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Age 3 through 8th grade

AFFORDING AN INDEPENDENCE EDUCATION

Investing in the best possible start for your child’s education is invaluable. The critical early years are when students become inspired to learn and motivated to succeed, and important study, social and emotional skills are established. The investment in an Independence education pays off. With a reputation for being well-prepared, Independence graduates are accepted into their top choices for high school, and many receive generous scholarships.

"My Independence education provided a strong foundation for me to build on through high school and in college. My experience gave me an early exposure to the importance of study skills, balancing academics, music and sports while taking care of my health and maintaining relationships with family and friends."
Kerith Wang, Independence Class of 2008, Princeton University class of 2016

Making Independence affordable to those who wish to attend remains an important goal. We are fortunate to be able to provide financial aid for students with demonstrated need through our Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). In addition, applicants with at least one parent who serves as a full-time first responder in our community are eligible for the First Responders Community Partnership. The following grade-level merit scholarships are also available:

THE LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP for Children of Independence Graduates

The Independence School has established the Legacy Scholarship in appreciation of Independence alumni who return to “their first alma mater” as parents.

Since its founding in 1978, Independence has remained true to its mission of inspiring students to dream big and achieve. We continue to provide an unparalleled education for the critical foundation years in a nurturing setting and with an exceptional faculty. As our alumni choose an Independence education for their own children, we offer this scholarship to show our appreciation.

In order to receive the Legacy Scholarship (applied to tuition each year of enrollment), one of the parents must have graduated from The Independence School. Candidates must successfully complete all components of the admission process. Students in every grade level – from preschool through 8th grade – may receive this scholarship.

THE YOUNG WRITER’S SCHOLARSHIP for Rising Fourth-Grade Students

In recognition of The Independence School’s focus on excellence in the communication arts and the belief that the elementary years form the foundation for success, Independence has established the Young Writer’s Scholarship. This one-time scholarship, in the amount of $1,500, will be awarded to one male and one female student entering Independence at the fourth-grade level and one male and one female student currently enrolled in third grade at Independence.

In order to be eligible for the Young Writer’s Scholarship, new, rising fourth-grade applicants must submit the scholarship application and complete the admission process by Friday, March 17, 2017.

Scholarship criteria for new students consist of successful completion of all components of the admission process, with an emphasis on the quality of the written essay and personal interview. In addition, transcripts submitted as part of the admission process must indicate appropriate academic ability and achievement for admission to Independence, and current school recommendations (part of the admission process) must indicate exemplary behavior.

The Scholarship Committee will announce the recipients on Friday, April 21, 2017, The Independence School Founders’ Day.

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THE ANDREW N. YATZUS SCHOLARSHIP for New, Rising Fifth-Grade Students

Mr. Andrew (Andy) Yatzus was the husband of Mrs. Victoria Yatzus, Head of School, and the parent of three Independence alumnae, Katie (2004), Erin (’08), and Haley (’11). Mr. Yatzus was a dedicated friend and supporter of Independence for many years before Mrs. Yatzus became Head. Mr. Yatzus was a Senior Vice-President at WSFS Bank and served on The Independence School Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2003 and again from 2004-06.

The Andrew N. Yatzus Scholarship, established in his memory by family and former co-workers, is a $2,000 award toward tuition for one newly enrolled, rising fifth-grade student.

Among the criteria to be considered in the award selection, candidates must possess academic potential; the willingness to work hard to achieve success; and demonstrated strength of character, as these were all characteristics embodied by Mr. Andrew Yatzus.

In order to be eligible for the Andrew N. Yatzus Scholarship, rising fifth-grade applicants must complete the admission process and submit the scholarship application and supporting documents by Friday, March 17, 2017.

Scholarship applicants must successfully complete all components of the admission process, with an emphasis on the quality of the written essay and personal interview. In addition, a letter of recommendation specifically addressing examples of the criteria must accompany the scholarship application. The letter may be from the student’s teacher or another adult not related to the student who knows the candidate well. The student will be interviewed for the scholarship as part of the admission process.

The Scholarship Committee will announce the recipient on Friday, April 21, 2017, The Independence School Founders’ Day.

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THE FOUNDERS SCHOLARSHIP for New, Rising Sixth-Grade Students

Established in 2012 in honor of Independence’s 35th Anniversary, the Founders Scholarship is a merit scholarship for one newly enrolled, rising sixth-grade student. The renewable scholarship in the amount of $3,500 per year will help an academically strong student of excellent character benefit from an Independence middle school education.

In order to be eligible for the Founders Scholarship, rising sixth-grade applicants must take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) no later than the March 4 testing date and complete the admission process by Friday, March 17, 2017. Scholarship criteria consist of the results of the ISEE, which includes an essay, plus the following:

1. Transcripts submitted as part of the admission process must indicate strong academic ability and achievement.

2. Current school recommendations (part of the admission process) must indicate exemplary behavior and good citizenship.

3. A letter of recommendation, addressing the applicant’s character (community service, leadership, demonstrated good citizenship), must be provided by an adult in a supervisory position (school leadership, counselor, scout leader, clergy, coach, etc.).

4. Participation in an interview at Independence. Date/time will be scheduled with the admission office.

In order for the scholarship to be renewed, the student must maintain an annual grade average of B (87) or better and continue to demonstrate excellent citizenship according to The Independence School standards.

The Scholarship Committee will announce the recipient on Friday, April 21, 2017, The Independence School Founders’ Day.

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Please feel free to contact the Admission Office at 302-239-0332 if you need more information.


TUITION RATES 2017-18

Early Childhood I
3 half-days: $6,080
5 half-days: $10,140
5 full-days: $14,870

Early Childhood II
5 half-days: $10,140
5 full-days: $14,870

Kindergarten through Grade 8
Full-Day: $17,580

Technology Fee
Grades 1-4: $200 per student
Grades 5-8: $400 per student

Tuition includes textbooks, most field trips and yearbooks.


PAYMENT METHODS AND SCHEDULE

Enrollment Fee: An enrollment fee of $1,000 is due with the Enrollment Contract. This fee gets deducted from the first tuition payment but is neither refundable nor transferable once a position has been reserved.

Standard payment schedule: First payment (60 percent of the annual tuition, minus enrollment or re-enrollment fee, plus technology fee) to be paid in full by July 1, 2017. Second payment (40 percent of the annual tuition) to be paid in full by Jan. 1, 2018.

Pre-paid: If the entire year's tuition is paid before July 1, $125 may be deducted from the amount for each full-day student and/or $65 for each half-day, five day/week student.

Payment Plan: A payment plan without interest can be arranged for a small fee. For more information, visit Tuition Management Services at http://www.afford.com or contact the school Business Office.

Bond Obligation: Families new to Independence are required to purchase an Independence School Membership Bond ($500) within 30 days of signing the Enrollment Contract (one bond per family).