As an independent school, Acorn Montessori School depends on contributions of time, talent, and treasure from all members of the School community. Fundraising and "friend-raising" activities are held throughout the year to help strengthen ties and raise Acorn's visibility within New Jersey, while also raising essential funds to support and enrich Acorn Montessori School's distinctive, effective, and well-established educational program.
Acorn Montessori School is considered an "independent " school because it runs independently of any local school boards, and instead, is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of parents, parents of graduates, and community members who are friends of Acorn Montessori School. Like most independent schools, the tuition that Acorn Montessori School parents pay covers only about 75% of the cost of educating each student. The Board of Trustees purposely sets tuition below actual cost in order to maintain a fee that is competitive and affordable to a larger number of families. As a result, the School must depend on other sources of income, namely charitable contributions from Trustees, parents, friends, foundations, and corporations to meet all operating expenses.