Our mission is to provide a Waldorf Education to all who desire it and we are dedicated to inclusion.

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Affording Green Meadow

As a private school dedicated to inclusion, Green Meadow Waldorf School (GMWS) 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, GMWS 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. Nearly half of GMWS families receive Scaled Tuition.

For more information, contact our Director of Admissions at 845.356.2514, x302.

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Busing is not included in tuition, however, many local New York State districts provide free busing for residents within a 15-mile radius of Green Meadow. Please note, that the busing deadline is March 1. Busing from NYC is available through GMWS for an additional fee. Contact registrar Kathy Hoehmann for complete details.

A one-time, non-refundable application fee of $50 per student is due upon application. After acceptance, a signed Tuition Enrollment Contract and tuition deposit are required to reserve a place in the appropriate class.

2023-2024 Tuition

Half-day Preschool (3 days) $11,450
Full-day Preschool (3 days) $15,300
Half-day Preschool & Kindergarten (5 days) $15,600
Full-day Preschool & Kindergarten (5 days) $21,325
GRADES 1 & 2 $24,975
GRADES 3 & 4 $26,000
GRADES 5 – 8 $27,575
GRADES 9 – 12 $29,650

2024-2025 Tuition

Half-day Preschool (3 days) $12,125
Full-day Preschool (3 days) $16,175
Half-day Preschool & Kindergarten (5 days) $16,500
Full-day Preschool & Kindergarten (5 days) $22,550
GRADES 1 & 2 $26,425
GRADES 3 & 4 $27,500
GRADES 5 – 8 $29,150
GRADES 9 – 12 $31,350


Unfortunately, we don’t have any further scholarships available for the 2024-25 school year. However, every family is welcome to apply for scaled tuition. See below for information on how to apply.

We welcome applications from students who can contribute to the diversity of our community, have financial needs, 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.

Scaled Tuition

As part of our commitment to socioeconomic diversity, Green Meadow Waldorf School offers tuition reduction through Scaled Tuition for families with financial need. Scaled Tuition is available to many families who apply and is determined primarily by tuition cost in relation to a family’s household income.

Our Scaled Tuition model is developing and we continue to work with families to refine and improve the process. Scaled Tuition awards are based on both the financial needs of families and budgeted funds for tuition assistance. For most families, Scaled Tuition reduces tuition obligations so that tuition payments fall between 14 and 20 percent of the family’s adjusted gross income. Please note, however, that Green Meadow maintains a minimum tuition obligation of around 50 percent of the full tuition cost. For new families, the maximum tuition reduction will not exceed 40 percent of full tuition under any circumstances.

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. In general, 3-day Early Childhood programs are not eligible for discounts for families with only one child in the school.

The application process is open to all families. There is a $50 fee. Applications must be on time. Late applications will be reviewed when the process for timely applications has been completed.

It is not possible for the school to become involved in any financial arrangements between separated parents. If parents are separated or divorced and both contribute to educational expenses, both must provide financial documentation as part of the Scaled Tuition application.

In two-parent families, both parents are expected to contribute income if there are no preschool children at home and whether or not parents are separated/divorced.

Families with outstanding tuition in arrears will not be considered for Scaled Tuition until balances are made current or payment arrangements have been made. Green Meadow reserves the right to cancel contracts for families whose arrears remain unpaid at the beginning of the school year.

Scaled Tuition applications are submitted in addition to the regular application, online via Blackbaud. New students may apply for scaled tuition while applying for a spot at Green Meadow. Assessment information provided by Blackbaud is used to determine eligibility for Scaled Tuition. Your submitted information will remain confidential. To apply for scaled tuition, please follow the instructions found here.

With questions regarding scaled tuition, contact Donna Quirk, Student Billing Coordinator, at 845.352.5020, x117.

General Information

New Family Enrollment Fee

A one-time nonrefundable fee of $1500 is due for all new families at the time of deposit.

Additional Fees

Additional fees may arise at parent expense, if tutoring, external consultations, or special services which the school does not provide are recommended. Other expenses include musical instrument rentals, private music lessons, and class trips.

International Boarding Students

Please see here for the rates for International Boarding Students.

Payment Plan

We are pleased to offer four tuition payment plan options: annual, semi-annual, quarterly, and monthly. Selection of a payment plan is made upon acceptance on your Tuition Enrollment Contract.

Sibling Discount

There is a sibling discount of $1,400 per student. Please note that scaled tuition contracts are not eligible for sibling discounts.

Tuition Insurance

The tuition insurance plan, available for a modest cost, protects parents when a child is withdrawn or dismissed.

Music Lessons

Instrumental music is an integral part of the curriculum. In 3rd grade, string classes begin. In 4th grade, students begin private lessons. The school requires the continuation of these lessons through 12th grade. Rental or purchase of an instrument and payment for lessons are the responsibility of the family. There is a small fund for music scholarships. Awards are based on demonstrated financial need and merit. Applications are available in the business office each fall.

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