Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition 2015-2016

Pre-K $20,750
Kindergarten $23,850
Grades 1 & 2 $26,850
Grades 3, 4, & 5 $28,850
Grades 6, 7, & 8 $31,950
Grades 9, 10, 11, & 12 $35,050


There are additional fees for uniforms (Lower and Middle Schools), books, class trips, supplies, and beverage or meal plans

Financial Aid

We are committed to making a Shipley education accessible to students from a range of socio-economic backgrounds.  Over $4 million is awarded to approximately 26 percent of Shipley's students annually.  All awards are based on demonstrated need, and are revised on an annual basis.  Families of students applying to any grade are welcome to apply for financial aid, although aid is most likely to be available at natural entry points to the school.

Centennial Scholarship Program

The Centennial Scholarship is open to all students applying to grade nine whose families qualify for need-based financial aid.  Winners receive a $2,000 annual stipend towards school related expenses as well as an annual financial aid award for tuition to meet up to 100% of demonstrated need as reported by School and Student Services. Get more information about the Centennial Scholarship Program >>>

Information for Divorced and Separated Parents

For applicants with divorced or separated parents, the financial aid committee will consider the assets of both biological parents, if living, before making any award. If the custodial parent has remarried, we also consider the assets of the step-parent, bearing in mind the obligation to his or her own biological children. A Parents' Financial Statement and Federal Income Tax return must be submitted separately by each parent and step-parent and will, of course, be held in strict confidence.

Costs Beyond Tuition

Lunch Fees
Lower School $675
Middle School $800
Upper School  $875

Books (costs vary; used books are available) $200-$400

Lower and Middle School Uniforms can be purchased in a variety of price ranges. The Middle School kilt costs $37.50 new, and the Lower School tunic costs $38.50, but these can also be bought at a much cheaper rate at our used-uniform sales.

Afterschool Programs
The Lower School offers Later Gator and Encore Clubs.

Transportation Information is available at

Tuition by grade is listed above. Additional expenses include required lunches in Middle and Upper Schools, books in Upper School, and uniforms in Lower and Middle Schools.


For questions about financial aid at Shipley, please contact:
David Rauch, Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid


Did You Know?

100% of Shipley graduates attend college within a year of graduating
Learn more about Shipley’s College Counseling Program

25% of Shipley seniors received National Merit recognition in the past eight years
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J.D. Salinger honored his wife’s alma mater with a mention in his classic novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Learn more about Shipley Alumni

Oscar-winning director Erica Rehl ‘89 is a Shipley graduate Learn more about Shipley Alumni

100% of Lower School students have hands-on exposure to string, woodwind, and brass instruments. Learn more about Music at Shipley

300% of Middle and Upper School students participate in theater. Learn more about Theater Arts at Shipley

90% of Upper School students play an interscholastic sport. Learn more about Athletics at Shipley

75% of Upper School students compete at the varsity level. Learn more about Varsity Programs at Shipley

50+ colleges have recruited Shipley athletes in Divisions I, II, and III.

There are 15 students in each Lower School class on average. Learn more about Lower School

10 adults will know your elementary school (or LS depending) child as a learner and a person each year. Learn more about Lower School

5 is the average age of Shipley students doing their first research project in the Kindergarten Knights and Castles unit. Learn more about this project

100% of Lower School students have hands-on exposure to string, woodwind, and brass instruments. Learn more about Shipley’s E/LS music program

100% of Lower School students build a foundation for future success through our challenging curriculum. Learn more about Lower School curriculum

100% of Lower School students learn how to resolve conflicts, negotiate, present their point of view, and serve the community in our internationally recognized character education program. Learn more about Character Education

100% of students benefit academically AND socially from developing emotional literacy skills. Learn more about Shipley Core Values Curriculum

200 real-world capstone service learning projects completed by Shipley students each year. Think Care Act in 5th grade, a Leadership Project in 8th grade, and the Senior Service Project in 12th grade.

5 key content elements of the SEED curriculum Pre-K through 12th grade: Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Self-Management and Organization, Responsible Decision Making, and Relationship Management. Learn more about Shipley Core Values Curriculum

Shipley Has:

6 music ensembles in each division.

5 theater productions in the Middle and Upper Schools annually.

A 7:1 student-to-teacher ratio

55 athletics championships in the past six years

225 Shipley colleagues trained in emotional intelligence strategies.

14,490 minutes of class time devoted to Shipley's core values curriculum Pre-K through Grade 12.

14 years of integrated core values curriculum offered to all students.

61% of teaching faculty with advanced degrees.

10 art courses offered in the Upper School

The only high school emotional intelligence course in partnership with Yale University offered in the country, right here at Shipley.

46 honors courses to challenge students

6 specials (music, art, science, PE, character education, and world language) enhancing Shipley’s core curriculum.

The Shipley School

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