Learn More About Tuition and Tuition Assistance

2017-2018 School Term
Tuition is designed to meet the core costs of providing the highest quality educational program for our students. However, while tuition provides for much of our annual program costs, it does not cover the full expense of educating a child. Like many independent schools, we count on bridging the financial gap through charitable contributions made to our Annual Fund. By keeping tuition modest, we believe we can put an RA education within reach for more families and build the type of inclusive community we all wish to have.

Tuition at RA is calculated to cover the core costs of the educational program, including textbooks, instructional materials, and laboratory fees at all grade levels. The RA meal plan, Parent Association fees, field trips, as well as athletic uniforms and equipment are also included in the cost of tuition.*

Annual tuition rates appear below.  Payment options available (see information at right).


Please call our Landmark Preschool campuses for tuition information.

Lower School

Kindergarten:  $24,720
Grades 1-3:  $30,850

Middle School

Grades 4 & 5:  $34,505

Upper School

Grades 6-8:  $36,050
*At various grade levels, additional fees apply for overnight field trips, P.E. uniforms, and other incidentals.
Affording an RA Education
Ridgefield Academy believes that an independent school education should be available to all students who meet the mission of our school. The purpose of our financial aid program is to provide the educational opportunity of the Academy to students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. 28% of RA students receive tuition assistance, offered in the form of direct grants. RA subscribes to the guidelines of the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) in computing financial need. Each family fills out a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), which is processed by SSS, and then RA receives a Report of Financial Need (RFN). Please note that our school code is 3065. We recommend that you request a copy of the RFN for yourself.

Although Ridgefield Academy makes every effort to meet financial aid requests, our $2.1 million in tuition assistance monies awarded does not keep up with the pace of requests. Our aid packages are direct grants, with no repayment requirements. Returning students whose families complete the renewal process in a timely fashion will have award letters with their re-enrollment letters; applicants to the school whose families complete the aid application process in a timely fashion will have award letters with their initial acceptance letters. Families are required to complete the aid application process annually.


Ridgefield Academy empowers every child to realize his or her full and unique potential by bringing together academic excellence, innovative programming and a diverse, supportive community. Thanks to talented teachers and small class sizes, we can take teaching out of the textbooks and bring lessons to life with memorable experiences. When children learn by doing, they care more, remember more and are empowered to achieve more. The result? Students who are motivated, joyful and engaged in their learning.

RA will offer three payment options for the 2017-2018 school term:

Annual Payments

Single payment, due June 1, 2017

Bi-annual Payments*

Two (2) payments: 60% due June 1, 2017, followed by 40% due December 1, 2017.

Monthly Payments*

Eight (8) monthly payments: June 1, 2017 to Jan 3, 2018. 
*Bi-annual and Monthly Payment schedules include a fee for paying in installments, and mandatory TRP.
The Tuition Refund Plan (TRP) protects the financial investments of families from an unexpected change in enrollment during the academic year. Participation is recommended for all, and required for those using bi-annual or monthly payment plans. You can view the brochure, in its entirety, here.

Ridgefield Academy has partnered with Smart Tuition to offer more payment options to Parents/Guardians. Payments can be made by phone or online at any time. Online payments are now even easier with the Smart Tuition App.  For more information, please review the Smart Tuition Brochure or the Frequently Asked Questions Summary. If you are a current RA parent, details, including log-in information, can be found here.

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