High School Students

Parent Responsibilities

Community building is at the core of what we do here at Education without Walls, therefore we strive to create community-building opportunities at every turn.  Parents are a large part of what goes on here on a daily basis and we have found that the more parents are involved, the more warm and welcoming our space is.  At the other end of the spectrum, we do not want students to feel stifled or overwhelmed.  We ask parents to help where and when it makes sense for our community, requesting that parents who are not actively working onsite take some time to enjoy our beautiful town.


Keeping costs and fees as low as possible is another big priority at Education without Walls.  The kind of private, individualized, and flexible education that we offer requires a lot of teachers and staff members.  Staffing is, by far, our biggest expense.  Parents pitch in to keep this cost manageable by volunteering their time and are asked to contribute at least 2 hours per week.  We also ask families to donate basic supplies that equal approximately $30. per month, which allows quality and cost control for your own children.  You can purchase in a way that is commensurate with your family values and your children's preferences.  This helps to give EWoW its warm, homey atmosphere.


Most volunteer hours are used to cover onsite 'parent on duty', or PoD hours.  PoDs are truly the onsite caregivers, keeping an eye on the comings and goings of the kids, keeping the space clean and tidy, and offering food or treats to the group.  If being a PoD is not your thing and/or it does not fit into your schedule, then there are a whole host of other options available to you:

  1. Volunteer to contribute additional food, and/or supplies on a regular basis: fruit, paper towels, tissues, hand soap, fresh flowers, veggie platters, toilet paper and the like are all welcome. (in addition to your regular supplies donation)

  2. Work for our Parent Organization, which meets monthly on Wednesday evenings and runs fundraisers & community outreach events.

  3. Offer professional services, as needed.

  4. Run field trips, which occur regularly over the course of the year.

  5. Chaperone events such as Prom or Overnight Lock-ins.

  6. Clean/paint/upkeep during off-hours.

  7. Oversee our school newspaper, yearbook, outreach videos or other club-type EWoW activities.

  8. Coach an intermural team - touch football, basketball, tennis, etc.

  9. Opt out of your volunteer hours by paying a fee of $720.

  10. Opt out of your donations by paying a fee of $240.

Internship, Work-Study & Scholarship Opportunities

We love having our parents and students work at Education without Walls.  This is another layer that helps to build a strong, tightly knit and supportive community. 


Working at Education without Walls against tuition fees is an option that is open to our parents and/or juniors and seniors.  These are paid EWoW jobs which require an application, regular hours and a job description.  Parents may work hours scheduled around their needs.  Students may work as paid interns.  Jobs will only be given to those who are qualified and who are willing and able to fulfill their duties with a positive, upbeat attitude.  All positions are dependent upon satisfactory completion of the assigned work.  Calling out, showing up late, having to leave early, etc., are indications that a particular job is not the right fit.  In these cases, changes will be necessary and every effort will be made to find a better fit!


Scholarships are need-based, require an application and are worked out individually on a case-by-case basis.  Work and Internship hours begin to accrue only after initial parent responsibilities have been fulfilled.


Possible Work / Internship Opportunities

Additional Parent on Duty Hours

Heavy Duty Cleaning &/or Painting (weekends)

Facility Photographer/Videographer

Newspaper Leadership

Program Development

Teaching Assistants

Onsite Internships


These opportunities are offered based on both seniority and previous contributions to the group, as a whole.

Registration Commitment

Registration for membership and/or classes and/or special events at Education without Walls is a commitment to the program, the other families, and the teachers who make up our group.  Fees, classes, and programming are assessed and run based on these commitments.  This extends to volunteer hours, completion of homework, attendance, and financial obligations.   All charges are expected to be paid in full regardless of enrollment status or extended payment plans.  If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.

Full-time Students

The majority of our students here at Education without Walls are full-time students.  This covers all the bases, gives first choice for classes and scheduling, priority registration, and access to all that is offered by our teachers, partner schools, and the community at large.

It is our hope that our sliding scale, along with work-study, internship, and other work opportunities, will enable all families who wish to be a part of our community to educate their children at EWoW.  Please ask.


  • Unlimited registration in regularly scheduled EWoW classes provided there is room in the class

  • All homework, organizational, math, and writing labs

  • Consultations with any of the EWoW coordinators

  • Homework assistance as needed

  • Class materials

  • All EWoW run clubs, social functions, activities, and hang out time on site

  • Outdoor Club, provided there is room

  • Adulting 101 class, provided there is room

  • College application and referral assistance

  • College Board compliant ID Card

Part-time Students

Designed to support homeschoolers looking for externally validated credits, accredited classes, and/or structured curricula.  Students may sign up for up to two classes per trimester.  Classes are billed on a trimester basis per class, per trimester.  These students may switch classes with approval.  Students will receive grades.

These students may add in the membership fee if they would like to take advantage of our Monday class offerings, hang out at our facility before, after, or between classes, participate in social events, receive a college-board compliant ID card, and enjoy member discounts at local stores.  Membership is paid annually.

Class Changes

Switching between classes is allowed any time throughout the year, but must be approved by the instructor of the class into which a student is switching and is based on available spaces in a class.

Other Important Information
• Education without Walls reserves the right to reschedule classes, change teachers, and adjust the timing of classes based on registration, class schedule, and other factors.  Every effort will be made to ensure that these changes are compatible with our students' schedules and wishes. Refunds will be given only in the case of a class being canceled.

Ways to Pay
1. Pay in full with registration and receive a -3% tuition reduction.
2. Choose installment payments, paid by automatic withdrawal, which comes out on the 1st of each month. Additional fees apply.

3. The registration fee, first tuition payment, and automatic withdrawal form are all due within 7 days of registration invoicing.

Checks should be made out to and mailed to:


Education without Walls

64 Railroad Street, East Suite

New Milford, CT  06776 


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