Tuition Assistance

While gardening, music, arts and movement programs are something that are considered ‘extra’(or are non-existent) in most schools, at Camellia they are integral to their mission in educating the whole child, not just the child’s brain. The school is committed to making this education as available as possible through a progressive tuition assistance program and this is beautifully reflected in the economic diversity of the student body.


At Camellia Waldorf School we are committed to building a school whose student body, faculty, staff and curriculum reflect the economic, cultural and racial diversity of Sacramento.

Private education can often be viewed as a commodity to be purchased by a family for their child. Camellia Waldorf School seeks to depart from this consumption-based perspective on education and move toward a partnership approach that engenders in our students and community a sense of justice, equity, and compassion.

Our tiered tuition model was created with this partnership approach in mind. The tuition paid by each family is expected to reflect the family’s income level and asset base. Our goal is that students drawn from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds will populate each class in our school.

We expect that families will make every effort to pay as much tuition as they can, consistent with their commitment to the well-being of the School and their child’s education. It is also expected that, over time, families will graduate to higher tuition tiers, in order to ensure that our limited tuition assistance resources are shared equitably among all deserving families as their children pass through the school (tuition tiers are reviewed and adjusted annually).

How Does It Work?

If you are unable to pay full tuition, request to be considered for Tier 1, 2 or 3. Families requesting either Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 are required to submit salary and asset information through Tuition Aid Data Service (TADS), a service that helps us to make informed decisions regarding offers of tuition assistance. When filling out the TADS application, enter one of the published rates below, per child, when prompted on the form. Tuition assistance is not available for preschool or parent-toddler classes at Camellia.

Kindergarten Grades 1-8
Tier One (80%): $7,981 Tier One (80%): $9,182
Tier Two (60%): $5,986 Tier Two (60%): $6,887
Tier Three (40%): $3,990 Tier Three (40%): $4,591

The school’s Tuition Assistance Committee makes its own independent determination of what a family’s tier will be, taking into account the TADS report, the family’s tax returns, and any other financial and personal information or special circumstances that may be brought to its attention.

It is important to note that weight is given to the school’s budget and the number of requests for assistance. The school relies primarily on tuition to cover teachers’ salaries and all other expenses. At the present time, the school has no endowment or other capital resources to supplement its budget. Tier 1, 2 and 3 awards will be made only in clearly deserving cases.

To request either a Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 award, families may apply online here. There is a $34 fee per household to apply. Applicants submitting TADS applications after February 20, 2018 will be responsible for paying the full tuition protection fee (TPF), not the adjusted tuition protection fee.

Financial Aid Worksheet

Financial Aid Application