Affording CDS

Tuition & Fees

Every January, the Board of Trustees sets tuition for the upcoming school year. Full tuition for the 2022-2023 school year is $39,840 for preschool-grade 4, and $40,550 for grades 5-8.
Sliding scale tuition ranges from 5% of full tuition to 95% of full tuition. Tuition includes books, supplies, and field trips.

The 2021-2022 fees for our extended day program (participation is optional) are:

  • After-school program: $0-$12.50/hour depending on sliding scale tuition rates
  • For families consistently using extended care for their children for more than 12 hours per week, Annual Full Care is the most cost-effective option. Annual Full Care ranges from $0-$4,900 depending on sliding scale.

Please note that Annual Full Care fees may be reduced depending on the hours that can be offered because of health and safety restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Payment Options

Students are enrolled for the entire academic year. There are two ways tuition can be paid. Both plans require families to sign an enrollment agreement and pay a non-refundable reservation/enrollment deposit of 10% of tuition, which must accompany the enrollment agreement. This deposit will be credited to tuition.

  • The single payment plan gives you the convenience of one payment to cover tuition for the year (tuition balance after deposit, due June 1).
  • The ten-month payment plan gives you the flexibility of paying over a ten-month period, from June 1 through January 1, March 1, and April 1 (no current school year tuition payment in February, as nonrefundable deposits for the upcoming school year are due in February). Arranged through the Blackbaud Tuition Management program, we automatically deduct your payments from an account you designate on either the 1st or the 15th of each month. No interest is charged for this service, but there is a yearly set-up fee. If you choose this plan, you will be required to purchase tuition refund insurance.
Under both plans, tuition refund insurance is available through A.W.G. Dewar, Inc (view brochure). This plan provides partial insurance coverage in the event of a separation or withdrawal from CDS for a variety of reasons. The premium for this plan is based on tuition, and for 2022-2023 it is 1.05% of tuition. Enrollment is handled by automatic billing on the June statement. Families using the ten-month payment plan are required to purchase tuition refund insurance; the school strongly suggests that all families purchase tuition insurance.

Tuition does not cover the entire cost of educating a child at CDS. During the year, we will ask you to contribute additional financial support, to the best of your ability, to our fundraising programs
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