Micha-el School, a Milwaukie-based Waldorf school serving preschool through eighth grade, will reduce annual tuition rates from $8,200 to $6,000 beginning this fall.

Currently the school caps enrollment at 18 students per class, and its class sizes range from six to 13 students.

School leaders want to make Waldorf education available to as many children as possible and will continue to offer financial assistance to some families.

With the support of its faculty and staff at the school, the Micha-el School Board of Trustees came to the decision to offer its program for 40 to 50 percent less than competing Waldorf schools in the Portland area. Micha-el School Administrator Christina Drake realized the financial limits of the existing school community after a close look at local demographics.

“Instead of inching the fees up each year in an effort to gain more stability, our decision to lower tuition is meant to financially assist our current members and to pique interest in area families who may never have dreamed they could afford private school for their children,” she said. “We look forward to welcoming new students and families to our school while keeping our classes much smaller than most other schools.”

Situated on 12 acres at 13515 S.E. Rusk Road, Micha-el School students are encouraged to play and interact with one another, regardless of age, to build cooperation and leadership skills. The community hosts an annual Halloween Enchantment festival, a Holiday Gift Making Faire and a lively May Faire. Classes also take place on the school grounds. Parents are welcome to attend the school’s Thursday night lecture series to deepen their understanding of Waldorf education.

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