Mountain Academy

Teton Science Schools is instating a flexible tuition model for its split-campus elementary and secondary school, Mountain Academy.

It might feel early to be thinking about the next school year already, but if you're looking ahead, Mountain Academy has opened its application process for the 2020-21 year.

The split-campus Teton Science Schools institution has also instated a flexible tuition model for the next school year. Under the model, tuition will be set based on an applicant family's ability to pay and income level.

“Families are making huge sacrifices right now. Education shouldn’t have to be one of them,” Head of School Michelle Heaton said in a press release.

According to the school's website, the flexible tuition model will charge between $1,250 and $25,100 for each student. Philanthropy, grants and scholarships make it so those amounts are less than the actual cost to educate a student, the website says.

Applicants are evaluated independently of their ability to pay tuition. The flexible tuition model application does carry a $51 fee that all families must pay.

Teton Science Schools says that 48% of students already receive some kind of financial aid to afford the tuition.

"This new model will ensure that families at all income levels are able to afford the kind of evidence-based, progressive education that we offer and that every student who could thrive in this innovative way of learning has access to it,” Heaton said in the press release.

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Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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