Financial Contribution Philosophy Overview
The culture of an ALC is rooted in trust. We are committed to developing relationships of trust with students, among the facilitators, and certainly with our families. Wildwood ALC is primarily supported through the contributions paid by its families. In determining this process, we’ve focused on a few important ideas — program sustainability, trust, access, and responsibility. By trusting families to be generous and reasponsible we increase our accessibility & sustainability. We are always assessing our fee process to make sure we’re being responsible to our current families and to the future health of the program.
Overall, we ask for less than other similar programs in the area. Currently, we need an average of approximately $2700-$3600 per year (which averages our to $300- $400 per month for 9 months) per child to run our program, with some families paying more and others less, depending on their ability. Our community aims for diversity and seeks to be available to people based on fit, not income level, so we work to provide scholarships and reduced fees to families that need it. Families paying in the above needed range only covers our most basic costs and does not support scholarships/reduced fees for families who need it. In order to provide financial assistance, we count on families to give generously (larger contributions may be tax-deductible) and/or provide support with ongoing fundraising. *Please let us know if you are unable to meet this current average amount and would like to see if reduced fees or scholarships are available.
Wildwood is open 3 days a week starting the beginning of September through mid May with breaks for holidays, spring break and occasional closures for inclement weather. Keep in mind that fees cover the cost of running the entire program and although you may make monthly installment payments, we do not pro-rate partial months or when you are unable to attend.