Year around open enrollment is available for your child to join us.

Participation Options

  • Classes are in session Tuesday through Friday ~ choose the days in the week
  • Half day or full day attendance is available on these days
  • Together we will create a schedule that provides what your child needs to flourish

Tuition

Tuition will be determined as a collaborative opportunity between the parents of the student candidate and The Forest School Founder/Teacher. See  Please inquire about this very simple and fair minded process. It is designed to provide an opportunity for more students to participate in the only Nature Immersion education opportunity in Minneapolis and the greater Twin Cities.

Please contact Michele@forestschoolmn.org

Tuition - Parent Proposal of tuition

Parents Proposal of hourly rate/daily tuition amount. Parents are asked to place a value amount in their family for the work and relationship that is provided when choosing to be a part of The Forest School. When determining your proposal it helps to keep in mind that the face to face time the teacher spends with your child is but a fraction of the time spent on preparing for our days together and working to keep our program vibrant and growing.  It is the parents appreciation and value of this program and the teachers that provide for our inspired and brilliant days. 

Once we have an agreement of the daily tuition amount between the Student Candidate’s parents and the Forest School, an invoice for the tuition for the enrolled session will be emailed to the student candidate’s parents. The invoice will provide the payment schedule and the amounts due at each due date.

Lunch Together for AM enrolled students

  • The lunch offering is from 12:00 to 1:00
  • Forest School provides a beautiful organic vegetarian lunch that we share together.
  • We practice table manners and meal time social skills during lunch and it is also a wonderful opportunity for the children to try new tastes and experiences. 
  • The additional fee for this program is $50.00 per month per each day of the week your child attends. For example, Wednesdays are $50.00 per month, Wednesdays and Fridays are $100.00 per month. 
  • There are a few scholarship opportunities available for this program, please inquire.
  • This is a separate program from your educational tuition.

Enrollment

Students may be enrolled in both AM and PM sessions as well as a mixture of days of full and half day participation in the same week.

Fees

  • Application Fee (Due for each Session — Academic Year and Summer Session) — $75.00 for each student.
  • The application is available in a PDF on the “Application” page. Please complete the application and send it via post with the non-refundable application fee. Participation positions are available on a first submission basis.
  • Scheduling/Tuition Example
    Tuesday 9:00 to 1:00 + Lunch and Thursday 9:00 to 4:00
    Cost: 2 days of lunch inclusion  + the daily tuition that has been agreed upon in the beginning of the session for one half day in the week and one full day in the week.

Tuition payments

Families can choose to pay by the session, which is preferred, or by the month. There is a $15.00 per month added accounting charge for monthly tuition payments. 

To eliminate that fee Three  Season Session tuition payments may be paid over the course of three months with the first tuition billing payment due by August 1st, with the second 1/3 tuition payment due by September 1st, and the remaining 1/3 tuition payment due by October 1st. 

Supply Charge ~ Three Seasons Session School Year

This fee assists in defraying the cost of our beautiful art supplies and materials, our tools and toys used for play and learning, our organic cooking and baking ingredients and nutritious snacks.  Listed below is the supply fee according to the number of half days in the week the student is enrolled for the entire academic session.

HALF DAY PARTICIPATION FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR THREE SEASONS SUPPLY FEE                           

Two Day per Week Session                   $350.00      

Three Day per Week Session                 $450.00

Four Day per Week Session                   $500.00

FULL DAY PARTICIPATION FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR THREE SEASONS SUPPLY FEE

Two Day per Week Session                   $450.00

Three Day per Week Session                 $550.00

Four Day per Week Session                   $600.00

Enrollment Contribution~Yearly 

A yearly Forest School participation contribution $250.00 is due at the time enrollment in Forest School is accepted. This contribution is used to support the opportunities and materials the children play with daily. Presently the project aim for this contribution is for the improvement of one of the children’s spaces. We are working toward adding onto the *woodland cottage and the attached woodland kitchen, where magic is gathered, created, stirred and shared. Only a lovely preschool gathering can make such beautiful pinecone soup. 

*We will begin a fundraising campaign through a social funding site...Kickstarter in the upcoming month. A project we are working on with the collaboration of a woodworking artisan and gifted carpenter and architect. Our goal is for the of completion this amazing and whimsical space this autumn season, it will be magical for the children.