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$1,000-$33,020
Grade 5$1,000-$33,650
Grades 6 - 8$1,000-$35,950

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 2019-20 school year will be determined in February 2019.

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


  • Indexed tuition (IT) 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 IT 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 IT 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

kdiaz@mcds.org

415.927.5919



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