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Dr. Tae
Skateboarding physics professor

Dr. Tae earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois. His talk “Building a New Culture of Teaching and Learning” led to him being a featured speaker at TEDx EastsidePrep and a PNAIS conference. He has held faculty positions at Lake Forest College, DePaul University, and Northwestern University. In addition, he has worked in the video game industry redesigning the control system for the wireless skateboard peripheral used with Tony Hawk: SHRED.

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Tuition Aid Info

It is our wish that families are not stopped from pursuing admission at PSCS due to lack of funds…

…as such, PSCS is committed to allocating a significant amount of tuition aid to assist student families with financial need. The school uses an impartial outside entity to evaluate and determine objective financial need. The 2018-19 Tuition Aid Application deadline is January 19, 2018 for NEW families (the deadline for returning families is also January 19). To be eligible for aid you must first create a new account and register your information here:

FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Service

Families who apply for aid must submit their financial information to FACTS, which then provides PSCS with an overview of what families can afford for tuition. In addition to need considerations, our Tuition Aid Committee, convened by the School Director, takes into account the number of, ages of, and tuition obligations for other children, additional dependents, assets, and all sources of income. In addition, the committee will consider debts, expenses, and spending priorities, as well as any information an applying family deems relevant. The committee will also consider other factors (such as race, gender, and demonstration of the school’s core commitments), and make awards in support of the school’s diversity goals. In cases where parents are divorced, incomes from both parents and new partners are combined.

Tuition aid does not automatically renew so families must reapply each year. Tuition deposits are refunded for families who are offered aid and subsequently decide the offered amount is not sufficient to enroll their children.

Program Aid


It is the intention of PSCS that enrolled students are able to participate in all activities for which they qualify, and that the cost of these activities is not a barrier to participating. In support of this, PSCS has a program aid fund available for families who need help with program expenses. To access the fund, families submit a request to the administrative office outlining their needs.We seek to enroll students regardless of socio-economic status. To that effect, for the 2017-18 school year, PSCS awarded almost $100,000 in aid to our current and incoming families. To the extent that our funds permit, aid is available to qualifying students whose parents are able to establish financial need through the aid application process.

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If you decide to apply for tuition aid and have questions regarding the process please email or call 206.324.4350.

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