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#1 of 5 Old 04-21-2006, 09:12 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi all!
WE are thinking about sending our boys (4 and 2.5) to our M school here. I love the school, love the people. We have gone thru the "interview", etc.
So my question is how can I do it fianacially. I work 30 hours so we can pay our bills and get out of debt. We could swing the tuition with difficulty. Never saving a penny and living as frugally as we have in the past.
My big plan was always to work a lot this year and have another babe. How could I and still pay for school. And the the tuition for 3 is outrageous. How do you all do it??
I know what I don't want for kids and I really love the M school but how could i ever have another??
Just need to ramble and maybe hear your struggles with making the pollunge and what helped make your decision for you...
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Hi!
If you are able to get a job at the school, they will give you a partial or full break on tuition.
Or
they may have discounts for enrolling more than one child.
Or
maybe a Public M in your area?

My sweetie and I have a lovely little lady 07/02 and 3 cats
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This is probably not the answer you want to hear, but if you don't have a public M in your area, would you consider moving? I know that must sound like a huge upheaval, but it could really pay off in the long run, esp with 3. Some friends of ours who are committed Montessorians with large families moved precisely for this reason...
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Thanks for the input. The only public M school here is too far for us.
As far as moving goes, we have a pretty inexpensive house here and it would be hard to move somewhere where cost o housing would be higher.
It is a thought for the future though...
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Hey, I like your name! We moved to be closer to the public M that my gurls attended from childen's house through 3rd and 4th years. Our old school did not do middle school and the high school was on the other end of town and we were not comfortable with it. We then moved again and now commute the kids about a 1/2 hr to a M based college prep charter that has out of this world programs and academics. Working at the school is a great idea if it's possible. FWIW, we looked into private M schools, the discount for multiples was laughable so we chose to just to suck it up and commute (with the price of gas for the kid hauler I'm second guessing that one, not really, but close ). Good luck finding a school/tuition you like.
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