We understand that the decision to provide an independent school education represents a significant financial investment. Our desire is to make it possible for families to enroll their children at Dunham regardless of their economic circumstances. In order to partner with families and provide greater access to a Dunham education, we offer need-based tuition assistance and several payment plans. Other avenues of support include merit awards and the Virtus Scholarship Program for high achieving incoming students.
Take a moment to learn more about our tuition and fees, our tuition assistance program, merit awards, and the Virtus Scholarship. If you have any questions, please contact our Admissions Office. We're here to assist you in making a Dunham education possible for your child.
Tuition and fees for the 2023-2024 school year are indicated below. Please contact the Admissions Office for a detailed explanation of tuition, fees, and payment options. Tuition and fees for the McKay Academic Center can be found here.
Grades 9-12 - $22,405
Grades 5-8 - $21,135
Grades 2-4 - $19,290
First Grade - $17,250
Kindergarten - $15,525
PreK 4 - $13,755
PreK 3 - $12,840
Dunham Early Childhood Center
$13,950 (10-month contract)
$16,740 (12-month contract)
Re-enrollment fee (PK3-12) - $300; non-refundable; due on or before Jan. 31; increases to $550 after Jan. 31)
Technology fee (PK4-12) - $650
Dining Services - $550 (PK3/PK4); $880 (K-4); $1,090 (5-8); $1,190 (9-12)
Facilities Fee - $300 (PK3-12)
New Student Enrollment fee (K-12) - $750 (one-time, non-refundable fee for new students only; waived for children of alumni)
Option 1 - one-time payment due by March 20
Option 2 - payment in four (4) equal installments due March 20, April 20, May 20, and June 20 or the 1st four consecutive months after enrolling.
Option 3 - payment in equal monthly installments beginning the month following enrollment with the final payment due February 20; please note that six percent interest is added to monthly payments (PK3-12 only)
An independent school education is a significant investment, requiring planning and often sacrifice on the part of parents. As a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), we strongly believe the family, to the extent that they are able, is responsible for financing a child’s education. We do understand, however, that not every family has the means to cover the full cost of tuition. Therefore, we offer need-based tuition assistance for those who would otherwise be unable to consider enrolling their children at The Dunham School.
Financial need is evaluated by ISM's Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST), a service that provides schools with a third-party analysis and guidelines for making tuition assistance awards fairly and equitably. FAST considers a number of factors, including income and assets, and number of dependents. Allowances are made for living expenses, retirement, taxes, medical costs, and other unusual expenses. The FAST analysis serves as a guide for the school and is not a guarantee of an award amount. All tuition assistance decisions are made in-house by our Tuition Assistance Committee.
Tuition assistance is available for students in PK3-12th grade. It is not available for Dunham Early Childhood Center students. Families of all socioeconomic backgrounds are encouraged to apply if they have a need. When the tuition assistance application opens for the following school year, we recommend applying for tuition assistance early as funds are limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Tuition assistance awards are made only after a current student has re-enrolled or a prospective student has received an offer of placement at Dunham.
If you have questions about tuition assistance, please contact Michelle Pricer.
Please note: Tuition assistance is closed for the 2023-2024 school year. FAST will begin accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year on December 13, 2023.
To apply for tuition assistance, submit an online application to FAST along with the non refundable $53 fee (payable by credit card). The priority application deadline is January 31, 2024.
The Virtus Scholarship Program at Dunham awards full-tuition merit scholarships to new students entering grades 8-10 who have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, character, and leadership. Virtus Scholarships are based on individual merit, not financial need. A student's eligibility for the Virtus Scholarship is determined by the Dunham Admissions Office after taking our Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) and all school records have been received. Candidates who are not awarded a Virtus Scholarship may be considered for a merit award and are also encouraged to apply for tuition assistance. Please contact our Admissions Office if you have any questions about applying for the Virtus Scholarship.
Any new student entering grades 8-10 who meets the following criteria may be considered for a Virtus Scholarship:
The Merit Award Program at Dunham awards academic merit scholarships to new students entering grades 7-10 who have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, character, and leadership. Award amounts vary and are determined by the Merit Scholarship Committee in partnership with the Division Head. All merit awards are subject to budget availability. Not every qualifying student will receive a merit award.
Any new student entering grades 7-10 who meets the following criteria may be considered for a Merit Award:
Our PreK3-4th grade program is the perfect blend of a classical education combined with technology, innovation, and cross-cultural literacy.
Our 5th-8th grade program balances academics with athletics and arts in preparation for the rigor and expectations of Upper School.
Our high school program prepares students for success in college and career through academic rigor, athletics, arts, and leadership.
Our athletic program unleashes confidence and enables students to compete at the highest level - on and off of the field.
Outstanding theater, dance, visual arts, and music offerings inspire creativity, confidence, and a lifelong appreciation for the arts.
The Dunham experience rests upon a foundation of faith as we strive to educate our students' minds and hearts for Christ.