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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.
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 BY MARCH 1st each year to be included in the lottery, for all ages, including infants.
Kindergarten Admissions: Applications for SEEC's Kindergarten will be accepted begining 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)||
Tues. December 6, 2016
Thurs. February 9, 2017
Preschool (American History)
Infants and Twos (Natural History)
Toddlers (Natural History)
Thurs. January 12, 2017
Tues. January 31, 2017
Tues. January 24, 2017
3:30-5:30pm NEW DATE
Tuition 2016 - 2017
Non-Smithsonian Rates: Families not employed by the Smithsonian Institution as either SI Federal or SI Trust are required to pay an additional $2000 per child each year. The fee is pro-rated and added to weekly tuition, increasing the weekly rate by $40. 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.Financial Aid Policy:
It is the philosophy of the school that no child be denied admission because of a parent's inability to pay the entire tuition. To that end, a financial aid fund has been established to provide tuition assistance for children of families with a demonstrated financial need. In 2001, an endowment fund was created through an initial gift of $100,000 from the Smithsonian Institution and was designated to support families at Grade 8 and below. A second financial aid fund consists of annual donations from organizations, the Parents Association fundraising events, and gifts from other individuals. Earnings from SEEC’s Educational Outreach Program also provide support for financial assistance.
With this in mind, the following policies guide the distribution of financial aid:
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:
March 1, Deadline for admission applications
May 1, Financial Aid Applications Due
July TBD, New Parent Orientation
July TBD, Preschool Play Dates