Tuition & Affordability

Overview

Education is the Best Investment

At Sacramento Country Day School we strive to make our unparalleled program financially accessible to families for whom our mission and programs are a fit. It is our desire that our community reflect the diversity and vibrancy of our region, and towards that effort we offer tuition assistance and a scholarship opportunity to financially eligible families. 

When setting tuition rates, we carefully consider a range of issues including affordability, demand, competitiveness with other nationally ranked private schools of Country Day’s caliber, operating expenses and the cost of implementing our curriculum. We are committed to keeping our tuition as low as possible while continuing to hire and retain world-class faculty and provide the best educational experience in Sacramento. For the 2020-21 school year, we granted approximately $2.5 million in tuition assistance to qualifying families in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Our admissions and tuition assistance application processes are separate and simultaneous. If you are inspired by all that Country Day has to offer and have additional questions about the tuition assistance program please reach out to our admissions team.

Tuition 2021-2022

  • Pre-Kindergarten - Kindergarten: $22,000
  • 1st – 5th grades: $24,790
  • 6th – 8th grades: $26,350
  • 9th – 12th grades: $28,660
  • International (9th-12th): $35,000

At Sacramento Country Day School we strive to make our unparalleled program financially accessible to families for whom our mission and programs are a fit. It is our desire that our community reflect the diversity and vibrancy of our region, and towards that effort we offer tuition assistance and a scholarship opportunity to financially eligible families. 

When setting tuition rates, we carefully consider a range of issues including affordability, demand, competitiveness with other nationally ranked private schools of Country Day’s caliber, operating expenses and the cost of implementing our curriculum. We are committed to keeping our tuition as low as possible while continuing to hire and retain world-class faculty and provide the best educational experience in Sacramento. For the 2020-21 school year, we granted approximately $2.5 million in tuition assistance to qualifying families in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Our admissions and tuition assistance application processes are separate and simultaneous. If you are inspired by all that Country Day has to offer and have additional questions about the tuition assistance program please reach out to our admissions team.

Tuition 2021-2022

  • Pre-Kindergarten – Kindergarten: $22,000
  • 1st – 5th grades: $24,790
  • 6th – 8th grades: $26,350
  • 9th – 12th grades: $28,660
  • International (9th-12th): $35,000
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Tuition Assistance
Learn more about affording Country Day

Tuition Assistance is awarded to current and newly admitted students on the basis of demonstrated need, as determined by factors such as income, family size, assets, and liabilities. 

Sacramento Country Day School uses School and Student Services (SSS), an online service of the National Association of Independent Schools, to process our tuition assistance applications and awards are ultimately determined by the School’s Tuition Assistance Committee.

Custodial parents and guardians must submit financial information in order to establish eligibility for tuition assistance. As circumstances change each school year, families are required to complete the tuition assistance process on a yearly basis.

Tuition Assistance Timeline

Each year Country Day engages in the complex work of budgeting for the coming school year. Allocating Tuition Assistance funding to eligible families is one part of an effective and complicated process. 

New Families 

  • Apply for Tuition Assistance for the upcoming school year by submitting the SSS application for Tuition Assistance and uploading your most recent tax return by February 15, 2022.
  • Tuition Assistance awards and admissions decisions published by March 4, 2022.

Currently Enrolled Families 

  • Apply for Tuition Assistance for the upcoming school year by submitting the SSS application for Tuition Assistance and uploading your most recent tax return by January 21, 2022.
  • Tuition Assistance awards and re-enrollment contracts published byFebruary 1, 2022.
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Tuition and Affordability FAQs

Is tuition assistance available?

Yes. Sacramento Country Day awards more than $2 million dollars in assistance each year.  Country Day is committed to helping families from socio-economically diverse backgrounds access a Country Day education. 

Sacramento Country Day uses School and Student Services (SSS), an online service of the National Association of Independent Schools, to process our tuition aid applications. Tuition aid awards are ultimately determined by the School’s Tuition Assistance Committee.

Does Country Day offer tuition payment plans?

Yes. We offer one, two, and ten payment plans for your convenience. Payments can also be made by credit card with a 2.85% convenience fee.

Does Country Day offer scholarships?

Yes. Each year, Country Day awards two high school scholarships to new ninth grade students through our Country Day Scholars Program, designed to reach students from underserved communities. Scholars must demonstrate financial need and qualify for need-based assistance in accordance with the School’s guidelines as well as demonstrate exceptional promise in one or more of the following areas: academics, leadership, innovation, arts, and service.

Does your school offer a sibling discount?

Rather than offer an automatic discount for siblings, we encourage you to apply for tuition assistance so that your family’s circumstances can be considered.

How much Tuition Assistance is typically awarded? 

While every family’s situation is different, Country Day strives to be able to provide a wide range of help to as many eligible families as possible. The average tuition assistance award can be as high as $11,000 per student each year.

When does the Tuition Assistance application open?

The Tuition Assistance application window opens each year in September and the deadline for both new and returning families is usually in late January or early February.

Do returning families need to reapply for Tuition Assistance? 

Yes. Each year that a family is seeking Tuition Assistance they are asked to reapply. 

Is technology included in tuition?

Tuition covers the cost of personal technology devices for Grades 6-12. Students in 6th-8th grade are issued Chromebooks. Grades 9-12 use MacBook Air computers. Lower School students have access to iPads via mobile carts.

Are textbooks included in tuition?

There is no charge for textbooks from Pre-K – Grade 5. All students in Grades 6-12 purchase their own textbooks, a standard practice at independent schools.

Are there any other costs not covered in tuition?

Class trips for Grades 4-12 are an additional cost, as are our hot lunch program, extended care and/or after-school programs.

Is Tuition Assistance available for mid-year applicants? 

Tuition Assistance applications may be completed for candidates joining us during the school year; however, tuition assistance funding for a particular school year is largely allocated during the previous winter and spring months and availability is significantly limited for mid-year applicants.

Is tuition prorated for mid-year applicants?

Yes. Tuition for qualified mid-year candidates is prorated for most entry months.

Do Tuition Assistance awards need to be paid back? 

No. Country Day’s Tuition Assistance awards are grants, not loans, and do not have to be repaid.