Enrollment and Tuition

Enrollment at PVMS is for one school year. The school makes annual commitments to our teachers for employment, purchases supplies for a full school year and operates on an annual budget based on the income committed to the school by parent contracts. Parents sign an enrollment contract which is binding for the period of one school year.

No portion of the tuition fee, so paid or outstanding, will be refunded or canceled without consent of the Board of Trustees. In the event of family circumstances that may arise that would result in an early withdrawal of a child from the school, the following procedure should be followed:

A letter must be written by the parent to the Board of Trustees of PVMS, advising the Board of the pending withdrawal of the child. If the parent believes that there are extenuating circumstances that should be considered to allow the parent to be released from the contract, those reasons should be presented clearly in the letter. The Board meets monthly, generally on the first Wednesday of the month.

If consideration needs to be given to the circumstances causing the withdrawal, it will be addressed, a decision will be made and the parent will be notified, in writing, of the decision. Such considerations will be given only in the case of extenuating circumstances, such as serious illness, involuntary job relocation, and unexpected loss of employment.

The school requires a registration deposit in the amount of $500 to reserve a child's place. This tuition deposit will be deducted from the last tuition payment. It is not refundable if a child fails to enroll. It will be refunded in full if the school does not accept the enrollment. In addition, there is a one-time application fee of $50 charged to new students. This fee is used to pay the cost of processing the application and setting up new student files.

Sick days and days when the school is closed due to weather (according to the Springfield School Department cancellation policy) will not be credited or made up.

The school depends on your prompt payment of tuition for its efficient, economic functioning. Tuition payments are made to the FACTS Tuition Management Company and are due and payable according to the payment schedule you selected; yearly, quarterly or monthly. All accounts ten days past due will be assessed a $25.00 late fee per child per month. After school bills will be paid to PVMS on a monthly basis, if not a part of FACTS payments. All returned checks will be subject to a $25.00 service charge. Registration deposits, fees and paid tuition are non-refundable. A student whose account is 30 days in arrears may not be permitted to attend school until the account is paid in full.

Pioneer Valley Montessori School, 1524 Parker Street, Springfield, MA 01129 • 413-782-3108

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