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Tuition Reduction Plan

Independent schools, colleges, and universities have been on a path for some time with a financial model that is not sustainable or accessible. If we really want to reach more families and make impactful change, we have to think differently.

Danielle Heard, Head of School

According to the National Association of Independent Schools, over the last ten years, the average tuition at independent day schools has risen 54%. During the same time period, the U.S. Census Bureau indicates median household incomes have risen only 38%. The disconnect between rising tuition rates and family income correlates with college education increases and has made private schools increasingly beyond reach for most families. While financial aid budgets have also increased notably during this time, in many cases they have not kept pace with the increasing disparities. With the reVision Tuition Plan, Nashoba Brooks is one of the first independent schools in New England to think innovatively about the traditional financial model in order to reduce tuition costs.

The reVision Tuition Plan is the result of careful analysis and discussion on the part of the Board of Trustees to implement the School’s Strategic Directions launched in 2014. Over the past several years, we have committed to assessing our financial model with a focus on creating Inspired Education through innovation, inclusivity, and impact. As one of the key strategic imperatives of this plan, Nashoba Brooks School is committed to building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community by expanding our outreach and making the School more accessible and affordable for families who are a strong fit for our program. 

Starting in the fall of 2021, the new tuition plan will provide three years of visibility into annual tuition costs for Nashoba Brooks families. Over the next three years, Nashoba Brooks will reduce tuition by an average of 5% each year for an average total reduction of 15%. The chart below shows the previous tuition trajectory in red and the new model in blue:
The net impact of these changes is that the average tuition amount in 2023-2024 will be almost $9500 less than it would have been if the School retained its previous financial model and executed typical annual tuition increases of approximately 3.5%. 

This plan is a culmination of years of research and conversations that reflect Nashoba Brooks School’s mission. We have factored the evolving economic environment into our decisions, and decided that now, more than ever, is a critical moment to implement this new financial model. We have a healthy endowment, strong campus development, and, of course, an incredible community of dedicated employees, parents, and students.
We often ask our students to look around them and to think about social needs and how they can create an impact. It is important that our School leadership be a model for our students by thinking critically about what our community needs at large, by taking a stance and helping to create change.

Jevan Jammal, Director of Admission

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the reVision Tuition Plan?

    The reVision Tuition Plan is the result of a 12-month comprehensive review of the School’s financial model by senior administrators with the Board of Trustees. In an effort to make tuition costs more manageable and predictable for families over time and to realign tuition with regional family income levels, the School has instituted a three-year tuition adjustment. Over the next three years, tuition will be reduced by an average of 5% each year for a total average reduction of 15%. The net impact of these changes is that the average tuition amount in 2023-2024 will be almost $9500 less than it would have been if the School retained its previous financial model and executed typical annual tuition increases of approximately 3.5%.
  • What will tuition be for the 2021-22 school year?

    Tuition for the 2021-22 academic year reflects a reduction from 2020-21 tuition by an average of 5%. We are committed to making our school as accessible as possible financially. Please visit our Tuition and Financial Assistance page for information about our financial assistance program.

    Tuition amounts, by grade level, for 2021-22 (not including fees) are listed below.
  • Can you describe the new financial model?

    Most independent schools in the United States have the same key components driving their finances: tuition revenue and annual giving. Some schools, like Nashoba Brooks, are also fortunate to have additional revenue sources such as endowment draw, facilities rentals, and external programs. Our new financial model builds on the strength of our program offerings, and new opportunities created through The Campaign for Our Future’s enhancements to our campus through the Shilling STEAM Lab, flex classrooms, and discovery barn.
  • If you reduce tuition, how will you cover the operational costs of the School?

