POLICY #3240
 
NORWICH FREE ACADEMY TUITION POLICY
 
A.     Establishing Tuition for Sending Towns
 
The Norwich Free Academy considers its primary responsibility to be providing quality educational services to students from the established sending towns (Bozrah, Canterbury, Franklin, Lisbon, Norwich, Preston, Sprague, Voluntown). After consultation with the Superintendent/Head of School and on an annual basis, the Board of Trustees of The Norwich Free Academy shall vote to establish tuition based upon anticipated expenses and revenues. The tuition will be established as follows:
 
1. Tuition for students enrolled in the regular education program.
2. Tuition for students enrolled in special education programs.
3.  A tuition rebate on a per student basis will be granted to the City of Norwich in return for city services (fire and police protection) as determined by the Board of Trustees.
 
After consultation with the Superintendent/Head of School, the Board of Trustees reserves the right to offer a pro-rated tuition to part-time students, students approved by the sending town for fifth-year enrollment, and to set tuition for any new programs at their discretion.
Additional costs, not covered in tuition, for services to students due to special education or other needs is the responsibility of the sending school district. The Board of Trustees, at their discretion, may enter into agreements with any established sending town, or other towns, for practices and procedures to assist with the establishment of educational costs.
 
B.     Private Tuition
 
The enrollment of private tuition students at The Norwich Free Academy serves to broaden the academic, artistic, cultural, geographic, and socioeconomic diversity of the school. The Board of Trustees may permit students from school districts outside of the sending town area to enroll in The Norwich Free Academy on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of the Superintendent/Head of School or designee. Private tuition students shall pay a tuition fee as established by the administration. The Academy may consider requests for the enrollment of private tuition students under the following conditions:
 
1.  When school and class enrollment will accommodate the addition of private tuition students without undue crowding.
2.  When the acceptance of the private tuition student will not place a hardship on the resources or finances of the Academy.
3.  When there are established and available programs provided at the Academy that meet the educational needs of the private tuition student. No additional costs shall be incurred by the Academy and the Academy shall not be required to add additional classes or programs to accommodate the needs of a private tuition student.
 
The acceptance of private tuition students at The Norwich Free Academy should, in no way, be considered student recruitment for athletic purposes in conflict with Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) regulations.  The Academy will fully comply with CIAC regulations in the administration of all athletic programs.
 
Transportation to and from school is the responsibility of the parents/guardians of the private tuition student. The Superintendent/Head of School or designee can, with adequate notice, terminate such student’s educational program for just and appropriate cause, including but not limited to, space availability or disciplinary reason. In the event that a conflict arises between the terms of this policy, related procedures, and the rights of a private tuition student, the Superintendent/Head of School or designee shall have the authority to resolve the issue in his or her sole discretion.
 
C.     Tuition Remission
 
Tuition Waiver for Faculty and Staff Children
 
The children of faculty and staff of The Norwich Free Academy who reside outside of established sending town school districts may attend the Academy at no cost to the parent/guardian upon approval for enrollment by the Board of Trustees. The Superintendent/Head of School shall recommend such enrollment to the Board of Trustees with consideration given to the following conditions:
 
1.  In order to be eligible, the faculty or staff member must, at all times during student attendance, be employed by the Academy.
2.  Recommendation for enrollment by the Superintendent/Head of School shall be on a case-by-case basis after a review of the student’s record and any other criteria deemed relevant by the Superintendent/Head of School.
3.  The enrollment of the student will not place a hardship on the resources or finances of the Academy.
4.  Established programs are provided at the Academy that meet the educational needs of the student. No additional costs shall be incurred by the Academy and the Academy shall not be required to add additional classes or programs to accommodate the needs of the student.
 
Transportation to and from school is the responsibility of the parents/guardians of the student. The Superintendent/Head of School or designee can, with adequate notice, terminate such student’s educational program for just and appropriate cause, including but not limited to, space availability or disciplinary reasons. In the event that a conflict arises between the terms of this policy, related procedures, and the rights of the student, the Superintendent /Principal or designee shall have the authority to resolve the issue in his or her sole discretion.
 
Tuition Aid for Private Tuition Students
 
Tuition aid for private tuition students accepted to the Academy enables qualified students to enroll at The Norwich Free Academy who might not otherwise have access to an independent school education. This aid pertains only to private tuition students whose
 
tuition would otherwise be paid by the parents/guardians of the student. The following criteria shall be utilized:
 
1. A parent/guardian’s financial need as determined by IRS tax returns and other related documents pertaining to the ability to pay tuition.
2. A student’s demonstrated outstanding talent in academics or the arts as evidenced by;
a. superior grades in academics over a substantial time period and,
b. an established ability in the humanities or the sciences,
c. or an established ability in the arts.
3. In addition to the above criteria the student must demonstrate a positive character through school and/or community activities.
 
The awarding of tuition aid is the responsibility of the Superintendent/Head of School or designee in conjunction with a committee composed of the Director of Guidance, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and other administrative personnel as deemed appropriate by the Superintendent/Head of School. This tuition aid shall be in the form of a full or partial tuition waiver to be determined on an annual basis. The Superintendent/Head of School or designee shall report to the Board of Trustees for the approval of tuition waivers. The Superintendent/Head of School or designee shall report on the status of tuition remission as requested by the Board of Trustees. All information related to tuition aid shall be confidential to the extent allowable by law.
 
 
 
 
 
Legal Reference:          Connecticut General Statutes, 10-34, 10-760 Policy adopted: December 8, 1998
Policy revised:              March 28, 2000
May 22, 2007
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