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Affording a CDS Education

Children’s Day School families have made the financial stretch for an independent school education, because they know that CDS provides:

  • strong academics
  • an enriched program with art, music, drama, and physical education
  • an unparalleled environmental education program anchored by our unique working farm and organic garden
  • a school culture where it is a safe place to be yourself, where students master social competencies that serve them well in high school and in adult life, and where parents are viewed as true partners in the important responsibility of educating children

At CDS, we are committed to making our school accessible and affordable to families from a broad range of economic circumstances, and we are a leader in socioeconomic diversity among San Francisco independent elementary schools. We devote approximately 20% of our operating budget to our sliding scale tuition (for 2016-2017 almost $2.7 million), an unprecedented financial commitment. Twenty-eight percent of our enrolled students are paying sliding scale tuition.

Our sliding scale tuition is strictly need-based and recognizes that each family’s financial situation is unique. While every family is expected to pay some portion of the tuition and to support the community to the extent that individual family circumstances permit, we do not expect tuition to be the same for everyone.

Our sliding scale tuition application process is separate from, but completed simultaneously with, our admission process, so that families who have applied for sliding scale tuition are notified of their tuition amount at the same time as the admission decision, allowing them to make informed choices.


Sliding Scale Tuition

CDS Tuition and Fees