Admissions

Indexed Tuition

The Indexed Tuition program has made it possible for our child to attend a great school that we otherwise could not have afforded. The San Francisco School has provided support for our family in more ways than one.”
— Current Middle School Parent

The San Francisco School values diversity in all respects and is committed to the accessibility and affordability of a quality education. We strive for an economically diverse student body and offer indexed tuition to families that may need support while attending SFS. Currently, 28% of our families take part in the indexed tuition program.

Tuition for the 2016-2017 school year

Preschool & Kindergarten (3 - 6 yr. olds)
$29,400
Elementary School (1st - 5th)     
$29,400
Middle School (6th-8th)  
$31,400

 

What is Indexed Tuition?

Due to our commitment to the economic diversity of our family body, not every student is charged the same tuition. Families who apply and qualify for reduced tuition pay a tuition level that takes into consideration what they are able to afford, based on a calculation done through the school and Student Service (SSS), a financial service of the National Association for Independent Schools. The school considers this calculation together with each family’s special circumstances and available funds (almost $1.1 million this year). Through this program, the 2017-18 tuition has been indexed from a minimum of $3,000 to a maximum of $29,400 and $31,400 (Preschool/Elementary School and Middle School, respectively). This year 28% of our students pay tuitions that are below the maximum.

Once a student is awarded an “indexed tuition,” the school is committed to continuing to set their tuition at a level that reflects their family’s calculated ability to pay. Please read through the following documents for more information about the indexed tuition program: Process & Timeline and Policies. You will also need to submit a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) Form as well as various supporting documents to Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). PFS forms become available in October and can be accessed online at sssbynais.org/parents beginning November 1. All forms are due in January to SSS; decisions will be mailed out in March (see Admissions Calendar). The school code is 7100. Please contact Stewart Dorsey, Director of Admissions, for more information about the indexed tuition program.

Tuition is based on a child’s grade level and is payable in one annual payment, four payments,, or ten monthly payments.

An Extended Day Program is offered before and after school from 7:30 - 8:00 am and begins at 3:00 pm for Preschool and Elementary School, and at 3:30 pm for Middle School, ending at 6:00 pm. Extended Day time is tracked in 30 minute increments based on the sign-in and sign-out log at the Front Desk. The cost is $5 per punch, or $10 an hour, and can be purchased in 20, 50 or 100 unit increments (10, 25 or 50 hours). Families either purchase punch cards or the Unlimited Extended Day option through the online registration system. Families receiving Indexed Tuition will also pay an indexed rate for Extended Day. We will apply the same rate that the family receives for tuition to Extended Day and Summer Camps, up to a discount of 50%. In addition, a family may also apply this same rate to one activity class per semester (including music lessons).