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Tuition & Affordability

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Everything you need to know about La Scuola's tuition fees - from our preschool fee structure to sliding scale tuition.

At La Scuola, we strive to make our school and our program as accessible as possible. La Scuola offers sliding scale tuition, which is currently used by 30% of families. Please do not hesitate to inquire about sliding scale tuition, or directly complete the FAST Application Form.

San Francisco Tuition Fees (Includes Lunch)

San Francisco Campuses 2024 - 2025

Preschool Half Day (AM)
5-day-schedule

$34,550

Preschool Full Day
5-day-schedule until 5:30 pm

$43,200
Elementary (Grades K-5) $43,770
Middle School (Grades 6-8) $45,860

Silicon Valley Tuition Fees (Includes Lunch)

SILICON VALLEY CAMPUS 2024 - 2025

Preschool Half Day (AM)
5-day-schedule

$30,720

Preschool Full Day
5-day-schedule until 5:30 pm

$38,380
Elementary (Grades K-5) $37,900

Sliding Scale Tuition

2024-25 Sliding Scale Tuition Policy and Guidelines

The purpose of La Scuola’s Sliding Scale Tuition program is to provide financial assistance to families who cannot afford the full cost of tuition. Sliding scale tuition is available for Grandi (3-4 years old), Grandissimi (4-5 years old), and Kindergarten - Grade 8. Diversity enriches the educational opportunity for all families, and participation of a wide range of families is critical to an inclusive school such as La Scuola. Sliding scale tuition is offered on the basis of the demonstrated financial need of the family. Grants are awarded to families according to their level of need as determined by the Independent School Management Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) Program, which provides objective, third-party financial needs assessments, and La Scuola’s Tuition Committee. There are no merit-based awards.

All information from FAST is kept in strict confidence, as is all information relating to a family’s tuition sliding scale request. Final sliding scale tuition decisions are based on the recommendations from FAST, the committee’s assessment of applicants’ needs, and the budgeted funds available. Unfortunately, there is always a greater demand for sliding scale tuition than there are resources. Information reviewed by the Tuition Committee and discussions within committee meetings are strictly confidential.

In accordance with equal opportunity standards, sliding scale tuition awards are made without regard to a student’s race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender identification, sexual identification, family composition, disability, or age and in compliance with existing State and Federal laws or regulations.

La Scuola International School is an independent non-profit school that meets the charitable and educational definitions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Tax Identification Number: 56-2293184). As such, La Scuola receives no funding from State or Federal sources.

Sliding Scale Tuition Application Process

Families requesting sliding scale tuition must submit an application online via the Independent School Management Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) Program. The FAST application form is available online. Sliding scale tuition is available for Grandi (3-4 years old), Grandissimi (4-5 years old), and Kindergarten - Grade 8.

  • The application fee is $53
  • The application deadline is February 1, 2024
  • The Tax Documents deadline is February 8, 2024

Applicants for Sliding Scale Tuition need to file their Federal and State tax returns early. Sliding scale tuition awards are tentative until receipt and review of your completed returns by the La Scuola Tuition Committee. We reserve the right to adjust your award upon review of those returns. If you do not submit all the required documents requested to complete your application, we may withdraw the entire grant.

Award determination letters are mailed along with enrollment contracts. Sliding Scale Tuition dollars are limited and demand is high, so please file your application on time. Please note that applications for sliding scale tuition for new families can only be processed if the student’s admissions application is complete.

Award Considerations

In allocating sliding scale tuition resources the following factors are considered:

  • The applicant family’s financial resources and circumstances
  • Ability to pay tuition and fees as determined by FAST
  • Commitment to independent, international, immersion education
  • Adults in the household are fully employed
  • Applicant family’s expenses include tuition paid to schools and colleges other than La Scuola
  • Diversity
  • Full enrollment
  • The applicant family’s completed and timely application

For Sliding Scale Tuition questions, please contact Nichole Leon directly.

Information from FAST

Start your FAST Application
Start your FAST application link
Intro to FAST Aid for Parents
Intro to FAST Aid for Parents Link
FAST Parent User Guide
FAST Parent User Guide Link

Sliding Scale Tuition FAQ