Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Koch Family to Launch New Private School in Kansas

A new Wichita private school financed by members of the Koch family is preparing to open its doors to preschool and elementary-age children this fall.

Wonder, a private pre-K-through-12th-grade school on the Wichita State University campus, will open Sept. 4 with 39 students, the Wichita Eagle reported. The school is funded by Chase and Annie Koch, the son and daughter-in-law of Koch Industries chief Charles Koch.

Plans call for phasing in the middle- and high-school programs over time.

Tuition is $10,000 a year for elementary-age children and $6,500 a year for preschool students.

"We did not ask any family we met with if they could pay tuition," said Zach Lahn, Wonder's co-founder. "We talked to them about what the school was, told them what the tuition was. But we've had numerous families ask us if we could do some sort of financial aid arrangement, and we've worked that out."

The school won't seek accreditation through the Kansas Department of Education, so it won't be required to follow state regulations, administer state tests or hire licensed teachers.


(via US News)

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