• An independent school education is a significant investment, and we are committed to making an AC education accessible and affordable.

  • Allendale Columbia School enrolls talented and motivated students who bring a tremendous amount to our community. Our ability to provide access to a diverse population of students creates an intentional and unique community where students become engaged global citizens, independent and self-directed learners, and creative and discerning thinkers.

    Each year, we award almost $3 million in financial aid and merit-based scholarships.

AC tuition includes:

  • Full-day enrollment (8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) for Nursery through Grade 12 students during the school year, with the option for half-day and reduced-day schedules for Nursery and Pre-K. Nursery and Pre-K end at 2:30 p.m.
  • Healthy, locally-sourced, and homemade lunches and snacks from the nut-free AC kitchen, including daily meals that can be tailored for students with allergies
  • Textbooks and some classroom supplies
  • Chromebook, iPad or MacBook for students K-Grade 12 (depending on what technology the Division is utilizing)
  • Class field trips and retreats like the Fifth Grade overnight trip, Seventh Grade Pathfinder trip, Eighth Grade Washington, D.C. trip, Class Day trips, visits to Geva Theater, the Memorial Art Gallery, pumpkin picking, and many more 
  • Full-time college counselor 
  • Before-school care in our Morning Room from 7:30-8:00 a.m. for students in Nursery-Grade 5 
  • PSAT testing fees
  • AC traditions, including Homecoming, Blue/White Day, Holiday Breakfast, Kindergarten Breakfast, Strawberry Breakfast, and more
  • May Term independent study for Upper School
  • Partial subsidy for first Global Engagement trip abroad

Additional Costs

We understand financial planning is important for our families. Below are additional programs you may be interested in learning more about.

After School Care
AC offers two options for families interested in after school care: Rainbow Room and AC After 3 p.m. These programs are optional and not included in the cost of tuition.

AP Exams and SAT/ACT Testing
AC provides all Upper School students with free college counseling, and our full-time college counselor will help students determine which tests to take, and when, as college application deadlines approach. Families are responsible for the cost of any AP exams and for SAT/ACT testing in Upper School.
    At Allendale Columbia, we prepare students for the world they will inherit. In our trusting and responsive environment, students in nursery through grade 12 grow in confidence and develop scholastic independence.