Admissions Information

Our admissions policies are meant to reflect the Quaker values of simplicity, truth and equality as we seek to create a diverse learning community. We seek students with academic promise who will benefit from our learning experience and contribute distinctly to the vitality of the school. We are also committed to creating a community that is balanced in gender, ethnicity, race, family structure and economic status.

Children are invited to visit the school to determine the best possible placement.

The admissions and financial aid applications deadline was February 10. We are no longer accepting applications with financial aid requests. We continue to accept other applications for classes that have openings. Please contact our admissions coordinator, Kelli Moore, for more information.

Application Procedures

Our youngest students are four years old by September of the calendar year in which they seek enrollment.

A complete application should include:

  • A completed application for admission form
  • A teacher evaluation form completed by the child's current teacher or caretaker, sent directly to the school
  • A non-refundable application fee of $80
  • A copy of the student's academic records for the current year and two prior years, sent directly to the school
  • A copy of any psychological evaluation
  • A ½-day student visit to one of our classrooms

The admissions and financial aid applications deadline was February 10. We are no longer accepting 2014–15 applications with financial aid requests. We continue to accept other applications for classes that have openings. Please contact our admissions coordinator, Kelli Moore, for more information.

If you are applying for financial aid, we strongly recommend that you complete the financial aid application as soon as possible. In order to begin the financial aid process, all prospective parents are directed to complete the Student Financial Aid form on the NAIS (National Accreditation for Independent Schools) website at www.sss.nais.org. The Friends School of Atlanta code is 3284. Our financial aid process is designed to assist families based upon financial need. For further details and questions about financial aid, contact our Director of Finance, Elsie Santway, by phone at 404-373-8746 x8140, or via email at elsie.santway@friendsschoolatlanta.org.

Thank you so much for your interest and application to The Friends School of Atlanta!

FSA will notify families about enrollment and financial aid via letter mailed out April 4 and families will have until April 17 to return signed contracts and deposits in order to secure enrollment for the 2014–15 school year. Activity fees are due by June 1. Please note that applications for admission will be accepted after the due date on a space available basis, but financial aid applications must have been received by the due date to receive first priority.

The Friends School of Atlanta is a member of AAAIS, the Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools. As such, we follow these Principles of Good Practice.

Diversity in Learning

The Friends School of Atlanta is a mainstream educational environment that strives to deliver excellent academics to a diverse classroom community. In addition to economic, religious, racial, and cultural diversity, our classrooms contain students with a diversity of learning styles and abilities, including a limited number of students who require additional support for a range of mild learning disabilities as well as students who require additional academic challenge in order to learn at the optimal level of engagement.

Students at FSA learn at different paces, have a variety of passions and gifts, and enjoy different aspects of the school day from hands-on science to dramatic performance to recess games to reading workshop to art workshop. This diverse learning environment has been successful in helping students develop individual potential in a nurturing, cooperative environment.

FSA has a low teacher to student ratio and classroom teachers who understand how to differentiate instruction within a mainstream classroom setting. As a small school, FSA has an excellent but limited part-time support staff, including two learning specialists, two inclusion teachers and two school counselors, available to provide a small number of students with targeted educational or counseling intervention. Our school does not, however, have occupational therapists or other specialists who are trained to address a broad range of learning needs or particular disabilities and disorders.

Tuition

For the 2014–15 academic year, tuition is as follows:

Age by September 1 Tuition
4yrs. $ 16,150
5–7 yrs. $ 17,400
8–9 yrs. $ 17,900
5th–8th grades $ 18,600
Other Costs

In order to allow for accurate planning, a non-refundable deposit of 15% of total tuition is due with your signed contract.

Aftercare and Afterschool Club fees are not included in the tuition or activity fees. Aftercare fees—$14 per day, or $11 per day for families receiving financial aid—are billed separately at the end of each month based on daily usage; Club fees must be paid in advance. View the most current club brochure below. The cost of Aftercare following an Afterschool Club is half of the full day rate.

Activity Fees

Activity fees are designed to support class field trips and other classroom activities and to relieve the fundraising burden on classroom teachers and parents for these activities. Financial aid does not apply to activity fees; the fee will be added to the financial aid recipient's total tuition amount. The activity fee for all age groups is $225 and is due in full by June 1, or may be financed along with tuition.

