CINCINNATI – Nancy Stewart had no illusions that sending her son, Julian, to a public school meant a free education. Good thing, too.
Stewart's third-grader at North Avondale Montessori is a Renaissance boy, joining the football team, the choir and the Legos club. That means fees, fees, fees. Getting Julian through third grade will cost $3,395, including $1,400 in after-school care at the North Avondale Recreation Center, she tallied.
The Stewart family is not alone. Just for clothes, shoes, supplies and electronics, parents will spend an average of $669.28 this school year, up 5 percent from last year, according to the National Retail Federation.
But that's just the beginning, especially for students who are active in sports and other extracurriculars.
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