Back-to-school time is barreling down the track. Parents are finalizing plans, choosing school supplies, and for those sending their children to private school, signing enrollment agreements. Yes, we’re talking about those contracts filled with the fine print that no one likes (except attorneys, of course!).
A parent called our ministry recently saying that she had removed her child from a private school last December, but the school was just now pursuing her for the remainder of the year’s tuition. “Are they allowed to do that?” she asked.
Our answer: “It depends.” Typical attorneys.
Attending a Christian school involves a balance between rights and responsibilities for parents and their children. When you enroll your child in a Christian or other private school, it is vitally important to carefully read the enrollment agreement. The fine print matters…and in most cases, if the agreement refers to the point in question, the agreement’s terms will govern and determine the parents’ and children’s responsibilities.
A thorough enrollment agreement will encompass these issues:
Other clauses that may also be included might address the following:
Of course, all of the above provisions are subject to any special laws and regulations of the jurisdiction in which the school exists, as well as each school’s special needs.
At the National Center for Life and Liberty, we represent many private schools across America and help them draft policies and procedures to protect the school as well as the parents. Oftentimes, simple steps and properly-informed parties can reduce or eliminate costly and time-consuming contract disputes.