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


Glenelg Country School is proud to use a program called Clarity to determine a family’s level of financial need based on household assets, income, expenses, and debts.


To get started, please go to the Clarity Application and create an account. The application typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The Clarity Application is also mobile-friendly, so you can complete it from anywhere. You are also able to save your progress and return at any time. At the end of the application, there is a $60 fee to submit, and you can share your application with other schools that also partner with Clarity for no additional charge.


Please remember to return to your dashboard after you complete and submit your Clarity Application, as Glenelg Country School requires you to upload additional documentation.


The deadline for completing the financial aid application, including relevant supplemental documents, is January 15 for new families applying to our school and December 15 for current GCS families.


If you need help completing your application, you can access in-app support through the “Help” button at the bottom left of the screen, as well as email and phone support at or 206-210-3752.