Family Discounts

In an effort to reward and support families with more than one child enrolled, a family discount of three percent (3%) of the second and/or following child's tuition will be given. When the oldest child graduates, the oldest remaining child will resume payment of full tuition. Financial aid recipients are not eligible for family discounts.

Mid-year Enrollees

After October 14, students entering the school will have their tuition prorated according to the remaining school days of the academic year.

Payment Plans

The school's regular payment schedule requires that the balance of tuition and activity fees (total tuition and activity fees less the 15% enrollment deposit submitted with your signed contract) is paid is due in full by June 1. The school offers families the option of an extended payment plan through an outside service, Smart Tuition, whereby the balance is paid monthly from May 1 through the end of the following January. A setup fee and a 5% finance charge will be included in the total amount billed. The school also accepts payment through a lending institution called Your Tuition Solution that offers longer term education loans.

Families are expected to keep their account current at all times. Families must notify the school of their chosen payment method in the enrollment contract.

Financial Assistance

In keeping with our commitment to diversity, The Friends School of Atlanta seeks a student body that represents varied economic backgrounds. Once a student has been accepted for admission, financial aid is determined and renewed on the basis of demonstrated need without regard to gender identity, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or family structure.

The financial aid program is guided by our belief that parents have an obligation to pay the educational expense of their children to the extent that they are able. The purpose of aid is to fill the gap between the actual cost of a year’s tuition and what a family can realistically be expected to pay. Financial aid in one year does not guarantee financial aid in subsequent years.

To help determine a family's contribution, we use an outside service that helps us look at the relative needs of all financial aid applicants. To apply for financial assistance, you must complete the Student Financial Aid form on the NAIS School and Student Services website. FSA's SSS Code is 3284.

The admissions and financial aid applications deadline for 2014–15 was February 10. We are no longer accepting applications with financial aid requests. We continue to accept other applications for classes that have openings. Please contact our admissions coordinator, Kelli Moore, for more information.

Refund Policy

Because the school incurs expenses immediately upon a family's commitment to enroll a child for the academic year, families are obligated to pay the full amount of tuition due under the Enrollment Contract unless they notify the school in writing. Refunds will be made according to the following scale. The enrollment deposit is non-refundable.

Withdrawal Date % Tuition Refunded
Written request received prior to April 1 33%
Written request received after April 1
(regardless of enrollment date)
0%

Late Fees

A five percent (5%) late fee will be charged for payments received more than five (5) days after the due date. Payments more than thirty (30) days in arrears will be subject to a finance charge of 1.75% (annual rate of 21%). These fees apply to all invoices. Payments will always be applied to the late fees first, then the invoice most in arrears.

Fees for late pickup of your student(s) from Aftercare will be charged according to the following schedule: $10 from 6:01pm to 6:15pm; $1 per minute from 6:16pm forward. Aftercare fees will be billed.

Policy on Nonpayment

It is the policy of the school to enforce the payment obligation under the Enrollment Contract by all legal remedies available. If at any time a family's account is more than ninety (90) days past due, the school will terminate services to the child. If tuition payments and/or other fees (Aftercare, etc.) for the prior academic year have not been paid in full, the child(ren) will not be permitted to attend in the upcoming academic year.

Upcoming Calendar

Thu Nov 27

Late fall holiday; School closed

Thru: Thru 11/28/2014
Sat Dec 6

Admissions Open House 10am–12pm

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Sat Jan 10

Admissions open house

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Sat Feb 7

Admissions open house

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Mon Feb 9

Contracts due back from returning families and enrollment; Financial Aid applications deadline for new families; Applications deadline for new families

Fri Feb 13

Late winter break; School closed

Thru: Thru 2/16/2015
Thu Mar 5

2015–16 MS Applicant Visitation Day (tentative)

Mon Mar 9

Staff Development day; No school for students

Thu Mar 12

2015–16 MS Applicant Visitation Day (tentative)

Wed May 13

Meeting for rising 5th grade families

Time: 8:15am