Early Withdrawal from Geneva
When families enroll a child, they commit to pay the expenses of the student for the full year. At the same time, the school commits resources (teacher salaries, supplies, etc.) to teach that same child. The school plans and allocates funds based on enrollment. When parents withdraw a student early, it breaks their commitment and introduces a financial challenge to the school, which must still meet its obligations. Therefore, an Early Withdrawal (“EW”) Fee will apply to students withdrawn early. Past due accounts must be made current to the time of withdrawal, and then the fee will be applied.
|Time of Withdrawal||Fee|
|Before July 1st (July 1 is when the first tuition payment for the school year is due)||No extra fee is assessed but the Enrollment Fee is not refunded. (If pre-paid, Testing and Activity Fees are refunded.)|
|Between July 1st and July 31st||Enrollment Fee is not refunded. (If pre-paid, Testing and Activity Fees are refunded.) EW Fee for a K-6 student: $450. EW Fee for a 7-12 student: $500. Tuition already paid will be applied to the fee. Excess tuition paid will be refunded.|
|Between August 1st and August 31st||Enrollment Fee is not refunded. (If pre-paid, Testing and Activity Fees are refunded.) EW Fee for a K-6 student: $900. EW Fee for a 7-12 student: $1000. Tuition already paid will be applied to the fee. Excess tuition paid will be refunded.|
|On or after September 1st||Enrollment, Testing, and Activity Fees are not refunded. EW Fee for K-12: 50% of the remaining school year’s tuition, assuming the account is current. Tuition already paid will be applied to the fee. Excess tuition paid will be refunded.|
Exceptions to the policy:
In cases of financial hardship: If the Early Withdrawal Fee would exacerbate financial difficulties, a family may submit to the Board, with supporting documentation, a request for a fee waiver.
When a family anticipates the possibility of a move (or other cause of withdrawal) but won’t know until late summer: Families in these situations should start communicating in writing with the school office as soon as the possibility arises. The school may hold off on purchasing some items and will delay counting that student in decisions regarding staff. Such communications help minimize the school’s commitment of resources. If a family has thus communicated with the school and withdraws before Teacher Inservice (which usually starts around August 20) the Testing and Activity Fees (if pre-paid) and tuition will be refunded and there will be no early withdrawal fee. The Enrollment Fee, however, will not be refunded. After the start of Inservice, the fees stated above will apply.