Tuition & Fees

TUITION & FEES

Tuition

We look forward to another full year of in-person education for our students!

 

We have the new tuition payment plans detailed below.  These are, as usual, full-year, full-semester, and monthly plans.

Please note that the first payment for the monthly plan is in June; it’s the same schedule as last year.  This gives us time to talk with parents who will be continuing their children’s enrollment about the plans for the next academic year.  Thus, we can plan for teacher time and for any new class structures that meet the needs of every individual student.

 

The total tuition for full-time attendance is $8940.  Scholarships are available (see below).

We’re giving our teachers a well-deserved raise. We’ve seen a modest gain in enrollment that will help support this raise.  This year we have a modest raise in tuition, keeping us just in tune with inflation over the past 7 years.  We deferred a raise during the pandemic, given all the uncertainties.

In all, the new tuition plans, and our Annual Fund (many thanks for the great response this year!) support our carefully ambitious plans for two important initiatives: accreditation and the medium-term purchase of the Preston building that we now rent.

 

The table below is useful for seeing the structure of our payment plans. As last year, the 11-month installment plans begin with the first payment in June but continue through July, so that the final payment is in April, 2022.

 

Attendance/ payment plan Amount per payment 1st payment date 2nd payment date Final payment date
Full time, pay year in full $8,760 * 15 July 2021    
Full time, pay semester in full $4,380 * 15 July 2021 15 January 2022  
Full time, pay monthly $813 15 June 2021 15 July 2021 15 April 2022

 

Please note that:

  • Tuition is not tax-deductible, except at the college level (IRS form 1098-T)
  • Tuition for the early kindergarten program is not tax-deductible as day care payments (IRS form 2441) because our early K program is fully academic.  If we claimed student attendance as day care we would violate other federal laws and regulations and our own Articles of Incorporation.

* Full-year or full-semester payments get a 2% discount for ease of billing and bookkeeping.

** We accommodate late enrollment, while strongly encouraging early enrollment that lets us plan schedules and teacher time effectively.

*** We adjust the payment plan for late enrollment (after June of the preceding academic year). For example, in 2020-2021 we had a 10-payment plan, at $851.40 per month) for students enrolled after June but by 1 August.  With due caution we accept enrollment after the academic year has started; we create pro-rated plans.

We send invoices the first of each month, and they’re due on the 15th of that month.

If you choose the 11-month plan, we ask you to consider automatic payment when your financial institution allows it (some institutions do not).  This reduces bookkeeping, the problems of missed and late payments, and general stress on you and on us.  Please contact us for help in setting up autopay.

We’re anticipating that all of us in the LCA community will once again be able to meet in person, with due precautions against COVID-19.  We can get back to your and our participation in school activities.  We look forward to LCA Community Meetings, field trips, and the students’ end-of-term performances, and perhaps a fun fundraiser.

Donations: We budget each year for improvements to our programs and for the major initiatives that will keep us going for the long term – accreditation and lease-purchase of our fine building.  Tuition is crucial but provides about 92% of our budgeted income.  Like all other private schools with no state funding, we require that all families donate to their ability to do so; we have a goal of $20,000 each year, or about $400 per student, though up to half that is met by friends of the school.  Some families have donated several times that amount, while others have given what they could; the Annual Fund meets the abilities of all families.  This past year your response has been phenomenal.  We thank you for such generosity!

Volunteering time and expertise is another donation.  By enrolling at least one student, each family agrees to assist in three or more school activities.  These This might include driving students on field trips, chaperoning walking field trips, cleaning various areas of the school (e.g. playground equipment, storage areas), inventorying and shelving books, cleaning up after special events (like student parties), assisting in the classroom or after school as requested by teachers, etc.  We’ll acknowledge the total hours contributed by all families at intervals, so that all can be proud.

Tuition payments are nonrefundable except in unusual circumstances.  Withdrawing a student by choice rather than necessity (a move, financial problems) reduces our finances without reducing our commitment to our teachers.  It also can leave us with a place in which we could have enrolled another student who was on a waiting list.  We trust that you understand our position.

Fees

We have no extra fees for books, other supplies, and class activities, including science demos.  Some events or expenses are optional – pizza for students on Fridays (when we can get back to that) and field trips with significant travel expenses.

Admissions application fee

The current fee is $50.  The fee is payable with a credit card in the online application for admission.

Scholarships

We offer a small number of need-based scholarships. Applications, available here, are required and are evaluated by a scholarship committee. Our Head of School, Dr. Lou Ellen Kay, can confer with you in advance if finances are critical in considering enrolling your child.