15 Of The Most Affordable Private Elementary Schools in L.A. and Pasadena

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Our post about tuition is one of the most popular on the blog. So, I thought a piece highlighting some of the most affordable private schools would be useful. I selected private elementary schools with tuition lower than $15K per year. There’s nothing magical about tuition under $15K except that less expensive schools can be hard to find. I also know families at most of these schools and I’ve great things about them all. Tuition is usually listed in the “admissions” section of school websites. Please note that tuition listed is for 2014-15 and does not include additional one-time fees, If you’re looking for a budget-conscious private elementary school, you should definitely check out these schools!


In alphabetical order:


1. Cathedral Chapel, Miracle Mile, $4,830/year (non-Catholic students) $4,200/year (Catholic students)


2. Ergemont School, Chatsworth. $13,209/year (Preschool & K)


3. Good Shepard Catholic School, Beverly Hills $8,100/year


4. High Point Academy, Pasadena, $12,650/year


5Laurel Hall, North Hollywood, $10,000/year


6Lycée International de Los Angeles (LILA), $14,900/year


7Notre Dame Academy, West L.A., $8,100/year


8St. Bede’s Catholic School, La Canada-Flintridge $6,000/year or $4,800/year for qualifying parishioners


9Saint Francis De Sales, Sherman Oaks $8,540/year or $7,000/year for qualifying parishioners


10. St. Paul’s, Westwood, $12,500/year of $8,300/year for qualifying parishioners


11. St. Phillip The Apostle, Pasadena. $9,970/year or $7,850 for qualifying parishioners


12. St. Timothy, Rancho Park, $8,700/year or $7000 /year for qualifying parishioners


13The Valley School, $9,300/year


14. Venice Lutheran, $7,450/year


15. Westside Lutheran School, Westchester, $9,570/year


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Christina Simon: Los Angeles, California, United States I'm the mom of two kids who attended The Willows School in Culver City and Viewpoint School in Calabasas. My daughter is a graduate of Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism ('23) and my son is a sophomore at UPenn/Wharton ('26). I live in Coldwater Canyon with my husband, Barry, and our dogs. Contact me at csimon2007@gmail.com

4 thoughts to “15 Of The Most Affordable Private Elementary Schools in L.A. and Pasadena”

  1. Woodcrest School, K-5th is a fabulous private elementary in Tarzana. Class sizes are small, fantastic dedicated teachers, they offer speciality classes like Robotics, Dance, swim, sports, art, technology, Gifted, just to name a few. They are a academic school with high test scores. Next year they are adding a 6th grade to gradually increase to 8th. I would highly suggest you add them to your list as the tuition is approx $10k.

  2. My son attends the Valley School in Van Nuys which included on this list. The campus isn’t the prettiest, but the philosophy and education are excellent and you can’t find a smaller class size (average 14, caps at 16). We’ve been here for 3 years and couldn’t give it a high enough recommendation.

  3. Oasis Trilingual Community School, a new K-6 school with instruction in Mandarin, Spanish and English, currently has tuition of about $10,000/year.

    Small class sizes (below 18), thematic and project-based learning, a focus on social-emotional learning, individualized learning plans, science, art, music, gardening, yoga are all included. Although the school is in a temporary location in Temple City this year, they are planning to move to Pasadena in the near future. Families come from the Pasadena/Arcadia area to Silverlake and Glassell Park.

    They also just started Saturday classes (including trilingual “Parent and Me” classes for toddlers) and will have fun, project-based trilingual camp sessions this summer.

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