Gaia Democratic School admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. GDS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, or national and ethnic origin.
Admission & Tuition
Gaia Democratic School welcomes new students and families!
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Each student adds dimension to our culture, diversity to our community, and energy to our school. Our school values the innate originality and potential in each person and honors each student's individual learning needs. Our school aims to provide students with a safe, intellectually nourishing, and socially positive environment based on academic freedom. Our community recognizes the importance of individual freedom, mutual respect, and putting democratic principles into practice.
Gaia Democratic School is entirely independent and relies on tuition as our main source of income. However, we encourage you to explore our unique school regardless of your ability to pay.
Our application process is designed to ensure that Gaia Democratic School is a healthy match for prospective students and the principles that guide the school are in alignment with what students and families need.
We accept applications any time of the year.
Process of enrollment:
1. Contact us via email or phone with general questions or to set up a tour.
2. Submit an Application, $25 Application fee, and any other appropriate forms and information.
3. If Application is submitted during school year, the prospective Student is invited to visit during the school day and is introduced/announced to community at a School Meeting.
4. If an Application for Tuition Reduction was submitted, the Finance Committee will review as soon as possible and set a tuition amount.
5. Offer of enrollment is made.
Scroll down to download an application for admission.
To apply, please print and complete the application and mail it with a check or money order for the $25 application fee to:
Gaia Democratic School, 1219 University Ave. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
You can also complete the application, scan it, send by email to GaiaDemocratic@gmail.com and pay the $25.00 application fee by Paypal.
2018-2019 TUITION POLICY basic information for new applicants:
To ensure access and diversity, Gaia has a "sliding scale" tuition rate policy.
Full tuition is $800.00/month, minimum tuition is $220.00/month. This amount is much lower than most private schools.
Any student/family that can't pay full tuition applies for a reduced tuition amount.
A limited number of Minimum Tuition Waivers are available.
We are dedicated to working with families to determine an appropriate tuition amount based on need.
Please complete a Reduced Tuition Application & request a Waiver if needed.
See Tuition Policy (below) for more more information.
To apply for reduced tuition:
Print the Reduced Tuition application and complete it legibly. Include financial information (as requested on the application), the Application for Admission and $25 application fee. Your application will not be considered until all parts have been received by the school and your application is complete.
You may also scan and send application and documents to GaiaDemocratic@gmail.com or Finance@GaiaDemocratic.org
CLICK below to download an Application for Admission, a Reduced Tuition Application, current Tuition Policy, and pay $25. application fee via Paypal:
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