FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
Admissions - Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the age of applicants for preschool?
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Applicants for the Southfield School Preschool (Exploration, Discovery, Readiness & Kindergarten) should be 2, 3, 4, or 5-years old, respectively by September 1st.
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How are preschool applicants evaluated?
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A developmental screening will be scheduled for new students entering Readiness and Kindergarten classes. All applicants will meet with the Preschool Director.
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What is your sibling policy?
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Siblings do receive priority if there is a waiting list. They are still required to go through all steps of the application process.
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Who is eligible for a tuition assistance grant?
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Tuition Assistance is a grant, not a loan, given to qualifying families based on financial need to offset the costs of a Southfield education. The grant does not have to be repaid.  The school is committed to the proposition that no qualified student wishing to pursue the educational opportunities available at Southfield be denied that chance due to financial hardship. The school also believes that a diverse student body is in the best interests of all children attending Southfield.

Families who have students entering preschool through eighth grade are eligible and to apply for need-based assistance. 

Q:
What is the procedure to apply for a tuition assistance grant?
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The first step is to file an application for admission to the school. No decision on grants can be finalized until a student has been accepted into the school. Each family requesting a grant must file an application with School and Student Service for Financial Aid. All necessary materials for this procedure are provided. That agency, which handles applications for the vast majority of leading independent schools nationwide, will then forward a recommended amount for the school to offer in aid. Click here for SSS (School and Student Service for Financial Aid) application link.
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How quickly can we expect an answer?
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Generally the entire process should take no longer than one month. Depending on the time of year and the number of applicants, the process may take slightly longer. Applying soon after receiving your enrollment contract should result in the shortest wait for a reply.
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When should we apply for a tuition assistance grant?
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The optimal time to apply for tuition assistance is as soon as receiving your students offer of acceptance.
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Is the financial assistance application process confidential?
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It is strictly confidential. No information is shared with any member of the Southfield community. The school also expects that the amount of the award will be treated with strict confidentiality on the part of the family, as well.
Q:
Are there any specific conditions imposed when tuition asisstance is granted?
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There are none. Naturally, we do welcome involvement in the wide variety of volunteer activities that help make Southfield special.
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Do I have to submit a new tuition grant application each year?
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Yes, you must file the SSS application each year. However, unless there are significant changes in the family’s financial situation, it is unlikely that the school will make significant adjustments in the amount offered. Renewal is also dependent upon the satisfactory performance by the student(s) and upon reasonable compliance with school expectations by the family. Finally, renewal is possible only when all school accounts are current.
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Are there limits placed on the amounts of financial aid awards?
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Yes. Financial assistance is not available for the half-day program for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Parents may apply for financial assistance for the extended day tuition. All other grants have a cap of 75% of total tuition, though most grants are of lesser amounts. Fees are not covered.
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Are scholarships available?
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A limited number of scholarships have been established and as they become available are an option for some families.  The application requirements, amounts awarded, the duration of the scholarship and availability of these funds vary from scholarship to scholarship.
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What if I have further questions?
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For additional questions about financial aid or scholarships contact the Director of Finance, Janet Campbell at (318) 213-6366 or jcampbell@southfield-school.org.