Thank you for your interest in River Song!
Our tuition rates reflect the high quality Waldorf early childhood experience families expect. These rates allow us to hire and support fully-trained Waldorf teachers, as well provide low child to teacher ratios, healthy snacks, and high quality toys and equipment. We offer a tuition assistance option, participate in UPK (Universal Preschool), and accept CCAP as ways to help offset these costs to families.
River Song Waldorf School is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving families from all economic and cultural backgrounds. We do not discriminate in any way, shape or form. In fact, we welcome you and your children with loving arms, a spritely song, and the perfect cup of camomile tea!
A one-time, non-refundable $125 deposit is required upon accepting a preschool or kindergarten opening, which will then be applied to your first month’s tuition.
A one-time $50 registration fee will be added to your first month’s invoice to help cover the time of the teachers to schedule home visits and parent meetings prior to your child joining their class.
2024 – 2025 Tuition Rates
Effective: August 1, 2024 – May 31, 2025
Preschool Tuition (8:00am-1:00pm)
2 days ~ Thursday/Friday: $585/mo
3 days ~ Monday-Wednesday: $838/mo
5 days ~ Monday-Friday: $1,236/mo
Preschool After Care (1:00-5:30pm):
Please note: Children who are not fully potty-trained may not stay past 4:00pm due to teacher constraints and being close to 100% outdoors for that last bit of the day.
2 days ~ Thursday/Friday: $264/mo
3 days ~ Monday-Wednesday: $377/mo
5 days ~ Monday-Friday: $556/mo
Kindergarten Tuition (8:00-2:00)
5 days ~ $835/mo
Kindergarten After Care (2:00-5:30pm)
We have a one-time materials fee of $250, ($31.25/mo). (Kindergarten only). This covers all materials for larger projects the children will be working on, class materials they’ll be able to take home at the end of the year, as well as entrance fees for Adventure Days.
After School Abloom (7-12 year olds)
Monday – Thursday ~ $22/day (3:30-6:00pm)
Fridays ~ $42/day (12:50-6:00pm)
School-out all day camp ~ $80/day (8:30-5:00pm)
We have a materials/activity fee up to $100/school year, based on how many days your child is in attendance. Friday attendance will incur a higher fee as it will include any costs associated with a paid adventure (swimming, trampoline parks, farm, etc).
River Song Waldorf School provides preschool and childcare services to all families in our diverse community in Northern Colorado. We strive to meet the needs of single parent families, families in economic or educational transition and families whose income is less than 80% of the median income in Fort Collins.
How Tuition Assistance Works
Tuition Assistance is available on a first come first serve basis to families whose income is less than 80% of the median income in Fort Collins. To determine your family’s eligibility, please see the Director.
All families will be contacted regarding eligibility criteria and asked for supporting documentation at certain times during the year, including prior to enrollment. Income and personal data will be kept in strictest confidence. Once documentation has been received, it will be determined if you qualify for a discount up to 30% based on income. More may be available dependent on funds as well as temporary financial assistance in times of emergency.
In the 24-25 school year, our guidelines will go above the 80% threshold to be more inclusive with our increasing rates. This would apply to those not eligible for Colorado’s Universal Preschool Program.
Please note: We also accept children who do not meet the income criteria given above. As we’ve said, all families are welcome!
Universal Preschool (UPK)
River Song Waldorf School is excited to be able to participate in Colorado’s Universal Preschool Program. This program will cover up to 15 hours of preschool for all Colorado children who turn 4 by 10/1/24 (for the 2024-2025 school year).
How It Works
Families will apply to the UPK program starting in February or March each year (based on when they open the application portal). On your UPK application, you’ll indicate you currently attend River Song Waldorf School and put us down as your first choice. UPK will pay a set amount towards your child’s monthly tuition. For children in attendance more than 15 hours per week, this will show up as a credit and parents will be responsible for the remaining tuition, up to our normal rates. Summer care is not covered by UPK (August-May only).
PLEASE DO NOT MARK DOWN RIVER SONG ON YOUR UPK APPLICATION UNLESS YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN GIVEN A SPOT AT THE SCHOOL
Note: UPK will cover 100% of tuition for those enrolled in our M-W half-day and Th/F full-day programs. As we do incur a financial loss with this program, UPK spots for both those schedules are limited and granted to currently enrolled families first.
Please reach out with any questions!