Tuition and Financial Aid

Garden School is an independent, not-for-profit institution whose operating expenses are covered solely through tuition, contributions, and our auxiliary programs. Garden School receives no funding from local or federal governments or religious organizations.

The school is committed to offering an excellent academic choice while remaining a realistic option for New York families. Consequently, our annual tuition remains one of the lowest among New York independent schools and our community reflects and enjoys the benefits of the cultural richness of our surroundings.

In addition, our lunch, transportation and extended day programs, offered as extras, address the practical concerns of many families.

Tuition for the 2015/16 Academic Year

The 2015-2016 tuition was set by the Board of Trustees in the spring.

(See also Part-time pricing options for nursery)

Grade 1$16,750
Grade 2$16,750
Grade 3$16,750
Grade 4$16,750
Grade 5$16,750
Grade 6$16,750
Grade 7$16,750
Grade 8$16,750
Grade 9$16,750
Grade 10$16,750
Grade 11$16,950*
Grade 12$17,150**

Note: There is a $500.00 discount per sibling after the first child.

* includes Junior Fee

**includes Senior Fee

Deposit and Payment Plans

A $1,000.00 deposit is paid with all signed Enrollment Agreements in order to secure a student’s place at Garden School. This deposit is deducted from the tuition balance.

There are three payment plans offered to pay annual tuition:

  • Single Payment (one lump sum) due July 1 – $150 discount
  • Four Equal Payments on or before July 1, September 1, November 1, and February 1 of the above school year
  • Eleven Monthly Payments due on the first of each month beginning on July 1 with all payments completed by May 1, 2016. A 5% service charge, computed on the balance after the deposit, will be applied on or before July 1, September 1, November 1, and February 1 of the above school year.
  • All payments can be made with cash, check and via Paypal. MasterCard and Visa are also accepted with a 2% service fee.

    Financial Aid

    A limited amount of financial aid is available to families. Families are encouraged to apply to the school and for financial aid as soon as enrollment (and re-enrollment) agreements are received. Any delay with the request form or documents can affect the award amount.

    Decisions are made by the Financial Aid Committee and are based on each family’s demonstrated and documented need. Requests using the Financial Aid Request Form must be submitted with up-to-date, supporting tax documents once the student has been accepted into the program and the signed Enrollment Agreement and deposit has been returned. If an award amount cannot be agreed upon, the deposit is returned to the family in full and the student’s enrollment cancelled.

    In addition to applying to financial aid, families with students applying for grades 6-11, are also encouraged to register for the annual Merit Scholarship Exam, typically scheduled for the first Saturday in December. More information on the Merit Scholarship Program can be found here and in this Merit Scholarship Explanation 11-15 sheet.

    Bond Endowment Fund

    The Fund is used for programs not supported by tuition, including capital improvements. Other independent schools increase tuition to the levels needed to meet the budget demands. The Bond Endowment Fund helps Garden School keep tuition reasonable.

    All Garden School families in pre-kindergarten and above are required to participate in the Bond Endowment Fund Program by making a one-time contribution of $2,000.00 to the School. These monies are held by Garden School and are refundable upon graduation or separation from the school under certain conditions.

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    Meal Plan

    Garden School offers a breakfast and a lunch program payable on a daily basis, by the semester or by the year.

    Click here for more information.

    Private Bus Transportation

    For the past seven years, Garden School has owned and operated a fleet of five bus19-passenger, heated and air-conditioned, GMAC school buses to transport students to and from school.

    Our price structure is based on zones and the distance from the school. The exact charge will be determined as routes are set up. The fee for transportation is included on tuition statements and paid in accordance with your current payment plan.

    The buses leave after school at approximately 3:00 pm. There is also a “late bus” at 5:00 pm for students wishing to remain at school for extra help or to participate in sports, music, foundations classes or the general after school program.

    There are a limited number of seats and a significant number of families that express interest in bus transportation. Please contact Ms. Maisano (mmaisano(at) as soon as possible in the Business Office to secure seat(s).