Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is the Gems Studio located? Our indoor/outdoor Gems Studio is located in the Upper Green River Valley Heritage Corridor, at Metz Meadows. This charming farm is situated on 15 acres of mixed forest and pasture. Vast gardens, a budding food forest, a large pond, and several hundred chickens now dot the landscape. Get directions
  • What birth date cut-off does Ashlar use? We have recently revised our cut-off date to January 1, in order to include a slightly younger population of questers. If your child is ages 4-7 on January 1, 2020, s/he is eligible to apply for the Gems Studio 2019/20 school year.
  • The application on the website now looks different from the one I filled out. Do I need to fill out a new one? No, you do not. We revised our application on 1/30/19. While we prefer to receive the updated application, we are accepting the previous version, as well. Which version of the application you submit will not affect your child's eligibility to attend Ashlar. 
  • What clothing and gear should my child wear to school? Ashlar's questers spend a lot of time outdoors, rain or shine. They also spend time in our indoor studio. In the Pacific Northwest, this means that your children will need to come dressed in layers. For additional information, a gear list will be supplied when enrollment materials are sent out.
  • How are Ashlar's tuition rates set? Ashlar's tuition rates are set by doing a market analysis of other similar schools. For our Gems Studio, we compared nearly a dozen other schools from around the country, took their hourly rate, and adjusted for location differences. We set our tuition according to our financial projections, and that tuition was confirmed when it just happened to be slightly below the average national rate for all of the half-day, multi-age holistic kindergarten studios that we were able to get tuition information from during our market research and analysis.
  • What is included in the cost of tuition? What additional fees do I need to know about? Ashlar proudly offers an all-inclusive tuition. This means that you know exactly how much you will spend for the entire school year, by simply looking at the cost of tuition. You can learn more about what is covered in our all-inclusive tuition by clicking here.
  • Does Ashlar have a religious affiliation? How do you nurture a child's spiritual potential? Ashlar does not have a religious affiliation. We nurture children's spiritual potential by nurturing their sense of wonder, and acknowledging that there is more to the world than what we can see. Our spiritual philosophies are compatible with any faith tradition, and we encourage families to reinforce their traditions in the home just as they would have before attending Ashlar.

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