Affording MCDS

Economic diversity improves the educational and social experience for students and is critical to sustaining a healthy school culture.

Indexed Tuition is our tuition affordability model at MCDS. This equitable model supports our commitment to making an MCDS education accessible to a wide range of families with a variety of economic circumstances.



Tuition Ranges

Grades K - 4$1000-$31,600
Grade 5$1000-$32,200
Grades 6 - 8$1000-$34,400

Tuition includes:
the cost of instruction, books and educational materials, lunch, outdoor education, field trips, laboratory fees, yearbooks, and athletic uniforms.

Tuition does not include:
the cost of optional items such as transportation, special tutoring, and extended care or after-school programs


Tuition below the top of the index:

  • includes bus transportation at no extra cost
  • extends to programs such as tutoring and after-school care; additional fees are indexed at the same rate as tuition.

Tuition fees for the 2018-19 school year will be determined in February 2018.

21% of MCDS families pay below the top of the index.


  • Indexed Tuition at MCDS was launched in 2001 as a way to increase socio-economic diversity at MCDS.
  • Every student's tuition is indexed to some degree; the highest tuition rate does not completely cover the full cost of educating a student at MCDS.
  • Families must apply for I.T. each year and tuition can move up or down in line with a families economic profile.
  • Tuition determinations are made by a familiy's entire financial profile, not solely income, and are assessed by the MCDS I.T. committee and SSS.
  • Indexed Tuition dollars are derived primarily from the school's operating budget and unrestricted endowment income.

Indexed Tuition Applications Due January 12, 2018



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Questions? Contact:

Kara Díaz

Indexed Tuition & Enrollment Coordinator

kdiaz@mcds.org



MCDS uses School and Student Service (SSS) to manage applications for indexed tuition.