What Does Tuition Cover?
All regular student programming is included in the price of tuition. Our tuition is intended to be all-inclusive; our goal is for families not to encounter unexpected costs over the course of the academic year. Tuition includes the cost of athletics, all required class trips including those that involve plane travel, textbooks, performing arts, and many other activities. *The increase in tuition between 10th and 11th grade relates to air travel and our college guidance program.
Tuition does not include lunch (the school offers a buy-in lunch program), personal school supplies, and AP/standardized test fees. Some elective activities such as school dances or overnight trips for Model UN may involve an additional cost for those students who choose to participate.
Additionally, there is a fee associated with our culminating experiential learning program that happens at the end of every school year, Emphasis Week. The cost of this required end-of-year program is not included in tuition; the fees for this week vary depending on the nature of the activity/trip. Choices usually range in cost between $30-$700 for the week.
The school provides onsite tutoring through Tandem Friends’ Learning Resource Center. Students may meet with tutors during their free periods or before or after school for general help, subject-specific, and/or organizational tutoring at an additional cost.
Tandem Friends School seeks students who will thrive in our unique educational environment, who will explore our school program to its fullest, and who will make a difference in the world when they graduate. Tandem Friends School strives to maintain a student body that represents a wide range of backgrounds, cultures, walks of life, and financial circumstances.
We appreciate that for most families, an independent school education represents a substantial financial commitment, one that requires prioritizing education over other expenses. To assist families with their educational goals, Tandem Friends makes financial aid available each year to families with demonstrated need. These grants make it possible for many families to enroll one or several children at our school.
Financial aid at Tandem Friends is funded by our operating budget. Every year, financial aid availability depends on several factors that include: our annual budget, our projected enrollment, the number of families in the financial aid applicant pool, and each family's unique circumstances. The Financial Aid Committee takes these elements into account and endeavors to fairly and objectively maximize each family's award while staying within our budget. While the amount of financial aid the school can provide is limited, we do our best to meet the needs of families who apply to the school and whose financial circumstances qualify them for financial aid.
Families should note that financial aid only covers tuition expense. Families should also budget for additional expenses throughout the school year such as the cost of personal school supplies, the cost of lunch (students may either bring or buy their lunch), tutoring fees (when applicable), and AP test fees (when applicable).