000 annually) plus 10 hours of volunteer time per month

  • $810/month ($8,100 annually) plus 5 hours of volunteer time per month

  • $920/month ($9,200 annually) with no contractual volunteer hours

The Materials Fee is $300.

Middle (6th starting in 2022-23 and 7th grade offered for the '23-'24 school year and adding 8th grade the following year):

  • $800/month ($8,000 annually) plus 10 hours of volunteer work per month

  • $910/month ($9,100 annually) plus 5 hours of volunteer work per month

  • $1,020/month ($10,200 annually) with no contractual volunteer hours

The Materials Fee is $350.

Volunteer hours can be completed each month or during the summer. We have multiple committees for parents to choose how they would like to complete their hours. These hours contribute to a thriving school community and can be great fun!

*If you desire a part-time homeschool enrichment schedule, please contact the director at director@citygardencolumbia.org to discuss rates for the classes/ days you are requesting.

New Family Fee:

All new families are asked to pay a one-time New Family Fee of $100. This fee is non-refundable and cannot be covered by scholarships. This fee is in addition to the tuition rate for your child and should be turned in with your application. This is NOT a per child fee. This is a one-time, one-per-family fee.

Extended Care

We are so happy to include an after-care program for all students.

After-Care (2:30 PM-5:30 PM): Have peace of mind knowing your child’s experience will extend throughout the day. A gentle rhythm guides the afternoon with more time outside and time set aside for older children to complete homework. Available to K-6th grade CGS students Monday-Friday. Not available on school-wide early dismissal days. Enrollment is limited.

  • After-Care rates for 2022-2023 $265/ month for care every day that school is in session.

    • Drop-In Rate $25/ day

We offer a sliding scale for less than full-time attendance in extended care.

Contact Kristy MsJackson@citygardencolumbia.org for contracts and ACH enrollment.

Scholarships

We are offering a limited number of partial scholarships, according to need.

We welcome applications from students who can contribute to the diversity of our community, have financial need, have a demonstrated ability to meet academic requirements, and are interested in engaging in the Waldorf curriculum, which includes a balance of academic, artistic, and practical work.

The needs for financial assistance are always greater than the resources we have to meet them. The primary responsibility for financing a Waldorf education rests with families. We expect all parents to contribute honestly toward tuition and to prioritize a Waldorf education as a part of their household budget.

Use A 529 Plan to Pay Tuition

529 plans are educational “IRAs” that are administered at the state level. 529 plans are considered tax-advantaged accounts. Savers can invest in the 529 plan, and the gains from the investments are free of capital gains, so long as the funds are used to pay for qualified expenses (which now include up to $10,000 of private elementary and secondary school tuition).

To take advantage of this rule, you’ll simply cash out investments, transfer the funds to your checking account, and use the funds to pay for primary or secondary school tuition. Be sure to keep track of how you use the distributions for tax purposes (in case you get audited).

The State of Missouri offers MOST, Missouri's 529 Plan.

Summer Camp

City Garden School hosts six weeks of Summer Camp for both incoming and outgoing First through Sixth graders at Rockbridge State Park. In addition, we are holding spots for alumni of our camp who would like to come back as junior counselors. Katy Shaffer and Jody Frank, City Garden Faculty, will be lead teachers this summer along with assistance from other passionate adventurers. Campers are outside the entire morning exploring the woods and the creek. We love catching frogs and crayfish, hiking, observing the forest, exploring Connors Cave, singing songs, and playing games.
City Garden Summer Camp 2022 - Session 1, June 6-24. Session 2, July 5-22. 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Daily. Sign up weekly for $160/week, or sign up for a full 3 week sessions at a discounted rate of $455. Sibling discounts available. Limited to 20 students/week. Fill out the form HERE.

We also host one week of Summer Camp for Middle School Students separate from our camp weeks for younger children. Nicole Knapp-Weber, City Garden teacher, will be the lead teacher to facilitate learning, play, safety, and adventure throughout the park. We will have games, a morning lesson about the land, geology, plants, animals, creek, creatures, etc, and then time for exploring. Middle School Summer Camp is open to students in grades 6-8 (incoming/outgoing both welcome).

City Garden Middle School Summer Camp 2022 - June 13-17, 2022. 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Daily. $200 fee due at the time of registration. Limited to 20 students. Fill out the form HERE

The Garden Fund

All CGS families are encouraged to contribute to the Garden Fund. Every donation made to City Garden School directly affects a child's education. The Garden Fund fills a critical gap, allowing CGS to offer its rich programming in full to every student. We are committed to keeping fees and tuition as low as possible to maintain affordability and keep Waldorf education as accessible as possible.