February 9, 2023

Dear Harbor Families,

Tomorrow, you will receive an important email from the school, with details about re-enrollment for the 2023-24 school year. In order to secure a spot in our program for your child, we will need your re-enrollment contract and deposit before the deadline of Friday, February 24th, which is two weeks away.

Your re-enrollment contract will be available through our tuition management portal, Blackbaud, an efficient and user friendly online process. You will receive an email from the school with instructions, as well as a prompt to log in from the Blackbaud system; please note that each responsible parent/guardian must sign in to complete the process.

We are aware that the effects of inflation may have an impact on families’ financial decisions; financial aid is available to those who qualify based on available income. If you would like to apply for financial aid and have not yet done so, please contact the Business Office right away so we can expedite that process, which is thorough and conducted through an external system. For those families who have already applied, your adjusted tuition with the financial aid award amount will be represented in the re-enrollment information we send tomorrow. 

The re-enrollment deadline of February 24th is important, as we are moving through a comprehensive admissions process with other families who are interested in Harbor. In order to ensure the right fit for our program, we take the time to get to know each family prior to enrolling students, and this process takes time and begins in the fall for many incoming families. As a member of the Association of Independent Schools of  Greater Washington (AISGW), we agree to a timeline that allows a fair process for families who are weighing decisions about the right independent school for their child, while also providing schools in our network the time for a full admissions process. Based on this agreement, we send out admissions decisions to prospective parents on the first Friday in March, with a deadline for enrollment two weeks later. 

In order to make admissions decisions and offer spaces to candidates who are the right fit for our program within each classroom cohort, we need to know exactly how many spaces we have for the next school year, and thus how many spaces we can offer to new applicants. Our February 24th deadline for re-enrollment provides us with a window of time for these admissions decisions to be made by the AISGW admissions notification date of March 3rd. 

Thank you for prioritizing the important task of completing re-enrollment for your child! We appreciate you and hope very much that your child and family will remain a part of the Harbor community in 2023-24 and beyond!


Leah Musico
Head of School

Harbor School