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Enrollment in the SEEC program is based upon an annual random number drawing lottery process that includes consideration of factors such as parents’ place of employment, child’s birth date, and sibling status. Smithsonian employees get priority for all open spaces at SEEC. Each March, enrollment is determined for the upcoming fall through the lottery process. If a vacancy occurs during the year, a child will be selected from the remaining applicants according to the same lottery results but always giving priority to Smithsonian staff members.
Enrollment on a part-time basis is an option for children in the two, three and four year old classrooms. Parents may contract for specific days of the week, and tuition is pro-rated.
All applications should be returned to SEEC along with the application fee (based on a sliding scale). The application fee is based on a sliding scale ($15 - $50). A nominal fee is charged to reapply each year.Application DOES NOT guarantee enrollment.
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 1st to be included in the lottery.
Kindergarten Admissions: Applications for Kindergarten will be accepted from December 1 through the March 1 lottery deadline.
For questions concerning enrollment, please contact Meredith McMahon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.633.1399.
Upcoming Open House Dates
|Kindergarten (Natural History Museum)||
December 16, 2014
January 14, 2015
Preschool (American History)
Infants and Twos (Natural History)
Toddlers (Natural History)
January 8, 2015
January 15, 2015
January 21, 2015
Tuition 2014 - 2015
Non-Smithsonian Rates: Families not employed by the Smithsonian Institution as either SI Federal or SI Trust are required to pay an additional $1500 per child each year. The fee is pro-rated and added to weekly tuition, increasing the weekly rate by $30 or $6 per day. Non-Smithsonian fees also apply to Kindergarten for all families.
Tuition is paid bi-weekly by direct debit; a payment schedule is provided to parents each school year.
The registration fee is a nonrefundable fee of $100. This is a separate fee from the application fee.
Recognizing that many families have financial limitations, SEEC established a financial aid program to assist families with identified need.
All financial aid decisions are based on the family's need as determined by SEEC and the Tuition Aid Data Service (TADS), a financial assessment service. Parents are required to complete the financial aid application and submit this form to TADS, which will generate a need analysis report that is sent directly to SEEC. Parents must also submit a copy of the most recent federal income tax forms (1040) that were submitted to the IRS and all W-2s directly to TADS.
All parents are expected to contribute to the costs of the program at the highest possible level given their economic situation as reported to SEEC by TADS. SEEC uses the recommendation from TADS as a baseline for our own review and then awards a percentage of the need based on a combination of factors including SI employment, GS level and total overall need.
Applying for financial aid does not guarantee an award. Applicants must submit a new application each year.
Please download the application worksheet to help you gather all necessary information prior to applying online.
To apply online, go to http://www.mytads.com/ to begin your application:
Deadline for admission applications