Paying for a private school education is a major undertaking. Our goal is to keep tuition and fees as low as possible while also providing a top quality college preparatory K-8 education. When increases occur, it is because we must ensure the financial sustainability of the school and because we strive to make teaching at Good Shepherd a viable career proposition for our faculty. All that said, financial decisions are made with a keen sensitivity to families.
Expenses for the 2018-2019 school year include the following:
Kindergarten Tuition: $6,490
Grades 1-8 Tuition: $7,875
Application fee: $25 (one time only)
Registration fee: $175 (maximum of $300 per family)
Materials fee: $275 per student
Other expenses, as needed:
Lunch: $3 per day (subject to change)
After care: $7 per day
Uniforms: Good Shepherd has school uniforms. A limited number of used items are sometimes available, but families should budget to purchase some new uniform items each year.
School supplies: each teacher provides a supply list for school shopping. We issue books to the students each year, and charge only if books are lost or damaged.
Volunteer work: each family is asked to complete a significant number of hours of volunteer service to the school. Those who prefer may pay a fee of $350 in lieu of volunteer hours.
Those needing financial aid may request awards from donor funds that are generally available each year to help deserving families close the gap between what they are able to pay and Good Shepherd’s tuition. Please write a letter to the Head of School, describing the financial need, as the first step in this process. Grants are always decided by a committee.
For those who need greater financial aid, please check to see if you qualify for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarships. Further information is at www.stepupforstudents.org.