Tuition & Fees

An important part of the decision to send your child to a private school is consideration of tuition payment. St. John's Academy offers one of the most affordable private educations in the region, and particularly given its outstanding academic rating, amounts to excellent value-for-money given that our tuition rates are among the lowest in the Bay Area (with most private schools charging at least double our tuition rates, but many as much as three or four times our tuition, especially at the High School level). Nonetheless, ensuring that you are able to pay tuition and fees is an important consideration in application. We strive to keep our tuition and fees as affordable as possible, while ensuring that we have the resources to provide students with the highest in Orthodox and academic standards.

Tuition schedule (2011-2012) [See note: has tuition increased since last year?]

The costs involved in enrolling your child at St. John's Academy are divided into five main categories: (1) enrollment and registration fees, (2) annual tuition and fees, (3) lunch fees, (4) book fees, and (5) family contribution donations.

 (1) Enrollment & registration fees  Application fee (first year only) $75.00
  Annual registration fee (per student) $250.00
 (2) Annual tuition  Tuition for grades K-5 $5,000.00
  Tuition for grades 6-8  $5,250.00
  Tuition for grades 9-12 $6,100.00
 (3) Lunch fees Annual lunches and snacks, grades K-5 $1,000.00 
  Annual lunches and snacks, grades 6-12 $1,200.00 
 (4) Book / supplies fees Annual book fees, Kindergarten $330.00
  Annual book fees, First grade $408.00
  Annual book fees, Second grade $434.00
  Annual book fees, Third-Fifth grades $460.00
  Annual book fees, Sixth grade $484.00
  Annual book fees, Seventh-Eighth grades $500.00
  Annual book fees, Ninth-Tenth grades $500.00
  Annual book fees, Eleventh-Twelfth grades $526.00
 (5) Family contribution donation Annual donation, per family (tax-deductable)  $1,000.00 

Tuition is collected on a rolling basis; all fees are non-refundable.

Overall costs: Based on the above, the overall combined costs for the 2011-2012 school year (including full registration, tuition, lunches and snacks, books / core supplies and annual family contribution donation, but exclusive of the one-off application fee of $75.00 payable in the first year only) are as follows:
  • Kindergarten: $7,580.00 (payable in 10 monthly installments of $758.00)
  • First grade: $7,658.00 (payable in 10 monthly installments of $765.80)
  • Second grade: $7,684.00 (payable in 10 monthly installments of $768.40)
  • Third-Fifth grades: $7,710.00 (payable in 10 monthly installments of $771.00)
  • Sixth grade: $8,184.00 (payable in 10 monthly installments of $818.40)
  • Seventh-Eighth grades: $8,200.00 (payable in 10 monthly installments of $820.00)
  • Ninth-Tenth grades: $9,050.00 (payable in 10 monthly installments of $905.00)
  • Eleventh-Twelfth grades: $9,076.00 (payable in 10 monthly installments of $907.60)
Additionally, parents must purchase a school uniform and athletic dress for all students.

Tuition reductions: There is a 10% tuition reduction for the second child and 20% for the third and additional child(ren). A clergy tuition discount of 20% is offered for full-time clergy (those whose full-time income is dependent upon the Church).

Families have the option to pay the full tuition and fees up-front directly to the school, or to make ten monthly installments across the school year. Installment payments are required to be made through SmartTuition, an outside company. Please see full details on payment policies and procedures in our School Handbook section: 2.1 - Tuition & Fees Payment Policies.

Explanation of the above tuition and fees

Enrollment and registration fees: These cover the one-off cost of processing the application for a new student (payable only in the first year), as well as the recurring annual cost of registering each child for every new school year (updating of records, scheduling, etc.). Enrollment and registration fees are non-refundable.

Annual tuition: This is the base tuition charged by St. John's Academy for the education of its students, covering instruction, pastoral care, testing and evaluation, and all matters associated with the academic and pastoral provision provided by the Academy. The rate of tuition varies depending on grade level, reflecting the varied needs and requirements of instruction of students of different ages.

Lunch fees: All children at St. John's eat hot lunches together, spending the time in fellowship, hearing spiritual readings and enjoying a healthy and nutritious meal that gives them energy for the work and play of school life. Our excellent food service includes specially-prepared, fully nutritionally balanced hot lunches made with healthy ingredients from a local catering company specializing in school lunch programs. The cost of the meal program averages $5.68 per child per day for grades K-5 ($1,000.00 per year), and $6.82 per child per day for grades 6-12 ($1,200.00 per year) -- this includes both lunch, as well as a mid-morning snack. Given that the diet at our school is governed by the Orthodox liturgical / fasting calendar, we do not permit students to bring their own lunches but instead serve all students a common meal that follows the dietary regulations of the current liturgical season.

Book/supplies fees: Book fees include provision of an assignment book, yearbook, textbooks, art supplies, and all Xeroxed material given to children during the school year. This fee varies depending on grade level, reflecting the increasing variety and cost of textbooks required for instruction at higher grade levels. These fees are due on the 1st of August of each school year, and are non-refundable.

Family contribution donation: All parents are members of St. John’s Parents Association, a parental organization which also organizes fundraising activities, and are required to make a yearly family contribution/donation of $1,000.00. This donation is made directly to the school and is tax deductible. Parents are also required to participate in various fundraising drives, such as EScrip, selling tickets for lotteries and raffles, etc. We deeply appreciate the necessary enthusiasm of parents for these tasks: without your constant help and support our school would not be able to survive financially. More information is available in the School Handbook > Parental Requirements ('Financial support' and 'Parent service hours' sections).

Additional costs that may accrue during the school year

Field trips

During the academic year, teachers incorporate field trips into their curriculum. In some cases there may be a small fee, which is the responsibility of the parents. The teachers leading these field trips will give advanced notice to the involved parents. Read further details in School Handbook > Field Trips.


Students interested in applying for financial aid should contact the organizations below, with whom St. John’s has worked in the past:

Extraordinary financial circumstances

Families whose financial situations are extraordinary may wish to have their situation reviewed prior to making an application to St. John's, or as their financial situation changes if their children are already enrolled. It is necessary for families in such circumstances to undergo a household review by the Private School Aid Service, an independent agency, which then reports to the school on the overall financial situation and assists St. John's in determining how specific circumstances may be accommodated (an application for this process can be requested from the school office). Families should be aware, however, that no guarantee of financial support or tuition discounts can be promised, and depend on the financial situation of the school as well as the recommendations of the Service.