The Clapham School policy on tuition differs from most other schools in a number of respects.

  1. We limit our class sizes to no more than 16 students per class so the student to teacher ratio compares favorably to most other day school options. The benefit from smaller class sizes cannot be underestimated.
  2. Our model is focused on creating a challenging, yet nurturing classroom environment. Therefore, we put the funds in places that lead to that, namely, our teaching staff, training and curriculum.
  3. Clapham School is accredited by ISACS. Our tuition rates remain lower than other ISACS accredited schools in the Chicago area that we view as more comparable competitors academically.


Naturally then, we place significant focus on raising funds to help award scholarships for those families that need some financial help in affording a Clapham education for their children. Clapham School has stated a goal to never turn away a student because of financial need. We strongly encourage interested families to apply for financial aid in the form of Need Based Grants. For the families who are the right fit for our unique model, our financial aid process is the way we ensure that a Clapham education is affordable.


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Tuition rates for the 2018-2019 school year


Explorers I – $3,910

Explorers II – $5,670

Lower School Class 1 – Class 5 – $11,390

Middle School Class 6 – Class 7 – $11,390

Upper School Class 9 – Class 12 – $12,380

Part Time Upper School – $2,000 per course credit

*Explorer I runs 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday).  Students must be age 4 before September 1, 2018.

*Explorers II runs 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday).  Students must be age 5 before September 1, 2018.


Multi-Student Family Discount

2 children enrolled – $500 per family

3 children enrolled – $1,500 per family

4 children enrolled – $2,500 per family

5 or more children enrolled – $3,500 per family


Tax Considerations

You may qualify for an annual tax credit as set out in the Illinois tax credit law. Check with your tax preparer or the Illinois Department of Revenue. Also please check with a trusted tax expert on the new laws allowing the use of 529 savings plans for private elementary education.


Additional Charges

Curriculum and Supplies (billed in July) – $200 per student

Activity and Field Trips (billed in July) – $160 per student

Clubs, Aftercare and Sports are optional and are billed separately.


FACTS Tuition Management

Clapham School uses the FACTS Tuition Management system to process payment for school tuition, clubs and other fees.