The Cost of a Philly Education


A few months ago I wrote about your child’s Pre-K school being the new status symbol. This is based on so many young families wanting to stay in Philadelphia but not having good public education for our children to support the decision to stay in the city limits. So, there are a plethora of private tuition based education institutions. The political debate is all about higher education cost and debt but what about Pre-K? We know that not all schools are created equal, but sometimes it is responsible to know what the tuition of the school is before you attend the open house.

So I ask: What type of school researcher are you?

Type one: Let’s just go to the open house and see if there is a good vibe and if the education is worthy of our child. Oh, and then you fall in love with the school and the perfectly lined up wooden toys and then find out the price. You become stressed and desire to live beyond your means and go crazy searching the Internet trying to learn about how to get financial aid and tuition, which is a fine way to go.

Type two: However, you may be the let me see what I can afford and what may be a little out of my reach and go see what they have to offer type.

This blog is for type two: It does not go into the curriculum, the outcomes and school reputation because it isn’t always about finding the best school, it is about  finding the best for your child and your family. I advise that you should not go into debt for school and you should find the school that is the right fit for your child. It is okay if it is not the most expensive choice of schools and if it is the most expensive, it may not be completely out of reach but you should have options. 

Here are some more schools to add to the list:

Agnes Irwin: A private all girls school on the main line

Things to know:

There is an application process.
Pre-K tuition:  $21,900
Kindergarten:  $23,400
And up…

Little House on the Hill Daycare
A small school in Chestnut Hill

Things to know:

There is a one-time application fee of $15
Tuition per week at little house is $160 for all ages.

Immaculate Heart of Mary: IHM
A Catholic School in Roxborough (one of the only Catholic schools left in the area).

Things to know:
It depends on if you are a Parishioners or a practicing Catholic …
If you are a Parishioner One child per year is $3,660. And it goes down with more children.
If you are Catholic non-parishioners it is $4,200 per year and it goes down with more children. You may be eligible for a discount if your parish is in close proximity.
If you are a Non-Catholic it is $4,200 and goes down with more children.

Norwood-Fontbonne Academy
A Sisters of Saint Joseph School private school

Things to know:

Pre Primary and Montessori Preschool full day: $12,300
This school goes up to high school.

The French-International School
An interesting school which teaches in both the French and English language.

Things to know:

The tuition for all of the following for only an academic school year is: $24,620. Yup.
This is only from 8:45 am to 2:55 pm for pre-kindergarten
8:25 am to 2:55 pm for grades K to 4
8:15 am to 3:15 for grades 5 to 8
Before and after school care is extra! 

There are so many Charter Schools to consider as well:

Here is the current Charter School list provided by the school district of Philadelphia.