Admission

Family Individualized Tuition

Throughout the years, Harborlight’s forward-thinking vision has driven the school to build a more diverse and representative community through a broad and innovative approach to tuition. The result is a model that allows for a customized tuition meeting the range of economic circumstances while also re-investing in our commitment to the Beverly community and our Montessori legacy scholars. More than 50% of our school-age students receive tuition reductions from one of the opportunities listed below.

Affording Harborlight

Affording Harborlight may be more manageable than you think. Many families take advantage of one or more of the following resources to help manage the investment in their child’s education: 
 
Harborlight’s commitment to ensuring for a wide range of families across the greater Beverly community can afford and attend the school is our priority. We request that families first seek alternative methods of tuition assistance prior to accessing the in-house Harborlight financial aid program. This helps Harborlight make every effort to collaborate with families’ individual circumstances.  


529 Plan Use for K-12 Independent School Tuition

The 529 Plan legislation was amended in 2018 to allow families to withdraw up to $10,000 per student per year to pay for K-12 tuition. We advise families to consult with a financial advisor prior to taking advantage of this option.


IRS Gift Tax Exclusions

Family members and friends can make an annual tax-free gift up to $15,000 to as many individuals as they would like, which can be used to pay tuition. The maximum annual exclusion is subject to change each year. Harborlight strongly suggests for families to consult with a financial adviser about developing an annual giving strategy for children and grandchildren going forward.

Financial Aid & Tuition Assistance

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  • Need-Based Financial Aid: Grades K-8

    A family’s eligibility is determined through an evaluative process beginning with the application.  FAST, Financial Aid for School Tuition, is a service of Independent School Management in Wilmington, Delaware. This secure online program (FAST) computes the parents’ financial statement and recommends an appropriate tuition contribution from the family. The Financial Aid Committee will review the recommendation and respond with a financial aid decision. Financial aid awards and decisions will be based on total tuition due taking into consideration other students (siblings) enrolled at Harborlight. Confidentiality of financial aid applications, records, and decisions is assured.
  • Need-Based Tuition Voucher Program: Grades Infant – PK-4 only

    Massachusetts provides tuition assistance vouchers to students enrolling Infant – PK-4 from families who meet the income eligibility guidelines through Child Care Circuit. Harborlight only accepts vouchers that are for one year and support a full-time schedule. Harborlight has limited spaces for tuition voucher students at each level.
  • Military Vouchers: Grades Infant – PK-4 only

    Harborlight is pleased to be partnering with our military families and accepts child care subsidies administered though the federal military administered programs. For more information contact the Director of Finance, Jed Dickman at jdickman@harborlight.net.
  • Need-Based Scholarship: Grades K-8

    The New England Biolabs Scholarship Fund provides tuition assistance to one North Shore student annually. The families must meet the income eligibility guidelines for this scholarship. For more information contact the Director of Finance, Jed Dickman at jdickman@harborlight.net.
  • Montessori Legacy Scholarships: Grades1-8

    Harborlight offers the Montessori Legacy Scholarship to students who have attended the last year/grade level at one of the local Montessori Schools.

    Scholarships are granted regardless of need at each grade level in the amount of $4,000 and are awarded annually until the student graduates grade 8. Students may apply for financial aid in addition to the receipt of the scholarship. Harborlight has unlimited Legacy Scholarships available.
  • Community Scholarships

    As part of our commitment to the Beverly community, Harborlight Montessori offers a $10,000 Community Scholarship to students who have completed the last year/grade level at a Beverly public elementary school. Students must be new to Harborlight and be eligible for enrollment through the admission process. These scholarships are granted regardless of need and are awarded annually until the student graduates grade 8. A family may apply for financial aid in addition to the receipt of the scholarship. There is one Community Scholarship available each entry year to a graduate of each of the following schools:
    • Ayers Ryal Side
    • Centerville
    • Cove
    • Hannah
    • North Beverly

About Harborlight

Harborlight Montessori is an independent, co-educational, day school for children from infant-toddler through grade 8 that is committed to innovative teaching and learning.