Membership Fees

Open Doors for Teens, as the teen education department of The Geek Group National Science Center, is funded through membership fees, grants and donations. We work with families of all financial backgrounds, and have never turned a family away for financial reasons.

We are an inclusive community. We want all teens to be able to pursue learning freely. Our programming reflects this belief. So does our pricing. Our sliding scale empowers people to participate who could not otherwise do so, and enables us to offer a life-changing education where it can do the greatest good.

We use an honor system and don’t require you to disclose your income. We also respect that both expenses and income factor into your situation, so we ask that you determine the price truly right for you — whether that is below or above your suggested tier.

So that our work serves those who need it most, please invest the amount that is a “stretch” but not a hardship, factoring in your access to outside support (i.e. family, fundraising, etc.). Referring to the scale below, ask yourself:

  1. What investment level would be comfortable for me?
  2. What level would be a “stretch” but not a hardship — truthfully factoring in my access to outside support?
  3. Am I willing to register at that level?

Open Doors Sliding Fee Scale


Gross Annual Household Income Suggested Investment
$90,000 + $3,000
$70,000 – $89,999 $2,500
$50,000 – $69,999 $2,000
$25,000 – $49,999 $1,500
$1,500 $0 – $24,999 $1,000

Open Doors needs to have every family make a commitment to stay with Open Doors for a minimum of one academic year.  We believe this offers a full opportunity to settle into non-coercive education, to make friends, and to try on self-directed learning to see if it is the best fit for you.  And in order to adequately prepare for the students, we require a financial commitment to Open Doors for the entire academic year.

Payment Options

Open Doors provides four different payment plans so you can choose the right one for you and your family. Member families may pay fees in full in August; may pay per semester in August and January; may pay in 10 monthly installments, from August through May; or in 12 monthly installments from July through June.

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