Kindergarten – Grade 8
Chatsworth Hills Academy supports a strong, diverse student body that values both socio-economic and cultural diversity. Teaching children to respect and appreciate the beliefs, values, and histories of all individuals is as necessary for success in their world as a solid grounding in science, math, social studies, and language.
We understand that the cost of attending an independent school is a significant investment in your child’s educational future. Chatsworth Hills Academy expects that all families will make reasonable sacrifices to finance the education of their children. Recognizing that every situation is unique, each family’s circumstance is thoughtfully reviewed.
Admission and Financial Assistance
It is CHA’s policy to admit students without regard to family financial circumstances. Admission decisions are need-blind and are considered separately from financial assistance decisions. Families are encouraged to apply for admission and financial aid at the same time, however, to ensure that the Financial Assistance Committee is able to make decisions in a timely manner.
Applying for Financial Assistance
Financial assistance is available to qualified Kindergarten through Grade 8 families based on demonstrated need. CHA uses the services of FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) to evaluate the financial ability of each family and to determine a family’s ability to afford the costs of private education.
CHA will consider 2019 income for awards made for the 2020-2021 academic year. To apply, please click the FAST button (above left) to access the online, confidential application. Please follow the application directions carefully. You may complete the application in multiple sessions.
Financial Assistance Application Deadlines
January 31, 2020 for currently enrolled CHA families
February 7, 2020 for new financial assistance applicants.
Financial Assistance applications received after the deadline will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Copies of 2019 federal and state income tax returns (personal and business, if applicable), including all W2 forms and/or 1099s and all schedules must be submitted to FAST by March 1, 2020. Instructions for submitting these documents are included on the FAST website. Please do not submit this paperwork to CHA.
Notification of Award
Notifications of tuition assistance awards are generally issued with admission decision letters and re-enrollment contracts. When both the admission application and the Financial Assistance application process are completed, a family will receive a Financial Assistance decision letter along with the admission decision letter. Current families will receive provisional Financial Assistance awards with re-enrollment contracts. Awards will be confirmed upon receipt and review of the 2019 tax documents. Late forms, errors, or omissions in the FAST application may seriously jeopardize a child’s chance of receiving an award.
If you are self-employed and cannot submit your tax returns by the deadline, you can approximate your taxes and submit to us that information. Any award made will be conditional upon receipt of the returns and subject to reconciliation with the new information provided.
Divorced or Separated Families
Chatsworth Hills Academy expects both the custodial and non-custodial parents to participate in the support of their child at CHA. It is up to all parties involved to communicate and participate in good faith in this responsibility. In the case of separation or divorce, the assets of all parents are taken into consideration. Both custodial and non-custodial parents must complete a FAST application and submit the necessary documentation. If a child is living with a parent and step-parent, CHA will also consider the step-parent’s income; therefore, the assets of the step-parent should be included in the FAST application. Please note that omission of this information may be a determining factor in the awarding of financial assistance.
CHA requires that families with a non-working parent submit a statement, along with the Financial Assistance application, if there are no children below school-age at home. The School expects that both parents make every attempt to contribute to the education of their child.
All information received by the Chatsworth Hills Academy Financial Assistance Committee is held in the strictest of confidence. Financial information is never shared with faculty members, donors, or among family members who maintain separate households.
Financial Assistance Requirements
Each Financial Assistance recipient is expected to maintain appropriate academic standards, to behave in a responsible and honorable manner, and to play a positive role in the daily life of the school community. Failure to maintain grades acceptable to the administration will disqualify a student for future Financial Assistance awards. Parents’ fulfillment of financial and other obligations to the School will also be considered in renewing Financial Assistance. Summer programs do not qualify for Financial Assistance.