We will be starting the application process for the 2015/2016 school year in October. Please check back for application materials, admissions process details, and open house dates.
Application materials for the 2014/2015 school year can be found here. We are accepting applications to be added to the waitlist in case there is movement in our student body for the fall. Documents listed on the materials page are required for a completed application. Please see below for information on the full application process, which will resume in the fall.
Number of students in the 2013/2014 school year: 40
Current age range: 5 to 14 years old
Student to collaborator ratio: 8:1
Future student growth: 80 at the most (by 2016)
Our Admissions Process
If you are committed to applying to Brightworks, please submit an application
We believe that the Brightworks application is an extremely important factor in our admission decision process, and understand that we ask for a great deal of parent effort to complete our lengthy application essay. We take your application very seriously, and consider it to be a critically important part of the process of discovering whether there is a good fit between Brightworks and your student, and Brightworks and your entire family. Given Brightworks’ unique approach to a child’s education, it is important that both the school and family applying have ample opportunity to explore ideas, questions, thoughts, and feelings, and our application serves as a springboard for those later conversations. All applications, application fee, and supporting materials for the 2014/2015 school year are due by February 1st for priority consideration. Every family is welcome to apply, and should contact us if the application fee presents a hardship for your family. Applications received after spots have been filled will be placed in our wait pool. Should a spot open during the year, we will reopen the enrollment process and consider wait pool applicants for placement at Brightworks.
Tuition for the 2013/2014 school year is $23,920. Tuition for the 2014/2015 school year will be posted in January. Brightworks dedicated to providing tuition assistance to our families, and currently assists more than a third of our families. While our available tuition assistance for the 2014/2015 school year will be limited, we encourage families who are experiencing financial hardship to fill out a tuition assistance request form (which can be found with the other application materials).
Parent School Tours
Families who express a strong affinity to the Brightworks curriculum and who we feel would be positive additions to our founding family community will be invited to join us for a parent-only daytime conversation with the administrative staff. These conversations will be held during February and early March. We feel strongly that we need to limit the amount of people in our space to honor the current students’ needs, as we have an open warehouse facility filled with small groups hard at work. Due to the distraction tours cause in our students day, we are not able to offer this kind of conversation to every Brightworks applicant.
Tours for interested families are only considered when all application materials have been submitted.
Family and Student Visits
After the parent conversation, student applicants may be invited to the school for a half-day visit to meet with staff and current students in order to get to know each other and explore the possibility of becoming members of the Brightworks community.
Notification of Acceptance
Admissions decisions are made thoughtfully, based primarily on the family’s and school’s shared vision regarding educational approaches and practices. There is no preference given for the date your application is received, although we do give priority to siblings of current students. Notice of first round acceptances will be mailed out on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Students to whom we are not able to offer admission will be placed in our wait pool upon request, in case there are fall, winter, or spring admissions openings.
Brightworks holds diversity of opinion, lifestyle, ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and race to be the cornerstone of our school community. Brightworks does not discriminate in its services, programs, or admissions on any of those above criteria.