Affording the Academy

The Academy is committed to building a socio-economically diverse student body through need-based financial aid grants and, as a result, over half of our students receive financial aid each year.

An Academy education is an up-front investment that pays dividends over a student’s lifetime. Whether measured in terms of academic preparedness for college, college and university placement outcomes, social and emotional health, or range of creative expression, The Academy helps young people prepare for college and a purposeful life beyond schooling.

According to the National Association of Independent Schools, families who choose independent private schools like The Academy often cite teacher quality, academic standards, and individual attention as reasons for their choice.

You’ll find all of those things at The Academy, plus you’ll also find a vibrant, supportive, and safe community with a socio-economic mix like that of our students’ hometowns. The Academy recognizes that for all families an independent school education is a significant financial commitment and one that many families would not be able to make without help from the school. We are committed to working with you, to the extent that our resources allow, to make our school accessible.

Tuition and Expenses for 2019-2020

Tuition for 2019-2020 is $19,700 for grades 6-7 and $24,600 for grades 8-12. Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process, and we allocate our resources to meet as much need as possible for qualified students. Family circumstances differ, but many families with incomes of up to $150,000 qualify for financial aid at The Academy.

Financial aid is made in the form of a direct aid grant that does not need to be repaid. The Academy uses an outside evaluator to determine a family’s need for aid, the School and Student Service (SSS), which is sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).  After considering many factors such as income, net worth, family size, and the number of children in tuition-paying institutions, SSS estimates parental contribution toward tuition at The Academy. The Academy’s financial aid committee reviews this information and federal tax return(s) before meeting a portion of the demonstrated need for financial aid. When applying for financial aid using the NAIS/SSS platform, please note that The Academy’s SSS code number is 1033.

Financial Aid forms for download:

For any questions on these matters, please contact our Associate Head of School for Operations John Schatz at