Los Angeles Private School Tuition: A List



* Here’s an updated tuition list for 2015-16


You’re right. L.A. private school tuition isn’t cheap. And, tuition doesn’t even cover the full cost of educating a child at a private school. So, in addition to writing the big check, a parent can expect to contribute to annual giving, auctions or gala fundraisers and numerous other events throughout the year. Tuition typically rises about 4 percent per year, depending on the school.


Still, we think the cost is worth every penny. The quality of education at L.A. private schools is generally superb.  Excellent teachers, fully integrated and staffed technology programs, low student/teacher ratio, tight security, gardens bright, large classrooms and state-of-the-art facilities are just a few of the resources you’re paying for. Your kid’s opportunity to build life-long friends and colleagues who may become future movers and shakers is also a priceless benefit that is built into the hefty price tag. 


Elementary Schools: 

Brawerman Elementary of Wilshire Blvd. Temple: $24,000 (non Temple members) $21,500 (Temple members)

Buckley: $28,846 (most expensive)

Brentwood: $28,250

Campbell Hall: $25,990

Carlthorp: $21,864

Center For Early Education: $24,435

Crossroads: $26,600

Curtis: $23,950

John Thomas Dye: $24,650

Laurence: $23,000

Mirman: $23,950

Oakwood: $27,370

PS#1:  $23,950

Pilgrim: $12,360

Stephen S. Wise: $22,080

St. Paul The Apostle: $11,000

Temple Israel of Hollywood: $16,705 (not including Temple membership)

Viewpoint: $26,515

Westland: $19,020

Westside Waldorf: $18,768

Wildwood: $25,985

Willows: $24,800


Secondary Schools:

Archer: $30,925

Brentwood: $32,950 (most expensive)

Buckley: $32,475

Campbell Hall: $30,990

Crossroads: $31,900

Harvard-Westlake: $31,350

Loyola Boys School: $15,240

Marlborough: $32,485

Mirman: $26,250

Oakwood: $32,050

Pilgrim: $14,340

Wildwood: $32,425

Viewpoint: $31,205

Windward: $31,648


* Source: Individual School Websites

** Private school tuition rises about 4 percent annually

Here’s Part 2 of Tuition List

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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

30 thoughts to “Los Angeles Private School Tuition: A List”

  1. Please clarify – Does this include other fees – building assessment, parent org, student fees, etc that get tacked on to base tutiton?

    1. Hi Matthew, there is a student fee when you enroll/re-enroll your child. The other items I’m referring to are not tuition related, but are “optional” expenses like Annual Giving, attending school fundraisers and things like that. I put optional in quotes because these things are really not optional at most schools, but are expected. However, the amount of giving is up to each family. There are also student related expenses that are completely up to the parents like hot lunch, Spring Break camp or enrichment classes.

      Thanks for the question! – Christina

      1. Thanks for the response. I am not talking about annual giving which is voluntary. Does the March 2013 list of tuition in your blog take into consideration fees tacked on that are mandatory and to be paid upon re-enrollment by parents?

        1. No. The tuition does not include re-enrollment fees, which you correctly point out are mandatory. Enrollment/re-enrollment fees can range from several hundred to a several thousand dollars, depending on the school. Thanks for clarifying! -Christina

      1. Hi Jamie, the next post will be tuition for 2015-16 at a bunch of schools. Laurel Hall will be $10,500/yr.

        Stay tuned for the list!

  2. I wish I had this list when we were applying to elementary schools. Trying to uncover the costs is sometimes a full time job, as it seemed like many schools have the prices hidden in the nether regions of their websites! 🙂 But just having them all at your fingertips like this is so helpful. Great post.

  3. What a great resource! Now, is there a list of private preschools in LA? That would be super helpful, as I’m trying to put together my own list. It is a full time job, Gina. Most preschools do not offer this information on their web site. I don’t really understand why? I have wasted so much time pursuing preschools we cannot afford and also wasting their time.

    1. Hi Amber, its even harder to find out the tuition for preschools, I agree! There is a good book called “Coping With Preschool Panic” by Michelle Nitka that reviews preschools and includes tuition and fees. It doesn’t cover all the preschools, but its a very good resource. With preschools, in my experience, there is a wide range in tuition, more so than for elementary schools. – Best, Christina

        1. You’re welcome! Also, if you haven’t see it, there is a great list of preschools called “Hidden Gems 1 and 2 on The Twin Coach (www.thetwincoach.com) and while its not a tuition list, it does have links to the preschool websites. Its a different list than Preschool Panic for the most part.

  4. I want to see the post where final, year end costs are shown, included expected donations, fees, student costs, etc. Or, maybe I don’t.

  5. Many of theses schools do offer financial aid, so never be afraid to ask — you might be suprised at the support offered.

  6. Hi Sarah,

    I found Hollywood School House on their website: $15,300 for K-3. I didn’t see any tuition listed on Los Encinos. Thanks for the question! – Christina

    1. Hi Christina-

      I finally just called the school, and tuition for 2013-2014 will be $21,975. Just thought this might be helpful for some of your Valley readers. 🙂

  7. Marymount High School 13-14 tuition is $28,900 (includes transportation). Marymount also does not charge a new student fee like most Independent schools charge.

  8. Does your “secondary school” list include middle school and high school? Is it generally the same for those years?

  9. Hi Cassandra, “Secondary schools” means middle and high schools. Tuition tends to increase for each level of school i.e. between elementary and middle school and sometimes (not always) between middle and high school. You also have to factor in annual tuition increases. –Christina

  10. “Worth every penny?” This is shocking, and assumes people have 30k after taxes to spare. All children, regardless of parent wealth, should have a shot at a great education – and it shouldn’t need to be in a country club setting.

  11. Yes, the school stuff is really mind boggling. Don’t know how or why, but our girls ended up at Immaculate Heart which comes in at about $12K per year, and none of the Hollywood Drama as at some of these other “establishments”. We looked at Marlborough, and ran the other way.

  12. I need to know if it is possible to ask for a full tuition. I am in SSI and my daughter is a A student, she asked me to apply to a Windward school. I do not know if it is possible to get a full tuition pay.

    1. Hi Svetlana, financial aid is based on your family’s financial need (how much of the tuition can you pay and how much financial aid to you need). I hope that helps. Christina

  13. I go to crossroads school and that information is not completely accurate. You also have to pay an entry fee and pay for textbooks. (not included as above) lunch costs from around $4-11 daily. I can’t remember if you have to pay for the test also, but it’s not too unlikely.

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