Tuition Value

There are a few important things we’d like to share with you as you consider our school for your family. We know how important the “bottom line” is, but learning why we believe “WE’RE WORTH IT” may better assist you in finding great value in our program.


OUR TEACHERS  Impart more than knowledge, but are also invested in cultivating our students’ passions.  They are excellent and they are continuous learners. Our teachers are careful to nurture students’ character, faith, and critical thinking skills. We are not interested in telling students what to think, but we want to teach them how to think for themselves.

OUR STUDENTS  We have developed a culture of humility, grace and unity and in response students have taken ownership of their community to ensure that it feels very much like a family.  Our students have a voice here, so it is their pleasure to drive student lead programs as a means to facilitate an engaging and great place to learn.

JESUS  Is why we do what we do. God’s word is the foundational text for our worldview, thus we strive to glorify him through our daily living and how we care for one another. Christian principles are implemented throughout our curriculum and help us to examine our program so that it aligns with our mission and core values.

DIVERSITY & RACIAL UNITY  BENEFITS EVERYONE. We are a very rare school because of the way we cultivate socio-economic diversity and cultural competency within our school community and that benefits your family. The City School is a beautifully diverse community of learners pursuing excellence together. Learning in a diverse population prepares your child for a lifetime of building relationships with people with different experiences and perspectives.

So, if you can afford the full-tuition of $9460, it is worth it. If you cannot, it is also worth it—whatever you pay based on your unique financial circumstances. We are committed to excellence in the education of children and are constantly striving to get better. We are committed to creating access, within our means, to this exceptional private Christian education for anyone who wants to be a part of our school family.  This year, nearly 400 children are at The City School because we are worth it.


We ask three basic questions when reviewing need-based financial applications. (We do not process it through some complex, anonymous computer model.)

  1. What do you feel you can afford to pay? You know your budget better than we do, regardless of the number of children you desire to enroll.
  2. Is that amount consistent with other families in similar financial circumstances? Every family is unique, but we don’t play favorites.
  3. Can we afford to provide the level of financial aid necessary to meet your families financial responsibilities? We try our hardest to meet you at your need. Some families pay as little as $100 per month per child, but to be honest, we could not be sustainable as a school if most families paid that amount. It all comes down to being worth the investment and sacrifice, whatever your financial circumstance. 


Annual Tuition Rate
10 Month Payments11 Month Payments
(part day pre-K only)

Financial aid processes within two weeks of a submitted application. While the allocation of aid varies a family who is eligible to receive $5000 in financial aid could opt to make that payment in full or pay $446 a month for 10 months or $406 a month for 11 months.

Multi-Child Discount:

$1,000 is reduced from the annual tuition per student for the second and third students enrolled.

$2,000 is reduced from the annual tuition per student for the fourth and any additional students enrolled.

Early-payment Discount:

A two-percent discount is available if tuition is paid in full directly to the school by Friday, July, 24, 2020.


Annual Re-enrollment Fee (current Family): Current students are only guaranteed placement when re-enrolled by January 3.

$150 per family received by Friday, January 3, 2020

$220 per family received after Friday, January 3, 2020

Extended Day Program: $4 per hour or any part of an hour

The Extended Day Program is available before and after most school days for students in pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade.

Financial Aid Application:  $15 per family

Any family may apply for financial aid after admission has been awarded. To receive aid annually, be sure to re-apply each year. We seek to ensure that a high quality education in the name of Jesus is accessible to any family committed to partner with The City School. Submitting an application does not guarantee aid will be granted.

ONE CHILD AT A TIME — The City School is a Pre-K to Grade 12 Christian school in the heart of Philadelphia. We believe an excellent education should be accessible for families in the city.