Tuition & Affordability

Sending your child to RCDS is an investment in their future.

"I fully understood the value of an RCDS education with each step my children took toward high school, college and then adulthood. They embraced each transition with confidence and were more prepared than I could have ever imagined. You cannot put a number on that!"

– Jeff Cruz, RCDS Past Parent

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What does tuition cover?

Tuition at RCDS is a comprehensive total. There are no hidden fees. Tuition covers textbooks and most classroom materials, student publications, lab equipment and devices, athletics, science lab and art studio supplies, standardized testing, and field trips.  RCDS has a 1:1 iPad program in Beginners (Kindergarten) through 8th grade. These devices are issued as part of tuition.  Side Dish Dining Services provides a balanced hot lunch with additional salad bar options for Beginners (Kindergarten) through 8th grade – also included in tuition.

 Affording RCDS

Flexible Payment Plans: In order to help families manage expenses, families have the option to choose from three payment plans. Please contact Tracey Wetmore, Director of Advancement, to learn what plan is best for your family.
Tuition Assistance: RCDS offers tuition assistance to qualifying families. You can view our tuition assistance policies and procedures here.
529 Plans: As of 2018, the IRS now permits up to a $10,000 per year distribution from 529 accounts in order to finance private school education (K-12). Please consult your financial advisor to learn more about this opportunity.

2023-2024 Tuition

Early Childhood                       
Nursery 1PM Dismissal $20,650
Nursery Full Day $24,650
Pre-K Full Day $26,400
Lower School                   
Beginners (Kindergarten)
through Fourth Grade
Upper School                                  
Fifth–Sixth Grade $36,950
Seventh Grade $38,800
Eighth Grade $39,850
Jayne S. Carmody School                  
Jayne S. Carmody School $18,500
Enrolling in a FACTS tuition payment plan allows you to select a payment option that best suits your financial needs.
Click the  FACTS icon below to get started.
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“Sending me to RCDS was one of the best gifts my parents gave me.”

– Chelsea Cooper, RCDS Class of 2004

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You may qualify for Tuition Assistance!
We know that an RCDS education requires a significant financial commitment. If you value an RCDS education, but are concerned about the affordability of tuition, we want to talk with you. The investment in your child's future is worth it!

Tuition Assistance

$1 Million

Tuition assistance awarded to families each year.

$30K to $350K

Current household income range for families receiving tuition assistance.


Percent of RCDS students who receive some type of tuition assistance. 

$2K to $20K

Current range for grants awarded to RCDS families.

In order to be considered for tuition assistance, families must complete forms from FAST by ISM, our partner for financial aid, and submit supporting documentation to the Admission Office. Click the logo below for FAST forms. Please feel free to contact Director of Admission, Tracey Wetmore, with any questions regarding the process.
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