Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Schools & Job Training  > Elementary School

Elementary School Cost


How Much Does Elementary School Cost?

 
average costPublic Schools: Free; extra fees $10-$3,500high costPrivate Schools: $2,000-$40,000+ a year
post E-mail post Post   Comments (1)

Sometimes called grade or grammar school, elementary school typically includes kindergarten to fifth grade; the sixth, seventh and eighth grades are usually referred to as middle school, although some elementary schools cover kindergarten to eighth grade.

Typical costs:

  • Public schools are funded through federal, state and local government sources. They do not charge tuition, but many school districts now have fees of $10-$100 or more for school supplies, field trips, special programs or other "extras." For example, Mary Munford Elementary[1] in Richmond, VA, charges $45 for kindergarten ($15 activity fee, $30 fieldtrip fee), $53 for first grade, $70 for second, $60 for third, $80 for fourth and $70 for fifth grade ($15 activity fee, $25 school supply fee, $5 reading program fee, $25 fieldtrip fee).
  • Because most states only fund a half-day of kindergarten (about three hours), there is usually no charge for students attending traditional half-day programs, but some public schools charge tuition for full-day kindergarten (about six hours, matching the first- to fifth-grade schedule) of $1,000-$5,000 for the school year.
  • Private school tuition for elementary students can be $2,000-$50,000 or more a year, depending on the focus and teaching style of the school, whether it is religious or nonsectarian, the ratio of teachers to pupils, the location and demand. The National Center for Education Statistics[2] estimates the average private school tuition for elementary students in 2007-2008 was $6,733 for all private schools; $4,944 at Catholic schools; $6,576 at other religious institutions; and $15,945 for nonsectarian schools.
  • The National Catholic Education Association[3] estimates the average parish elementary school tuition at $3,673. In Cincinnati, the average tuition at nine inner-city Catholic schools[4] is $4,600, with scholarships provided by a nonprofit foundation.
  • The National Association of Independent Schools[5] reports its members charge an average median tuition for first or third grade of $17,669 a year for day students and $43,680 for residential (boarding school) elementary students. However, costs can be considerably higher, particularly for specialized programs. For example, at Landmark School[6] in Massachusetts, which specializes in students with learning disabilities, 2012-13 tuition was $48,200 for day pupils and $64,200 for residential students.
Related articles: Preschool, High School, College, Community College, Summer School

Additional costs:
  • For working parents, before and after school care can cost $100-$500 or more a month at public schools (it might be free for low-income students) or $300-$800 or more monthly at private schools.
  • Private schools and some public schools require students to wear a school uniform. These can cost $25-$200 per outfit for a uniform of mix-and-match standardized clothing from a variety of retailers; or $100-$500 or more per outfit for specific uniform items from an official provider.
  • It averages $2.08 to buy a public school lunch or $3.42 to bring a bag lunch, according to the School Nutrition Association. Low-income students may qualify for free or reduced-price 40 cents maximum) lunches. Some private schools include the cost of lunch in the tuition, or there may be an annual charge of $500-$1,000 or more. The Swain School[7] in Allentown, PA charges $880 a year for grade school lunches.
  • Public schools typically provide free bus service for low-income students but other students may have to buy an annual bus pass for $100-$325 or more. Jeffco Public Schools[8] in Colorado charges $150-$200 per child.
  • Parents may be responsible for providing transportation to a private school; or it can cost $300-$2,000 or more. For example, Ravenscroft[9] in Raleigh, NC charges annual bus fees of $360-$1,750, depending on the student's location.
Discounts:
  • Many private schools offer sibling discounts of 5%-25% for multiple children from the same family. Some offer full or partial scholarships or waive fees for students from low-income families.
  • BabyCenter.com offers tips on finding financial aid[10] for private school tuition.
Shopping for elementary school:
  • Tour the campus, asking about class sizes and educational philosophy. PBS.org lists tips for choosing an elementary school.[11]
  • Search for local public schools[12] or members of the National Association of Independent Schools[13] , National Catholic Educational Association[14] or Association of Waldorf Schools of North America[15] .
post E-mail post Post   Comments (1)
CostHelper News


