Tuition & Fees
- Tuition Ranges
- Comprehensive Tuition
- 2023-24 Tuition Letter
- Payment Plans
- Legacy Growth Fee
- Tuition Refund Plan
St. John’s Episcopal School strives to maintain a reasonable rate of tuition to allow as many children as possible in the Tampa area to attain the gift of a transformative education without the requirement of inordinate financial cost. St. John’s comprehensive tuition provides parents what very few private schools do: a clear, detailed and transparent representation of the most accurate cost of enrolling a child, as well as a more convenient way to manage that investment.
Application Fee (PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES)
Tuition Deposit (NEW FAMILIES)
- K(4): $15,970
- K(5): $15,970
- Grades 1-8: $16,550
Legacy Growth Fee
$750 (annually for first 4 years of enrollment)
The Legacy Growth Fee total ($3,000) is assessed only once per family, irrespective of the number of children a parent(s) has attending the School.
At St. John's, we believe that affordability starts with comprehensive tuition, which supports essential school programs, and a robust financial aid program to meet a family's additional needs. Comprehensive, variable tuition helps us fulfill our mission by increasing socioeconomic diversity in our school community. We believe that economic diversity enriches our community, fosters inclusion, and enhances the educational and social-emotional experience for children as well as adults.
No family should hesitate to apply for admission because of their inability to pay the entire cost. St. John's is committed to making quality education accessible to all students, regardless of their financial circumstances. Based on demonstrated need, tuition for families on financial assistance may range for K(5): $2,948 - $15,970 and Grades 1-8: $3,068 - $16,550. Please visit the Financial Assistance tab for details.
Please note: St. John’s does not accept any government scholarships or vouchers (i.e., Gardiner, Hope, McKay, Step Up, etc.).
What is Comprehensive Tuition?
St. John’s comprehensive tuition provides parents what very few private schools do: a clear, detailed and transparent representation of the most accurate cost of enrolling a child, as well as a more convenient way to manage that investment. By doing so, we further differentiate St. John’s from our peer schools and continue to demonstrate it is possible for parents to provide their children the gift of a transformative education without the requirement of inordinate financial cost.
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Why does St. John’s use this model?
The practice of publishing a tuition figure that does not include supplementary expenses that typically accompany enrollment is common to independent schools. Not at St. John’s. Transparency matters, and we believe all independent school parents should from the outset have a clear understanding of what they will be expected to pay for the full cost of enrolling their child, including any required or optional expenses beyond published tuition.
How is Comprehensive Tuition good for families?
The benefits to parents include the following:
- No ‘nickels and dimes’
We do not want to ‘nickel and dime’ parents – the practice of repeatedly asking you to pay additional expenses throughout the school year and on top of tuition. Simply put, each child will continue to enjoy an unparalleled educational program, activities and offerings, with parents not required to pay supplementary fees (that typically run into hundreds of dollars over the course of the year).
- Even greater financial and educational value for families
By incorporating activities and events that are at the heart of each child’s core experience into comprehensive tuition rather than charging piecemeal, we are able to provide additional cost savings to families.
- Ease of financial management for parents
The comprehensive tuition model provides greater ease of financial management for parents by requiring far fewer separate payments, with every family continuing to enjoy outstanding value.
2023-24 Tuition Letter
Dear St. John’s Parents,
An exceptional life begins with an exceptional education. From my vantage point as Chair of St. John’s Board of Trustees, as well as the mother of three alumni, St. John’s has never been stronger! My children recall how St. John’s taught them how to learn, study, and be their best! Under the leadership of Head of School, Hugh Jebson, and the dedication and talent of St. John’s faculty, staff, and administration, the school continues to provide countless opportunities for your children. Our learning community is safe and supportive. Our teachers across all three divisions are caring and collegial, committed to their craft, and genuinely enjoy helping their students grow as students and people. Our students work and play hard and help steward our distinctive culture with great generosity of spirit.
On behalf of the St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School Board of Trustees, I am pleased to provide information on St. John’s Comprehensive Tuition for the 2023-2024 school year. Every tuition dollar is budgeted for its highest and best use. In setting the budget for the next school year, the Board of Trustees and Head of School again worked diligently to hold the annual rate of tuition increase as low as possible, while also further expanding the extraordinary educational opportunities that St. John’s provides.
The tuition for the 2023-2024 school year will be:
For K(4) and K(5): $15,970 - an increase of $690 or $69 per month (over 10 months)
For Grades 1-8: $16,550 - an increase of $712 or $71 per month (over 10 months)
This represents an increase of 4.5% and will be allocated as follows:
St. John's continues to provide exceptional value to families. As per the perpetual enrollment agreement, all students will be automatically re-enrolled for the 2023-2024 school year unless the family has notified the school (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 3pm on February 10. St. John's does not require a re-enrollment fee.
Let me close by offering a word of thanks. The wonderful realities that take place every day at our school are made possible by your commitment to our mission – and your willingness to support them. The Board of Trustees and I are incredibly grateful for that.
Chair, Board of Trustees
St. John's offers tuition payment and installment plans to suit family preferences and needs. For new families, a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $1,000 per child is applied to the following year's tuition. For returning families, there is no re-enrollment fee.
St. John's offers the following tuition payment plans:
- Full payment on or before May 1st of the school year,
- Semi-annual plan on July 5th or 20th and January 5th or 20th,
- Ten monthly installments, July 5th or 20th–April 5th or 20th, paid through automatic withdrawal (ACH) or credit card.
For more information, contact our Admission Office (813.600.4348)
Legacy Growth Fee
A Legacy Growth Fee of $750.00/year over four (4) years for a total of $3,000.00 will be assessed to all parents or guardians enrolling a first new child in the School in K(4)-Grade 4.
A Legacy Growth Fee of $500.00/year for each year a child is enrolled in the Middle Division will be assessed to all parents or guardians enrolling a first new child in the School in Grades 5-8.
The Legacy Growth Fee is assessed only once, irrespective of the number of children a parent(s) has attending the School. The fee can be paid annually or monthly at the option of the parent or guardian.
Tuition Refund Plan
Consider the Dewar Tuition Refund Plan to Protect Your Investment in Tuition
While not currently required, we do strongly encourage all school families to purchase the Dewar Tuition Refund Plan. The School offers this insurance opportunity to help families protect their investment in their child(ren)'s tuition. When students are withdrawn or dismissed from school for covered reasons, the plan refunds a portion of the unused annual tuition and insured fees.
Because the School’s expenses do not diminish when a student leaves after the enrollment agreement is in effect, St. John’s policy is to enforce the financial terms of the agreement. Purchasing this insurance from Dewar can help you offset the cost of fulfilling the enrollment agreement.
You can take advantage of the plan for 2023-2024 by contacting Michael Matthews, CFO, at email@example.com for more information.