An Announcement From Our Head Of School
In a recent letter to Blue Oak Parents, our Head of School, Dan Schwartz, made the following announcement:
“I have good news to share. After careful study and consideration, the Board and Administration have decided to adjust the school’s tuition structure for the future.
Beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, the new K-5 tuition will be reduced to $19,500, while the 6-8 tuition will remain consistent at $24,450.
Both rates are fully inclusive, with no additional fees or charges, as may be the case in other schools.
Consistent with our commitment to socio-economic diversity, this new tuition model will allow more families to attend our school while maintaining our exemplary progressive experience.
Blue Oak aims to provide accessible and engaging education to all interested families, and these changes will enhance our ability to do so.”
Dan went on to say:
“Why are we making this adjustment? This adjustment will boost our current healthy enrollment growth over the long term.
This new tuition structure more closely aligns with our actual per-student revenue, presenting a viable option for more parents considering private school education for their children.
As is developmentally appropriate, we allocate more funds to the Middle School curriculum.
This is reflected in robust elective programming, expansive field trips, advisory social-emotional programming, high school readiness preparation, dedicated program spaces in the fine and performing arts, a MakerSpace workshop, athletic teams, and technology integration.
For these reasons, the Middle School tuition rate is higher than the Lower School.
There will be no reduction in the quality of our program or faculty. We remain faithful to a dynamic child-centered education, with small class sizes, low student:teacher ratios, a progressive curriculum, and a compassionate environment.
As a school that reflects our community’s economic and cultural diversity, we believe that there is no true education without equity and inclusion, any more than there is education without arithmetic or reading.
Our commitment to these tenets is rooted in our mission and reflected in our practice. By reducing and maintaining current tuition levels, we can better achieve these goals.
We will continue to allocate financial assistance awards based on families’ demonstrated needs. Consistent with current practice, your family’s indexed tuition rate will be based on your unique financial situation.
With a new Middle School Campus expected to open in August of 2020, we believe in a bold and exciting future for our young school. The new campus will foster multi-age student community connections through crossgrade curricular experiences and mentorship between older and younger students.
It will also provide dedicated Science, Art, PE, and Innovation facilities for both elementary and middle school students.
Thank you for entrusting your child’s education to us and for your continued commitment to progressive education in Napa Valley.
We appreciate your partnership and support and encourage you to share this new tuition model with your friends and neighbors. As always, my door is always open.”