Student Fees

About Student Fees

Annual student fees help cover the district's costs for providing "consumable" supplies that an individual student will use throughout the school year as part of their daily instruction. Lakota is committed to minimizing the financial impact of student fees on families, which explains the steady decrease in fees over the last few years.

The district's purchasing power, paired with its commitment to absorb more general supply costs into the general fund, help keep student fees low and school supply lists short.

Paying Student Fees

Parents or guardians have the option to pay student fees at the school office or via their EZ Pay account. Balances are typically available for early childhood and elementary students in mid-August and for junior high and high school students at the beginning of September.


Student Fee Holiday for Online Payments

Lakota has introduced a three-month student fee holiday, which eliminates the $2.00 convenience fee typically required of any online payments for student fees or lunch accounts. The fee has always been intended to defray the processing cost incurred by the credit card payment system.

As both an incentive to remit payment early and promote the convenience of online payment, the student fee holiday will extend from Aug. 1 through Oct. 31.

2016-2017 Student Fee Levels

Student fees are typically approved by the school board in June for the following school year. Any updated fee amounts will be posted here at that time.

Early Childhood Schools (Grades K-1):

Writing & Coloring Supplies
Pencils, pens, markers, erasers
 $6.00
Project and Classroom Supplies
Glue sticks, watercolor paints, construction paper
 $6.00
Core Instruction Supplies
Composition notebook, Scholastic News subscription, bag for transporting books, folders
 $18.00
 TOTAL $30.00


Elementary Schools (Grades 2-6):

Writing and Coloring Supplies
Pencils, pens, crayons, markers, erasers, grips, construction paper, loose leaf paper, index cards, post-it notes, folders, binders
$5.00
Project and Classroom Supplies
Glue sticks, tape, glue, staples, scissors, paint, rulers, protractor
$4.00
Core Instruction Supplies
Scholastic books, magazine subscriptions, online subscriptions, workbooks & composition books, science and math manipulatives and materials
 $5.00
Art & Technology Specials
$3.00
Student Planner
 $3.00
TOTAL
$20.00


Junior High Schools (Grades 7-8):

Writing & Classroom Supplies
Colored pencils, highlighters, glue sticks
 $2.50
Paper Supplies
Notebook paper (loose leaf), 3x5 index cards, composition book, post-it notes, student planner
 $7.50
Core Subject Supplies & Textbooks
Science, Social Studies, Math and Language Arts
 $30.00
TOTAL $40.00

Additional fees will apply for junior high students enrolled in Information Technology, band, chorus or courses taken for high school credit. Specific fees for athletic participation is also included below under "Extracurricular Program Fees." Your child's individualized fee amount will be printed on his/her class schedule. Additional course-specific fees are as follows: 

Information Technology
$5.25
School-Owned Instrument Usage Fee
$37.50 per semester
School-Owned Instrument Usage Fee (Percussion)
$17.50 per semester
Band/Chorus shirt
$15.00
Courses taken for high school credit
Refer to high school fees


High School Fees (Grades 9-12)

High school fees will vary based on your child's class roster, including the type and number of courses. Because fees are are individualized, they will be printed on each student's schedule.
Download the Breakdown of High School Fees by Course & Additional Fees.


Extracurricular Program Fees
 


These fees are assessed to help cover the district's expenses associated with student participation in athletics and other extracurricular programs. On average, the district covers about 75 percent of all costs associated with athletics and marching band. The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty has established a fund to help cover half the costs of athletic fees for eligible families who apply for the grant.

Junior High School Athletics
$150 per athlete/per sport
High School Athletics (Grades 9-12)
Marching Band, Color/Winter Guard
$200 per athlete/per activity

Participants per Family
Family Cap
1 student
$400
2 students
$600
3 students
$800
4 students
$1,000

Please click here to download the family cap FAQ or family cap application.

Credit Flexibility, Dual Credit and Credit Recovery Fees
 

Credit Flexibility is a program that allows students to earn high school credits in the following ways:

  • Online courses
  • Master assessment
  • Individual plans for an independent study, internship, service learning opportunity, research-based projects or educational travel. 

Students and/or their families are responsible for all costs incurred for credit flexibility options occurring outside the normal student schedule. Any credit flexibility option that adds to a student’s school day is the student’s financial responsibility.

Fees are assessed as needed and are based on costs associated with creation of necessary materials and "Teacher of Record" assignments.

Online Course
Tuition paid directly to provider and based on provider costs, including proctoring fees.

Students taking an online course for credit recovery will be assessed a fee of $200 per course.  This fee will cover the cost of the online license through APEX Learning and miscellaneous costs associated with the staff, equipment, and materials needed to proctor online coursework.

Mastery Assessment
$85 per assessment
Note: Students using the AP test for this option will pay the AP fees for the chosen assessments.

Individual Plan
$125 per course