Affording A Tesseract Education
Tesseract recognizes that paying for an independent school education can be a challenge for families. We are committed to helping families invest in their students’ education by providing generous, need-based financial aid, as well as various options and payment plans for financing their students’ education. It is our goal that economic standing should not be a determining factor in admission to Tesseract. The Board of Trustees is committed to creating a school community that is truly inclusive, diverse, and accessible to a wide range of families.
More than 30% of Tesseract students receive need-based financial aid from the School, with an average aid package this last school year of more than $10,000 per student (to apply for Financial Aid click on the link http://sssbynais.org/parents). Many families also take advantage of tuition credits through the Arizona Tax Credit Scholarship programs.
There are many options to help invest in your child’s education at Tesseract, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to the school for guidance and support.
All applicants pay a non-refundable application fee of $75 at the time the application is submitted.
Registration fee and $1,000 non-refundable enrollment deposit are payable upon signing the enrollment contract. This enrollment deposit is applied to your child’s tuition over the course of the academic year.
Cost (per academic year)
|Early Childhood Two-Day Morning Program
(2-year-old room only)
|Early Childhood Two-Day Full Day Program
(2-year-old room only)
Early Childhood Three-Day Morning Program (2-year-old room only)
Early Childhood Three-Day Full Day Program
(2-year-old room only)
Early Childhood Five-Day Morning Program
Early Childhood Five-Day Full-Day Program
|Grades 1 – 4||$17,600|
*Installment plans are available and outlined in the student contract.
Protect My Tuition Program
Tesseract School is a non-profit organization that must carefully budget to provide the best educational experience possible. Employment agreements and enrollment contracts are entered into well before the beginning of the school year. As a result, the School relies heavily on student contract commitments to meet these needs. Therefore, the School must enforce all enrollment contracts in existence as of May 31. Tesseract offers the Protect My Tuition insurance program for yearly payers and requires enrollment for all installment plan payers. The Protect My Tuition program reduces the financial obligation in the event the student does not remain at the School due to reasons including job transfer of the parent(s), health, or academic or disciplinary discharge, subject to the terms of the program.
Monthly statements will be issued on or about the 3rd business day of each month. All balances are due the first of the next month. The School accepts payment in the form of cash, check, bank draft or credit card. Cash and checks can be directed to the front office. Payment by bank draft or credit card (American Express, Discover and MasterCard) must be made through the School’s website www.tesseractschool.org. The School has contracted with a third party processor to accept payments on our website. This third party charges a 2.75% convenience fee for all credit card transactions.
Students are welcome to bring lunch from home or purchase school lunch. Students desiring school lunch will have the option to purchase school lunch through our online lunch vendors. More details, registration, and payment options are available by clicking here to access Tesseract Lunch Program.
The School offers morning van service. Van Service Enrollment forms can be obtained in the School’s front office. Fees for this service will be billed to your account each semester.
Extended Day and Enrichment Activities
The School offers extended day care both in the morning (from 7:30 a.m. until the start of school) and the afternoon (dismissal until 6:00 p.m.). Fees vary based on the number of weeks. Students who are not enrolled in extended day may participate as a “drop-in” dependent upon availability.
The School also offers many interesting and fun after-school activities and classes as part of its Enrichment Program. Class selections vary throughout the year. Examples include yoga, dance, martial arts, acting, art, Legos, cooking, and crafts. An enrichment packet is available in the School’s front offices and fees will be billed to your student account.
In order to reduce the amount of fees charged to parents for individual field trips, you would see an activity fee charged to your account at the beginning of the school year. This fee covers field trip admission, field trip transportation, technology, annual retreat, morning Extended Day, and Tesseract Parents’ Association dues. The fees for each grade level are as follows:
Early Childhood $475.00
Kindergarten through 4th Grade $500.00
5th through 8th Grade $700.00
Textbook Fee (5th – 8th grade)
Students in grades 5 – 8 are required to purchase textbooks. Used book sell/buy back opportunities will be available for some classes. Textbooks generally range from $150 – $450 per grade.
Class Trips (5th – 8th grade)
Experiential learning makes curriculum come alive, creating excitement for students as they develop new perspectives and make personal connections not possible in the classroom. In Middle School, Tesseract students participate in overnight adventures on grade-level class trips revolving around one or more areas of study. The cost of each trip has historically ranged from approximately $700 – $2,500. A deposit will be billed to your student account in September with the final balance billed in December.
Tesseract awards financial assistance to families, based on demonstrated need, to help offset tuition costs. These awards are drawn from the School’s funds and are not repaid. Families who feel they may qualify for financial assistance are encouraged to begin the admissions application process early. Please remember that applying for financial aid does not guarantee eligibility http://sssbynais.org/parents .