Darlington School: Darlington rebalances tuition, announces 2-year freeze 
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Darlington rebalances tuition, announces 2-year freeze

October 22, 2021 | 212 views

Coming off of one of the most successful admission seasons in recent history in which Darlington School saw wait lists in multiple grades, the Board of Trustees and administrators have announced a new tuition structure for the 2022-2023 school year, making the value of a Darlington education more affordable without sacrificing programs or the student experience. 

In what they are calling a “rebalance,” Darlington has aligned tuition rates by cohort, transparently acknowledging the costs involved in educating students at each level and creating a consistent, predictable path for families throughout their years at Darlington. These rates will remain in place, or frozen, through the 2023-2024 school year.

“When John Paul and Alice Allgood Cooper founded Darlington School in 1905, they sought to provide ‘the best educational opportunities at the least possible cost,’” said Head of School Brent Bell. “However, we have heard from our community that affordability is often a barrier. This tuition rebalance is a forward-thinking effort to listen to families in our region; stay true to the wishes of our founders; and continue our commitment to providing a robust program full of valuable opportunities for students in our area, our state, and our world.”

Following a lengthy planning process, the school has aligned tuition price points by cohort, which means that increases in tuition price points will occur at places where students have access to more extensive programming and increased support. The tuition price points will increase in grades 3, 6, and 9 as students progress from the Primary Grades (Pre-K to 2), to the Lower Grades (3-5), to the Middle Grades (6-8), and then the Upper Grades (9-12). 

In addition, for the 2022-2023 school year, the only grades where tuition will increase are pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. In grades 1-8, the tuition will be lower next year and in grades 9-12, tuition will remain the same as this year. 

“Our data shows that the rebalance will allow both current and new families to realize significant personal savings while participating fully in the Darlington experience,” said Bell. “All of the high-quality, college-preparatory programs and services provided by Darlington – outstanding academics, small class sizes, hands-on learning, robust athletic and arts programs, leadership development, and exceptional facilities – will remain as strong as they’ve ever been. The only thing changing is the tuition structure.

Though Darlington is experiencing an upward swing in enrollment, Bell said that the rising cost of education is never far from the minds of Darlington’s leaders.

“All families who attend private school make financial sacrifices; in addition, more than 50% of our families currently receive some form of need-based tuition assistance,” he said. “We have listened and want to make this experience as affordable as possible. In doing so, we hope to encourage more families to consider Darlington, which will strengthen our school now and for years to come.”

New families planning to apply for admission and/or need-based tuition assistance should do so by Feb. 15, 2022. For more information, visit www.darlingtonschool.org/tuitionrebalance or contact the Admission Office at admission@darlingtonschool.org.