An Investment Worth Making
At Clark School, we believe that access to an excellent independent school education should be available to all who desire it. Financial aid opportunities may be available to new families; for more information speak with our Clark School Admissions Department.
2019-2020 Tuition & Activity Fees
Grades K-3: $10,000
Grades 4-8: $23,800
Grades 9-12: $25,900
Grades K - 10: $1,500
Grades 11-12: $2,000 - fee includes college admissions services
All students in K - 8th grade will also be required to privately purchase an iPad 3 or higher.
All students in 9th-12th grade will also be required to privately purchase an iPad or laptop.
Additional Services Offered
Bell Program: $5,000
in addition to standard tuition and fees
Reading Specialist Services: $90/hr
in addition to standard tuition and fees
Your student will work 1-on-1 with our reading specialist, who has completed certifications in Orton Gillingham, Wilson and Lindamood.
Castle Hill Counseling
in addition to standard tuition and fees - Cost Covered by most insurance providers.
Castle Hill has the knowledge to create and implement the clinical ‘road map’ that we will address the challenges that you, your family and your child are facing. Castle Hill uses a non-traditional clinical approach that is focused on renewing and strengthening relationships through communication, learning, understanding and a solutions-based approach. Learn more at https://www.castlehillcounseling.com/services
Clark School currently offers transportation routes from Salem/Beverly/Swampscott, Reading/North Andover/Methuen and Burlington/Lynnfield/Danvers. Each route stops at one central location per town.
If your student is currently receiving services, Clark School has the ability to work with outside specialists and providers in order to service our students needs, including Speech & Language, OT and PT. These services can be provided at Clark School or at an off campus location.
Please contact our admissions department or call us at 978-777-4699 with any questions or for more information on any of our additional services.
Financing your student's education
Email our Admissions Department or call us to discuss the payment plans. Some options we offer include:
Your Tuition Solution: Parents are able to finance $2,000-$40,000 from 18-84 months at a low, fixed interest rate. Please visit yourtuitionsolution.com for more information.
Families may also consider private loans through their respective banking institution.
Clark School strives to provide socioeconomic diversity within our school. We recognize the educational value for all students if the student body is socioeconomically diverse. Our financial aid program was established to enroll highly qualified students who otherwise would not be able to attend Clark due to financial reasons.
Clark offers need-based financial aid to qualified families with students in grades 4-12. Clark does not offer academic or athletic scholarships.
To objectively determine each family’s need for aid, we use Independent School Management’s program, Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST). FAST provides the school with a detailed analysis including a recommendation of how much a family could reasonably contribute toward tuition. FAST does not determine whether financial assistance will be given or how much to give; FAST does provide a need-based financial aid analysis service. All information from FAST is kept confidential.
In order to receive financial aid, candidates must:
Be accepted to Clark
Have a solid academic record with at least a 2.5 GPA
Have strong character and integrity
Be involved in activities outside the classroom
Be current with financial obligations to Clark
FINANCIAL AID TIMELINE
January 1, 2019 | FAST begins accepting applications for school year 2018-2019
April 15, 2019 | FAST deadline for receiving your tax return and W-2 forms
April 2019| Clark School Financial Aid Committee meetings
May 2019 | Financial Aid decision letters are emailed
Please contact admissions with any questions.
Financial Aid FAQ’s
When should I apply for financial aid?
Parents should begin the financial aid application process at the same time they submit admission materials. In order for your student’s file to be reviewed by the financial aid committee, they must first complete the admission process and be accepted to Clark School. Your cooperation by promptly submitting the FAST application and your current tax information (1040 and W-2) is critical to receiving a timely decision. You will receive email updates from both Clark and FAST on your application status. It is important to check your email regularly during the process to ensure your application is complete. The Financial Aid Committee at Clark cannot award financial aid without complete financial data from FAST. Late submission jeopardizes the possibility of an award for your student since requests for aid usually exceed the funds available.
Does a request for financial aid affect the admission decision?
No, Clark has an aid-blind admission policy. Admission Committee members do not know who is requesting financial aid.
How are financial aid awards determined?
Financial aid awards are based strictly on 1) financial need of the family, as demonstrated through the FAST application and a review of the parents’ 1040 tax form and 2) available financial aid funds. The income, expenses, assets, and liabilities of both parents are considered.
May financial aid decisions be appealed?
No, Clark enlists FAST to precisely compute each family's need for assistance. Financial aid decisions are definitive and not subject to appeal following the communication of awards.
Only one parent works outside the home. Must both parents be employed to receive financial aid?
Generally, yes, if all children in the family are in school.
If parents are divorced or separated, do you require both parents to complete the FAST financial aid process?
Yes, the income, expenses, assets, and liabilities of both parents are considered. Custodial and non-custodial parents are required to complete the FAST application and submit copies of their tax returns.
Remarriage of either parent creates a new family unit. On the FAST application, each parent should include information relating to their “new” family, specifically financial information on a new spouse (step-parent).
The Financial Aid Committee at Clark considers both parents’ ability to contribute to tuition, not their willingness. It is the custodial parent’s responsibility to ensure that the FAST application is completed by all parties.
Financial Aid Application
Clark School offers the on-line service of Independent School Management (ISM)'s Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) to process financial aid applications.
FAST does not decide whether financial assistance will be given or how much to give; rather FAST provides a need-based financial aid analysis service which includes a recommendation of what a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition. All information from FAST remains confidential. Results are reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee who makes recommendations to the Head of School based on next year’s budget. Upon approval by the Head of School, financial aid offers are forwarded to families.
Requests for Financial Aid must be submitted annually.
To start the process, please do the following:
• Click on the FAST link
• The application process is self-guided. You may navigate in and out of the program allowing you to partially complete an application and go
back to it at another time. FAST has a helpline available should you have any questions 1-877-326-FAST (2378). Please do not call the school
• The charge for the application is $43.00 and can be paid by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) at the end of the session. If
you do not have a credit card, please contact our Admissions Office for assistance.
• After completing the online application you will be required to mail your tax documents (Federal taxes including all schedules, State taxes,
W-2’s and Business taxes (if applicable) to the following address for verification purposes:
Independent School Management
Attn: FAST Processing Center
1316 N. Union Street
Wilmington, DE 19806
The on-line submission deadline for all applications is March 30, 2019.
Your tax return must follow the submission of the online application and be postmarked by April 15, 2019.
Make your tax appointment early!
Thank you. We look forward to working with you.