Voluntary Equitable Tuition (VET) is an opportunity for families and community members to contribute to socio-economic diversity at Magnolia Montessori as well as an opportunity to practice equity, generosity and mutual aid, all central values of our school. We know that all children benefit from Montessori education, regardless of their families’ means.
Magnolia functions in the spirit of Dr. Montessori herself, whose work centered around serving society’s poorest children, from her first Casa dei Bambini in Rome in 1907 through her work in India during World War II. As a private school, Magnolia currently relies on tuition income as its main source of funding. Therefore, tuition assistance is critical to increasing and maintaining socio-economic diversity because it affords a discount to families who would otherwise be unable to pay the required tuition. VET is one way to provide tuition assistance, while giving families with more economic means the opportunity to meaningfully, materially contribute to our school’s principle of Equity.
We ask families to self-determine a monthly amount relative to your means, taking into consideration the value you place on a Magnolia Montessori education as well as your commitment to an equitable, diverse school. In short, the VET amount is meant to represent the difference between the minimum required tuition and the total value of a Magnolia Montessori education.
The VET amount each family or community member chooses is:
considered a donation
tax-deductible (for those who itemize their taxes)
Open to the public and extended family members
How does VET work?
Each family is expected to pay tuition based on their income, following the Equitable Tuition Model (rolled out in 2020/21). Even using this model, high income families pay a lower percentage of their income than low income families.If you are able, we hope that you will commit to contributing a recurring donation, per month to help subsidize the scholarships we provide. The donation amount will be auto-debited monthly from a bank or credit account of your choosing.