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Your Financial Support

Almaden Country Day School is a not-for-profit school that is funded solely by tuition, fees and donations.

Application Fee

Students who enroll for the following year pay a non-refundable application fee. Specific information pertaining to re-enrollment, priority re-enrollment dates and tuition rates for the following September is communicated earlier in the year. Please refer to the Tuition & Fees page for the current rates.


Tuition is a yearly fee and includes a non-refundable tuition deposit due at the time of enrollment/re-enrollment. A current tuition schedule is available from the office or online. Almaden Country Day School requires that tuition be paid in one of two ways:

  • Single annual payment paid in full by the date designated on the current tuition schedule.
  • Monthly Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) over 11 months beginning in June. EFT forms, authorizing the school to electronically draw funds from your bank account, must be received by the date designated on the current tuition schedule.

Unpaid Balances

Tuition and Extended Care fees must be paid in full by the last day of school. Report cards are withheld if there is an outstanding balance for tuition, lunch, library, or other costs incurred during the school year.

Late Tuition and Fees Payment

A $25 late fee may be added to any fees that are not received by the due date, or for any paid fees that are rejected by the bank for insufficient funds.

Tuition Support

Almaden Country Day School is pleased to be able to offer our Tuition Support program. If you believe that your resources are not sufficient to meet the total costs of an ACDS education, we encourage you to apply for Tuition Support. Demonstrated need is determined by Clarity, a third-party financial calculator, that will prequalify applicants for Tuition Support along with any supplemental information provided by the family. The allocation of tuition assistance will then be reviewed by the ACDS Tuition Support Committee based on:

  • Clarity report and supplemental information
  • Current cost of living and other variables
  • Student's academic and behavioral standing from current and/or previous school(s)
  • Ways in which the student's family will contribute/contributes to the life of the school (e.g. volunteering) or otherwise demonstrates a commitment to ACDS

Based on the Clarity report and considerations above, the Committee then makes its recommendation to our CFO, who relays the award information to the family.

ACDS does not award merit scholarships or full tuition grants.


Almaden Country Day School is a qualified not-for-profit organization according to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. As such, any donations to the school are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Fundraising occurs through the Almaden Country Day School Development Committee and through the Parent Service Auxiliary. They will coordinate your donations and provide necessary tax records. All parents are expected to participate in the school’s fundraising initiatives, within their means. These fundraising initiatives directly impact the outstanding programs and memorable events that enrich your child’s education. The Annual Giving Campaign is conducted every year to support current operating needs of the school not covered by tuition and fees. Other campaigns are run on an as-needed basis for non-operating projects and may cover a several year period of several years.

Other Fees

Other fees during the school year not covered by tuition include, but are not limited to, overnight field trips (est. $200- $2,200), after-school sports (est. $150-200), and optional hot lunch (est. $7/day).