Tuition and Financial Aid

At Glenelg Country School, we provide high-quality education in a small class environment. Additionally, diverse academic and extracurricular activities enrich the school experience, and every student is guaranteed personal attention.


Sending your child to Glenelg Country School represents an investment in your child’s future. We understand that choosing our school requires a significant financial commitment, but we also realize that many families are not able to pay the full tuition. It is our goal to open our doors to any student who is offered admission, regardless of their socioeconomic status, through our financial aid program.


Our 2023-2024 budget of $4 million for need-based assistance helps approximately 40% of our students in Kindergarten–Grade 12 benefit from the lifelong advantages of a Glenelg Country School education. Financial aid is not available for Little Dragons and Pre-K students.


Grants of up to 50% of tuition may be offered for students entering Kindergarten–Grade 5; larger grants may be offered for Grades 6–12. For students in grades K-8, the average grant for the 2023-2024 school year is $9,000 and for students in grades 9-12, the average grant is $16,500.

Lower and Middle Schools: Textbooks must be returned at the end of the year. There will be an additional charge if a textbook, library book, or recorder is lost. Major events, such as the Grade 8 Williamsburg Trip, incur an additional cost as do the costs of lunch and parent chaperones on regular field trips.


Upper School: Upper School textbooks are not included. Students will need to purchase the required books for each course. Certain courses, as noted in the Course Description Guide, require the purchase of unique supplies (ex., a camera for photography, a circuit board for digital electronics) in lieu of or in addition to a textbook. Also, Upper School students taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses are charged $100 per course to cover exam and administrative costs. All students enrolled in an AP course will be required to take the exam and will be charged accordingly. All Grade 12 students are charged a senior fee of $250 which covers graduation costs and senior activities.


Please note that GCS required physical education shorts, shirts, sweats, and school locks are not included in the tuition and must be purchased from the School Store.


How to Apply for a Financial Aid Grant


To apply for a financial aid grant, new applicants must submit their financial aid application by January 15 for priority consideration. Glenelg Country School uses a program called Clarity to determine a family’s level of financial need. Demonstrated need is based on the information that families share in the application which includes assets, income, expenses, and debts.


Glenelg Country School offers tuition assistance to families based on need. To determine the level of assistance for which a family qualifies (if applicable), a separate application must be submitted through Clarity


By meeting the January 15 deadline, applicants can expect to receive their financial aid decision, along with their admission decision, in mid-February. Applications are welcome beyond January 15, although the availability of financial assistance may result in limited or no funding.