3 Ways to Have the Government Pay You Back for Your Energy Efficient Upgrades
Any renovations or upgrades made to your home this year that included energy-efficient appliances could be eligible for some federal energy tax credits. But it's not just appliances. || Posted December 9 2013


7 Lesser-Known Discounts for the 50+ Crowd
As they age, members of the Baby Boomer generation don't like to admit that they're senior citizens, but they love getting discounts. It's kind of a quandary, because some of the best deals available are reduced prices for older folks. || Posted October 21 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
$10 a full day for Kindergarten
Amount: $1,800.00 per year
Posted by: Petra in Prescott, AZ.Posted: June 8th, 2010 09:06PM
School: Public and Private
In my area (Prescott, AZ) they will charge $9-$10 a school day for a full-time curriculum for Kindergarten. It does not matter if it is a Private or a Public school. Funds have been cut. Public school still offers a half day for free, but that is only 3 hours, and if you are a working parent that is very inconvenient. So now you still pay your taxes AND you have to contribute to the school or pay for after-care.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With Elementary School
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  * per year
School:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  web.richmond.k12.va.us/mmes/Students/SchoolFees.aspx
  2.  nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d10/tables/dt10_063.asp?referrer=list
  3.  www.ncea.org/news/annualdatareport.asp
  4.  www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/cise-catholic-inter-city-schools-educatio...
  5.  www.nais.org/Statistics/Documents/NAISFactsAtAGlance201112.pdf
  6.  www.landmarkschool.org/admission/affording-landmark
  7.  www.swain.org/admissions/tuition-information/kindergarten-8th-grade.html
  8.  www.jeffcopublicschools.org/transportation/
  9.  www.ravenscroft.org/page.cfm?p=24
  10.  www.babycenter.com/0_how-to-get-financial-assistance-for-private-school-tuition_64647.bc
  11.  www.pbs.org/parents/education/going-to-school/choosing/elementary-middle/
  12.  nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/
  13.  www.nais.org/Users/Pages/SchoolSearch.aspx?src=footer
  14.  www.ncea.org/news/SchoolDiocesanLocator.asp
  15.  www.whywaldorfworks.org/05_FindASchool/?src=trakkware
More Schools & Job Training Topics
Check Out All Costs for Schools & Job Training How Much Does EMT Training and Certification Cost? How Much Does Middle School Cost? How Much Does Becoming a Photographer Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com



Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Brazillian Knot
Paid: 275.00
I tried brazillian knot for the first time and it hurt soooo bad!!!! Never Again!!! I had to cut them out right away. I kept them in for 2 days and then that was it, I could not take it... [more]
-annejevas2
Hair Extensions Cost
Sleep Study
Paid: 6400.00
Wow what a rip off will never go to that hospital again. I will go shopping for my next procedure... [more]
-
Sleep Apnea Treatment Cost
Cost of a deck
Paid: 5000.00
I was wondering if I paid to much for my 10X25 rectangle deck with treated wood? It has 3 stairs about 3 feet in width and 25 feet of railings... [more]
-LB
Deck Cost
Rabbit costs
Paid: 10.00
The dwarf cross, Sunday(male, neutered) was a CL freebie. Womans cat brought 2 approx 3-4 wk old babies, dont know where mother was. He was soooo tiny, dehydrated, & a bit cold... [more]
-shawnna Stone
Rabbit Cost
MRI FH Outpatient/CT FH Outpatient
Paid: 319.80
MRI Amount billed by hospital $9025.82!!!!!January 2014CT FH- outpatient - billed $5146... [more]
-Janie D
MRI Cost
Is my pricing high?
Paid: 1400.00
Just saw the dentist today. Informed I am in need of two extractions and two bone graphs. My insurance does not cover bone grafts... [more]
-
Dental Bone Graft Cost