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Moving Forward: Beyond Public Funding

Frequently Asked Questions about Public versus Private Funding at Carroll School

Q: I’ve heard that Carroll no longer accepts public funding directly from school districts.  Is that true?

A: No, we are still accepting agreements and payment for out-of-district placements.  We will maintain this arrangement until the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

Q: Does this decision make it harder for students to be admitted to Carroll?

A: No, this change will allow families to pursue admission to Carroll directly through our Admissions office, without the need for an advocate or an attorney. Every family will go through the same application, admittance, and enrollment process.

Q: Why did Carroll make this decision?

A: Carroll School is a leader in educating bright students with language-based learning disabilities, and we provide an exemplary level of customized instruction for smart students who are struggling with reading and/or writing. In order to receive public funds, schools are required to adhere to many state mandated regulations that do not apply to the education of our specific student profile and that may sometimes even interfere with best practices for educating our students.

Q: Does Carroll offer financial aid?

A: We do offer financial aid, and we generally meet on average 80-90% of demonstrated need for families who apply for assistance.  In the last three years, our financial aid budget has doubled as we work to meet a higher percentage of demonstrated need for a larger number of families. Institutionally, we are committed to increasing our financial aid budget in the coming years.

Q: How do I apply for financial aid?

A: We have detailed instructions on our website: https://www.carrollschool.org/admissions/tuition-fees/financial-aid-process

You can also email or call the Admissions Office: admissions@carrollschool.org or (781) 259-8342 with any further questions about the process or tuition.

Q: Does public funding support economic diversity at Carroll?

A: The process of securing funding from one’s home district can be a long, expensive, and exhausting process for families, and often requires the hiring of an educational advocate and/or special education attorney. We believe that our financial aid process is the most equitable way to support families who qualify for financial assistance, and the process allows us to create a level playing field for families at all income levels.

Q: How will this improve the education a child receives at Carroll?

A: This transition will give Carroll the ability to adjust our curriculum to better fit the individual needs of our students.  We will be able to serve our students in a more efficient and flexible way by making the best use of our physical, human, and financial resources.