    The reduction of tuition will not lead to a corresponding reduction in the operating budget of the School, rather the new financial model includes strategies for bridging the difference between previous and future tuition levels. These strategies include increasing the number of students who are able to access our core academic program and auxiliary programs such as Nashoba Brooks ConneX and summer programs; expanding the rentals of the School’s facilities; enhancing the impact of annual giving, and continuing to build the principal funds of our endowment to ensure the financial strength and flexibility of the School; and making our School accessible to more families to deliver on the promise of inspired education for many generations to come.
  • Will there be more fundraising needed to offset costs?

    The new tuition model relies on our community’s continued investment in our mission, our School, our program, our employees, and our students. To achieve our goals, we hope to grow our level of annual giving to 10% of the operating budget. To achieve this goal, we will rely on current donors to maintain or increase their annual contributions to the Nashoba Brooks Fund. It is our hope that families who can afford to, will maintain the level of financial commitment that they would have contributed via tuition and direct these dollars to higher levels of annual giving. With a greater number of families enrolled in the School, we anticipate a natural increase in the number of donors and in total dollars raised through annual giving.
  • Why did Nashoba decide to do this? Why now?

    After a year of thoughtful consideration of our tuition strategy, several factors led us to believe that this is the right time to move forward. First, we have several foundational elements in place as a School, including:
    • A strong financial foundation (healthy endowment growth, expanding non-tuition revenue sources, etc.).
    • Excellent infrastructure to sustain an enhanced academic program, especially with the support of The Campaign for Our Future (flex classrooms, Shilling STEAM Lab, discovery barn). 
    • Strong demand for our academic program.
    • A talented, dedicated, and creative group of teachers.
    Second, this new strategy is a natural next step toward living our core values of integrity, collaboration, inclusivity, empathy, and resilience. Nashoba Brooks is committed to building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community by expanding our outreach and making the School more accessible and affordable for families who are a strong fit for our program.
  • Is the goal to increase enrollment? Will there be a change in the number of teachers?

    The reVision Tuition Plan does include a modest increase in enrollment as well as a more efficient use of resources, while maintaining excellent student:teacher ratios.
  • How will this affect financial assistance?

    If we are committed to providing excellence, we also need to ensure our School is accessible and affordable for more students and families. The strongest educational foundations are those that include a variety of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences. By reducing our current level of tuition, we anticipate that more families will be able to cover the full cost of tuition. This will allow us to reallocate financial assistance dollars to meet the demonstrated need of more families, thereby increasing the number of students who are able to attend Nashoba Brooks School.
  • Have other schools implemented a similar model effectively?

    Several colleges, universities, and independent schools across the country have taken a similarly bold step to rethink their approaches to setting tuition. At Nashoba Brooks, we spent more than a year reviewing national trends, local market research and demographic data, examples from colleges and universities, and case studies from independent schools taking innovative approaches to addressing unsustainable financial models. We have benefited from the insights of schools and colleges that have preceded us, and have focused on creating a model that will be more predictable and sustainable over time.
  • When did this planning for this change begin?

    In 2014, Nashoba Brooks launched our Strategic Directions with a commitment to creating Inspired Education through innovation, inclusivity, and impact. As a school committed to providing excellent education, it is imperative that we maintain diversity of perspectives and experiences within our community, and ensure that our School is affordable for as many students and families as possible. For this reason, the Board chose to focus on tuition as an opportunity to move our strategic goals forward. The process has been ongoing for the last 12-18 months.
  • What are the goals of this program? How will you define success?

    The goal of this program is to make a Nashoba Brooks education more accessible to a broader range of families across the socioeconomic spectrum at a time when we have also enhanced the offerings in our program through the Shilling STEAM Lab, Nashoba Brooks ConneX, summer programs, and the discovery barn. Our success will be evident in the increased socioeconomic diversity of our community and continued philanthropic support dedicated to sustaining inspired education at Nashoba Brooks for future generations.
Situated on a beautiful 30-acre campus in historic Concord, Massachusetts, Nashoba Brooks School enrolls all genders in Preschool through Grade 3, and students identifying as girls in Grades 4 through 8. Nashoba Brooks is an independent school designed to build community, character, and confidence in its students.
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