Tuition & Tuition Assistance
For over 35 years, Almaden Country School has provided a renowned, challenging, whole-child education rooted in child development research; we understand one size does not fit all, and that with children timing is everything.
Children at ACS thrive in our safe-to-try, opportunity-rich environment; they design in our Imaginarium, think like scientists in our STEAM classrooms, explore their gifts in our drama, music, art, PE, technology, foreign language, and elective classes, and prepare to succeed in high school, college, and the 21st century workplace with our focus on Mission Skills.
We thank you for considering Almaden Country School as your partner in your child's education.
2017 - 2018 Tuition
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|Grade Level||Basic Tuition||Enrollment Fee||Total|
|Preschool & Junior Kindergarten (8am-noon schedule)||$15,860||$800||$16,660|
|Preschool & Junior Kindergarten (8am-3pm extended schedule)||$21,830||$800||$22,630|
|Kindergarten - Grade 5||$22,340||$1,500||$23,840|
|Middle School Program (Grades 6-8 including book fee)||$23,320||$1,500||$24,820|
|International Students |
(Total includes international student fee)
Tuition Payment Options
Almaden Country School requires that Basic Tuition be paid in one of two ways:
Option 1 – Single Annual Payment. Basic Tuition paid in full by May 31. There is a discount for single annual payment. The Preschool and Junior Kindergarten discount is $275 and the Kindergarten through 8th grade discount is $400. Please contact the Business Office if you have questions.
Option 2 – Monthly Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). If you wish to pay Basic Tuition on a monthly basis, you will need to authorize the school to electronically withdraw funds from your bank account starting in June and running through May. Tuition is drawn over 11 months with the February draw devoted to the re-enrollment fee.
During the annual re-enrollment window, current families have the opportunity to re-enroll their student(s) before the school offers admission to prospective students. To complete re-enrollment and reserve a spot for the following school year, the online contact must be completed, and the re-enrollment fee must be paid by check (for families who pay tuition in one payment) or via EFT (for families who pay tuition monthly via EFT). Current families will also be able to let the Advancement Office know if they do not plan to return the following year.
A one-time, non-refundable $100 application fee is due with each application. Upon confirmation of acceptance to the school, the non-refundable enrollment fee for each student is due within one week.
New Student Shadow Dates
New students applying to enter grades 1 - 8 will visit and participate in the classroom for two days. The Admissions Office will set these shadow dates. New students applying to enter Junior Kindergarten or Kindergarten are evaluated on an individual basis. Preschool applicants do not shadow as part of the application process.
During the re-enrollment process, if we receive a “Request for Records” from another school we will assume your child no longer intends to enroll and his/her space will be forfeited. Upon withdrawal after school has begun, you are eligible for a refund of any unused Basic Tuition and Apple Orchard fees paid, prorated by the number of days attended, less a $250 withdrawal fee. Enrollment fees are non-refundable.
International Student Fee
The International Student Fee covers the costs of the additional time and attention international students require from admissions staff, faculty, and administration, as well as the services provided by the International Student Coordinator.
There will be additional fees during the school year to pay for things such as overnight field trips (est. $200- $2,200), after-school sports (est. $150-200), and optional hot lunch (est. $6/day). A $25 late fee may be added to any fees that are not received by the due date.
Students and parents attending Almaden Country School are expected to understand and abide by the principles and policies outlined in the Parent Handbook (available on the website under Parent's Corner). Failure to do so may result in termination from school at the sole discretion of the Head of School. Services may be terminated if it is determined through observations and parent meetings that Almaden Country School does not meet the needs of your child.
Almaden Country School is a nonprofit organization funded by tuition and charitable contributions. All fees are subject to change.