It is an investment in your child’s future and it is a financial investment that requires a big commitment. We understand that and know the decision to attend a private school does not come lightly.
Our students and families come from many different communities, a wide range of economic backgrounds and represent the rich cultural diversity of our area.
Smart Tuition accounts are created when you complete your child’s enrollment contract. Smart Tuition (also known as Blackbaud Tuition Management) is a tuition management application providing parents with online account access, online payment processing, a mobile app, and other features. Tuition payments are made through Smart Tuition by bank account deduction or credit card.
West Side offers the option of paying in full or utilizing a payment plan. If you choose to pay in full, the payment is made by the date specified on your Enrollment Agreement. If you choose the payment plan, the tuition can typically be divided into 10 monthly payments.
For more information about the admission process, click here.
Tuition Payment Security Measures
Physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards include:
All payment data is transmitted using 256-bit encryption through a VPN network
The WSM Board of Trustees allocates and supports a limited amount of tuition assistance for families who would not be able to join our community without such help. Priority is given to students who are kindergarten and above.
To apply for tuition assistance, use the Smart Aid online aid application at smartaidforparents.com. WSM's SmartAid ID is 14462.
You will be guided through the remaining pages. To be considered in the first round of funding, please complete your application prior to February 1. The WSM Tuition Assistance Committee will review the information after your child is accepted at WSM and the tuition deposit is received.
Families with varying incomes are eligible for assistance. In a recent year grants were awarded as follows:
The Scrip Program allows families to “earn” money for tuition by purchasing gift certificates from national and local merchants through Northwest Ohio Scrip Association. The merchants provide a discount percentage that is then applied as a credit toward a family's tuition.
Each family must have an established and current Smart Tuition payment account. All payments must be current for the child to start.
The tuition deposit and Smart Tuition fees are non-refundable.
Families who withdraw any child prior to July 1, forfeit the tuition deposit. Additional tuition paid shall be refunded.
Families who withdraw any child between July 1 and the first day of school forfeit the tuition deposit plus 10% of the remaining tuition.
In order to assess readiness for school, children who are new to Little House may be withdrawn by November 1, with an obligation to pay only the tuition deposit plus a prorated share of the remaining tuition based on the number of days enrolled. Additional tuition paid shall be refunded.
For children new to West Side Montessori in Children’s House through Middle School levels, there is a six-week orientation and evaluation period. During this time, the child may be withdrawn with an obligation to pay only the tuition deposit plus 20% of the remaining tuition.
Families with children enrolled in Little House can decrease the number of program days or decrease from full to half day once without financial penalty. Children enrolled in Children’s House programs can decrease from full to half day once without financial penalty. Tuition will be adjusted accordingly. Additional changes in the program are charged at $35 per change.
Families who withdraw a child returning to Little House through middle school levels after the first day of school, but prior to November 1, are obligated to pay the tuition deposit plus 50% of the remaining tuition.
Families who withdraw a child between November 1 and January 5 are obligated to pay the tuition deposit plus 75% of the remaining tuition.
Families who withdraw after January 5, are obligated to pay 100% of the annual tuition.
No tuition adjustments will be made for illness, extended vacations, or gross violations of school policy, nor will the school permit students to decrease the number of program days or decrease from full to a half day prior to withdrawal in order to reduce tuition owed. The school complies with federal laws regarding military deployment.
West Side Montessori is an independent, accredited Montessori school educating children 13 months through 8th grade (preschool, kindergarten, elementary school and middle school). We are one of the leading private schools in Toledo, and the nation.