There are many things to take into account in choosing a school, but the most important by far is how it will fit with your child's needs. School is a critical social and emotional environment for your child's formative years. Spring Street International School is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that welcomes students and families of all ethnic, economic, religious, and racial backgrounds.
Our students are individualistic, adaptable, outspoken and inquisitive about the world and their place in it. They are intellectually curious students who see learning as a joy and a challenge. They contribute positively to the school community. They are taught to think critically and not to fear a controversial view, as long as it can be articulated and defended. — Louis Prussack, Head of School
Dear Students, Families, and Friends,
Spring Street International School (SSIS) is a close-knit community dedicated to helping students from diverse backgrounds find their voices and passion to learn. Being a small school gives our highly committed faculty the freedom to work closely with students and their families, adapting the middle and high school experience for individual interests and aspirations.
The spark when a student discovers what ignites them to learn does not always happen in a classroom. SSIS programs bring students into the field to discover: the biology of regional habitats, the physics of local currents, the power of theatre, the physical and mental demands of expeditions near and far, and the sharing of cultural experience through art and language.
Since 1995, the measures of our success are in graduating critical thinkers, collaborators, and engaged learners, confident to navigate their own futures with intellectual curiosity, the courage to take risks, and a deep respect for the cultural diversity and inherent beauty of the world around them.
To learn about our day and boarding programs, please reach out by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-378-6393 ext. 102.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Director of Admissions
Determining Student Needs
We welcome the opportunity to meet and talk with you about Spring Street International School. We offer multiple ways to discover more about our school: family visits including tour and conversation with Krista Strutz in Admissions and Louis Prussack, Head of School, "A Day at Spring Street" student visits, and telephone or video conferences.
SSIS strives to achieve a gender balance, as well as a diversity of personalities and interests. Because of its small class sizes, we are also able to support significant diversity in the learning styles of our student body.
When evaluating a student for admission, we consider:
Desire to engage academically, experientially, and creatively
Observations during the student's visit
Parental understanding of and support for Spring Street's mission
Admissions staff will arrange a school day visit for students interested in applying to SSIS. Potential students will spend a full day at SSIS with a host buddy in the same grade, going to classes, eating lunch together and sharing in the Spring Street experience.
International applicants: please go to the International section.
To inquire about an opening or to schedule a school tour please call the Admissions Office at 360 378-6393 ext. #102 or e-mail email@example.com.
Tuition: US Students 2019-2020
5-day boarding: $38,300
7-day boarding: $41,400
1. Submit a complete application packet. The application fee is $50 (non-refundable.)
Parent & Student Questionnaire
3. Schedule a Student Interview and Skills Assessment.
4. Schedule a parent visit.
February 1, 2019
• Application Due - applications submitted after February 1 will be considered on a rolling admissions basis.
• Indexed Tuition Application for SSS Due
April 5, 2019
- Acceptance e-notificiation.
April 12, 2019
- Day contracts due.
April 16, 2019
- Boarding contracts due.
Indexed Tuition (IT) is the tuition affordability model at SSIS for day students. The purpose of IT is to sustain socio-economic diversity in our school community. We know that sustaining diversity depends on an inclusive community and that creating an inclusive environment is our shared responsibility. We are committed to working individually with families to help make our school an affordable option through Indexed Tuition, which takes into account a family's ability to pay.
If families wish to apply to pay tuition below the top of the index, they must register with School and Student Services (SSS) by the National Association of Independent Schools. We are strongly committed to helping families in need as best we can, and SSS will assist our analysis by giving us a commonly defined, objective process. Please note that SSS does not provide SSIS with any funds. It is merely an analysis service that helps determines the level of need.
Should every family submit an IT application? - No. Only families who feel they are unable to pay full tuition should submit an application.
Do families apply yearly for IT? - Yes. Families must submit a new application each school year and tuition may be adjusted (up or down) depending on a family's demonstrated need.
Will my personal information be protected? - The school works with families individually and respectfully, maintaining confidential information carefully.
What if parents are divorced? - Financial information is received from both custodial parents/guardians in divorced/separated families.
Where do IT funds come from? - The Indexed Tuition budget is comprised of funds from the annual operating budget which primarily come from tuition and donations.
Applying Online with School and Student Services (SSS)
Go to the PFS Website, click the green "Complete Your PFS" tab at the top of the page, then click the link to "Create an Account."
For more information, see the PFS Frequently Asked Questions. If you need assistance, please call the SSS helpline at 1-800-344-8328
The online filing fee is $51. School code 1171
GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR FAMILIES APPLYING FOR INDEXED TUITION
The following principles reflect the standards of equity and fairness SSIS and SSS embrace and the collaborative nature of the financial aid process for yielding the best result that works for our families.
1. The family seeks to apply for aid only after it has determined its own resources are insufficient to cover school costs and has exhausted the potential resources and options available to it.
2. The family is proactive in seeking information and answers to questions related to the financial aid process directly from the school.
3. The family is open and honest when completing financial aid applications and when providing any supporting documentation.
4. The family adheres to school deadlines and documentation submission requirements.
5. The family submits true and accurate tax-related documentation, such as the 1040 when required by the school.
6. The family is responsive to school requests for additional information to support the application.
7. The family understands that the school is not obligated to provide financial assistance, even if the family shows eligibility for it.
8. The family is respectful in communications with the school's financial aid staff and administrators.
9. The family uses school-established channels for disputing or appealing a financial aid decision.
10. The family is discreet about disclosing its financial aid outcomes.
11. The family respects the privacy of other families who choose not to disclose their financial aid details or outcomes.
12. The family works to the best of its ability to arrange its financial resources to pay any determined family contribution in the timeline prescribed by the school.
SSIS has partnered with FACTS Management Company to help us manage our tuition payment program. FACTS will process and track all tuition payments for families choosing to pay on an installment plan.
If you do not pay your tuition in full, you are required to use FACTS.
FACTS Confirmation Notice
Once your information is received and processed by FACTS, you will receive a FACTS Confirmation Notice. This notice will confirm your payment plan information. Please check this information for accuracy, and contact SSIS or FACTS with any discrepancies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is my information secure?
Yes. Your personal information, including payment information, is protected with the highest security standards in the industry. For more information on security, visit FACTSmgt.com/Security-Compliance.
When will my payments be due?
Your payment schedule is set by your school, and your financial institution will decide the time of day your payments are processed.
What happens when my payment falls on a weekend or a holiday?
Your payment will be processed on the next business day.
What happens if a payment is returned?
Returned payments may be subject to a FACTS returned payment fee. Watch for a returned payment notice for additional information.
How do I make changes once my agreement is on the FACTS system?
Changes to your address, phone number, email address, or banking information can be made at Online.FACTSmgt.com or by contacting your school or FACTS. Any changes to payment dates or amounts need to be approved by the school and the school will then need to notify FACTS. All changes must be received by FACTS at least two business days prior to the automatic payment date in order to affect the upcoming payment.
What is the cost to set up a payment plan?
If an enrollment fee is due, the amount of the fee is indicated when setting up your agreement. If applicable, the nonrefundable FACTS enrollment fee will be automatically processed within 14 days of the agreement being posted to the FACTS system.
FACTS Customer Service
We are committed to doing all we can to provide you with the highest quality customer service in the industry. Whether you want to view your account online or speak with one of our highly trained customer service representatives, FACTS is dedicated to serving you. To view your payment plan details, log in to your FACTS account at Online.FACTSmgt.com. Customer Care Representatives are also available to assist you 24/7.