Your interest in the St. David's School admission process indicates your commitment to providing the best possible education for your child.  We recognize and know that the decision to attend an independent school does not come lightly.  We realize that education is an investment – it is an investment in your child’s future, and it is a financial investment that requires a considerable commitment.

Affording St. David's

We believe that a St. David’s education should be accessible to students of all backgrounds, regardless of a family's financial means.  For that reason, we are committed to making tuition affordable through the St. David’s School Tuition Assistance program. This program is designed to enroll qualified students who could not otherwise afford to attend, thus maximizing the overall strength of the student body. 

We are so grateful to St. David's for the support they have provided. It allows us to afford the education we desire for our children. ST. David's Parent

2019-20 Tuition Schedule

- half day (8 AM-1 PM) $10,000
- full day (8 AM-3 PM) $11,000
- half day (8 AM-1 PM) $13,800
- full day (8 AM-3 PM) $14,800
Grades 1-6 $20,500
Grades 7-12 $22,950


The comprehensive tuition includes the complete cost of attendance, including tuition, food service, and applicable technology services, as well as selected social activities, and one yearbook. It does not include books and supplies. Tuition also applies to grade-level trips (as appropriate), but due to increased costs of travel, a surcharge may be applied.

Additionally, St. David's offers flexible payment schedules, including one-pay, two-pay and ten-pay plans. If you prefer an education loan, see the information below regarding Your Tuition Solution from Springstone Financial, LLC.

Applying for Tuition Assistance

Families requesting tuition assistance must apply online and submit the required paperwork to TADS (Tuition Aid Data Services) at http://www.mytads.com/. The St. David’s School Tuition Assistance Committee reviews the information submitted and calculates the demonstrated need, following the guidelines of TADS and the St. David's School Tuition Assistance Policy.

The Application for Tuition Assistance is available via the TADS website. In addition to the online application, the following documentation is required:

  • Copy of your most recent 1040 Federal Tax Returns with original signatures
  • Business/Farm Statement and Corporate Tax Return/Schedule C/Schedule F (as needed)
  • Copy of W-2 Forms
  • Copy of most recent pay stub

By using TADS procedures, St. David’s School agrees to certain principles and practices:

  • Tuition Assistance will be determined on the basis of the need of the family.
  • The Tuition Assistance process is completely confidential.
  • The parents of each applicant must reapply for Tuition Assistance via TADS each year.
  • Tuition Assistance awards will be made without regard to race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin.

If you have further questions, please refer to the St. David’s School Tuition Assistance Policy in its entirety, or you may contact the Admissions Office.

Education Loans

St. David’s School offers an educational loan opportunity called Your Tuition Solution through Springstone Financial, LLC. Your Tuition Solution offers low fixed-rate, extended payment options for private school education. As specialists in the education market, they are committed to providing families and schools the best possible rates, terms, and customer service. Through this partnership, Your Tuition Solution offers payment alternatives that can assist your family in making a high-quality private school education a reality. For more details about these offerings, visit their website, or call 800-920-9777.

Tuition Insurance Policy

All students, with the exception of those whose tuition is paid in full by September 1 for the following school year, are required to enroll in the A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. Tuition Refund Plan. The mandatory annual fee is 1.75% of total tuition and will be included as a separate charge payable with the first tuition payment. For more information, please review the A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. Tuition Refund Plan.

Additional Fees and Requirements

New Family Fee

A $2000 New Family Fee applies to all families new to St. David's and must be paid in addition to the Enrollment Deposit. The New Family Fee is not to be confused with the Enrollment Deposit, which is a non-refundable deposit applied toward the total annual tuition. The New Family Fee is a one-time, non-refundable charge, with a family cap of $2000, regardless of number of children enrolled in the school.


Students in grades Pre-K through 4  do not purchase textbooks. All required textbooks are provided by the school.

Students in grades 5 through 12 are asked to purchase a minimal number of consumable textbooks or workbooks, as appropriate for their specific grade level. Information regarding specific textbook requirements is made available in August.

iPads and Technology

  • Lower School students are provided access to Apple iPads, Apple MacBook Pro laptops and education-specific applications in the classroom as a part of the Lower School STEAM enrichment program and throughout the curriculum. Lower School classrooms are equipped with 70-inch interactive displays.
  • Students in seventh grade and older are required to have a family-owned laptop running Mac or Windows operating system (e.g., MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Microsoft Surface). 

All students have access to a robust technology environment, including iMac labs in the Middle School and Upper School Media Labs, wireless infrastructure and print services.  The Middle School science classrooms and Innovation Lab have interactive displays and  Middle School classrooms have digital displays with wireless sharing capabilities.

All students have access to up to five licenses/downloads of Microsoft Office at no cost through the school’s agreement with Microsoft. All Middle and Upper School students are provided a school email address, 30 GB cloud-storage account and licensed software required by the school. A limited quantity of Windows-based laptops and MacBook Pro laptops are available for students to check out from the Main Library for single-day use while on campus.

Other Optional Charges and Fees

Additional fees apply for participation in the following programs:


St. David's School is a member of the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA), and as a member acts in accordance to the association's policies as it relates to admissions for student athletes. Therefore, St. David's School does not actively recruit athletes to play at the school and does not provide athletic scholarships for student-athletes.