Choosing the school that best suits your child's unique characteristics and interests can be one of the biggest challenges parents face. Our admissions process helps you and your child understand our culture, academic programs and community. We also get to know your child, and determine if we believe he/she will thrive at High Meadow School.
Any time of year, you can contact us to schedule a time
to discuss your child's educational future.
Parent Interview and Tour
Prospective parents meet with an Administrator to learn about High Meadow, ask questions, and tell us about their child. This is followed by a tour of the campus and classrooms.
This takes age-appropriate forms depending on the child's age. Generally, Early Childhood visits are a half day, elementary and upper school visits are one or two full days.
During the admission review process teachers discuss their observations of the prospective student, as well as work samples obtained on the day of the visit. Recommendations from the child's current teachers are also taken into account. An admittance decision is made as soon as possible, usually within a week of the student visit. Parents are informed of that decision by e-mail.
High Meadow School admits students year-round into Pre-school through 6th Grade. We have limited enrollment in 7th and 8th grades, but do admit students into these grades if circumstances allow.
2017-2018 Fees, Tuition and Payment Plans
Full Day Program (Preschool – 8th grade) $13,650.00
Flexible Preschool Program: $2800 per full day, $1560 per half day.
Facilities Fee (Supports current and future improvements to the physical plant) $350.00
Snack Fee (Early Education – 4th Grade) $150.00
Program Enrichment Fee (5th – 8th Grade) $150.00
Optional Annual Pizza Lunch (Wednesdays) $150.00
Tuition is subject to change for the 2018-2019 school year.
Sibling Discount: $1,000.00
Full Payment Discount (by July 1st) $250.00
Full payment directly to the Finance Office by June 1st, 2017; a $250 discount will be applied.
10 month payment schedule option is only available through FACTS. Payments are automatically deducted from your chosen bank account on the 5th or 20th of each month (July – April).
Quarterly payments option through FACTS. Payments are automatically deducted from your chosen bank account on the 5th or 20th of each month July, October, January, and April.
The Financial Aid process begins in February for the following academic year. HMS reserves 10% of the operating budget to assist families in need. Eligibility is determined by submitting an online application FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment and relevant tax information to the Finance Office. Aid is awarded by the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees in April based on an established rubric. No more than 50% of tuition is granted in cash assistance. However, additional aid can be awarded to individuals willing to provide an in-kind service such as cleaning or grounds work. For families joining the community after the deadline, awards may be granted throughout the year depending on availability of funds.
We honor the confidentiality of every family in this process. We ask that families receiving a financial aid package keep their award confidential.
Welcoming New Students
We understand how intimidating it can be to join a new school community, and have therefore created rituals and guideposts that help new students and families acclimate to High Meadow School.
New families receive a comprehensive mid-summer mailing from High Meadow, which includes important announcements and dates to keep in mind. It also outlines school policies, and includes handy links to our website.
New Families Brunch
This informational pot luck brunch, sponsored by the PTO, is also a meet and greet for new families and the faculty. It's a nice opportunity for children to meet their teachers, visit their classrooms, and begin to make new friends! The New Families Brunch takes place right before the first day of school.
Letter from Teacher and Class Parent
New families are introduced and welcomed to the class in August via a letter from their child's teacher. They also receive a letter from their class parent, welcoming them to the community and offering transitional support.
New and returning families gather together to receive school news and information, meet the staff and receive curricula for their children’s class for the academic year.
Class Parent Outreach
The Chair of High Meadow’s PTO circulates new family information to the Class Parents, who contact new families to help them settle in. Class parents are resources for information about events and activities.
The Apple Gathering
During an early whole school gatherings, new staff and students are introduced to the community by mentioning their name and offering them an apple for nourishment and well-being. The school sings a song of friendship dedicated to the new students and staff.
Teachers call home after the first week of school to check in with parents regarding their child’s transition.
Classroom teachers formally introduce new students in circle or during morning meeting.
Ice Breaker Games
These are played in the first few weeks of school, in order to ease social tensions and allow new students to be welcomed in ways designed to put them at ease.
Teacher Check-ins and Introductions
Classroom teachers check-in on new students in all classes, as well as on the playground. They also introduce new students to all enrichment teachers.
Teachers may select ambassadors from their classes who help new students as they go through their day.