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Our Admission Team

General Inquiry: admissions@woodland-school.org

Melanie Rothenberg

Titles: Director of Admission and Financial Aid
Phone Numbers:
School: 650-285-5229

Caroline Wheeler

Titles: Admission Associate

Tuition and Financial Aid


Annual Tuition: 2019-2020 Rates

  • Early Childhood (PS-PK): $24,500 
  • Lower School (K-4): $28,097 
  • Middle School (5-8): $29,804

Books, field trips and most school supplies are included in the annual tuition.

Miscellaneous expenses
Woodland School does require a uniform dress code. Uniforms should be purchased online at Land's End prior to the beginning of school and are not included in tuition. Woodland has a Gently Used Uniform Closet that families share uniforms as they outgrown them to trade and swap uniform pieces.

Middle School families are asked to provide a laptop for all students in grades 5-8. 

Woodland School’s hot lunch program is provided by Taste Nutrition Services. Families may order online as needed with small or large portions, vegetarian and Gluten Free options available. Hot lunch service is not included in tuition.

Tuition Payment Options

Woodland School has contracted with FACTS Tuition Management to help manage your payment tuition plans and extended care billing. Woodland School has also made arrangements to offer the protection of tuition refund insurance with Dewar Insurance.

Tuition Deposit – Upon your child's acceptance to Woodland School, a tuition deposit of $2,000 is due to reserve their space at Woodland for the fall regardless of which payment plan you choose. For families choosing either Payment Plan B or C, Dewar Tuition Refund Insurance is required.

Financial Aid

Woodland School is committed to serving an economically diverse community of students. Our financial aid process honors that commitment by making a Woodland education affordable to all who are qualified, regardless of their financial resources.

In order to be considered for need-based financial aid, families must complete the School and Student Services' (SSS) Parent's Financial Statement (PFS). In addition, families will also need to upload their 2017 and 2018 tax return to the SSS site. There is a $51 application fee to apply, which may be waived dependent on the family's financial circumstances.

December 1, 2018 4-5pm
January 12, 2019 4-5pm

Woodland offers optional workshops to help families navigate the application process and to have your questions answered prior to submitting the PFS. A review of the application requirements followed by a group Question and Answer session will be offered at each workshop. You will also have a chance to meet one-on-one with a member from the financial aid committee to address individual needs. 

To reserve a spot at these workshops, we ask you to send an email to: admissions@woodland-school.org. Please provide your name, date you wish to attend, and any specific questions you have about financial aid. 

Financial Aid Links
Woodland Financial Aid Checklist
School for Student Services (SSS)
Tax Form 4506-T

Financial Aid FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How do families apply for financial aid?

Woodland uses School and Student Services to process Financial Aid applications. You may apply by visiting the SSS website for Families at http://sssbynais.org/parents and clicking "Complete Your PFS."

Will applying for aid hinder my child's chances of getting into Woodland?

No. Admission applications are read without regard for a family’s ability to pay. 

How is the amount of an award determined?

We use information from the School and Student Services for Financial Assistance (SSS), along with materials each family sends directly to us as the basis for calculating the size of the award. SSS makes a need assessment using information that families provide through a standardized form.

Can we apply for financial aid after we have enrolled?

Yes. We ask that you apply for financial aid with your application for admission. In the event your family situation has changed, you are welcome to apply for financial aid after enrollment. If you qualify - and funds are available - financial aid may be awarded.

How much money will I receive and will I receive the same amount every year?

The amount of money you receive depends on your need and the number of other families requesting assistance. If your financial circumstances remain the same, you can generally expect to receive approximately the same size award each year. For example, if you initially received half the total tuition and there is no change in your financial situation, you will most likely receive half of the total tuition again the next year that you apply.

If we apply for financial aid and do not receive an award, can we re-apply?

Yes. You may re-apply each year for financial aid, especially if your family situation has changed.

Do I make too much money to apply for financial aid?

Award decision evaluations are based on income, expenses, assets, and liabilities. Each family’s financial situation is different, and income alone is not a good indicator of whether you will qualify for assistance. We encourage you to apply.

How do new users set up an account with SSS?

To create a new account, please visit the SSS Website for Families at http://sssbynais.org/parents and clicking "Complete Your PFS." 

Parents can create an account by clicking on "Create An Account" on the left side of the Family Portal login page. You will be asked to provide some profile information as well as answers to security questions which will be used to assist in re-setting your password should you need to do so in the future. You then will be emailed a link to create a new password. If you don't see the email in your inbox, you should check your junk mail and spam folders.

Please note the person you list in your account profile when logging in for the first time will automatically be listed as Parent A on the PFS and cannot be changed. While Parent A does not need to be the head of household, it does need to be the name of a custodial parent and NOT the student applicant.

Will my family be known as a "financial aid family" in the community if we apply for and are awarded aid?

No. The financial aid process is confidential. Students, parents and faculty members do not know which families receive awards.

Can I contact SSS for support?

Yes. If you are having issues with accessing or creating accounts, please call SSS Support at 800-344-8328.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the Financial Aid process and/or forms?

Please contact our Director of Admission and Financial Aid at admissions@woodland-school.org.

Key Dates for Financial Aid

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