Harford Day YOUR WAY
Harford Day School offers the preeminent educational experience for children age 3 to Grade 8 in Harford County. We want to share our wonderful tradition of inspiring bright, curious students with strong character to discover their gifts and prepare them for a future of unparalleled success. You should not have to settle when it comes to your child's education. Harford Day School’s Indexed Tuition approach makes it easier for a diversity of families to afford a high-quality, independent education for their child(ren). We know each family’s situation is unique. We aim to be responsive to your needs through a menu of options that addresses a variety of situations.
You have worked hard to provide early learning and enrichment opportunities for your child(ren). To recognize your commitment and your child’s potential to excel in our program, all admissions applications for new students will automatically be considered for a limited number of one-year scholarships for highly qualified applicants as demonstrated through the admissions process. Financial need is not a requirement for many of these awards. Learn more HERE.
Customized Payment Plans
In addition to our traditional 1, 3 and 9 payment options, we are now offering customized plans to allow families to spread payments over 12 months.
In recognition of your service, newly admitted active-duty military families with children entering Kindergarten or Middle School (Grades 6-8) will receive a $1,000 discount.
In addition, Harford Day School participates in Child Care Aware of America. We will work with you to take advantage of the benefits you are eligible to receive as they relate to our K-Prep 3, K-Prep 4 and Extended Day programs.
Your family may qualify for additional funding. Please review the responsive tuition application process below.
Indexed Tuition is a flexible tuition pricing plan based on each family's specific financial situation. Harford Day School partners with School and Student Services (SSS), a division of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), in a confidential process to determine each family's customized tuition rate through submission of the Parent Financial Statement (PFS).
2020-21 Indexed Tuition Ranges
|Grades||Monthly Tuition Ranges|
|Lower School: Grades 1-5||$746.00-$1,492.00|
|Middle School: Grades 6-8||$833.00-$1,542.00|
|Little Dragons & K-Prep||Limited availability.|
Who Should Apply?
Harford Day School is a diverse school community that values the inclusion of a range of socioeconomic backgrounds. Approximately 30% of our families pay less than the maximum tuition, including middle-income families and families with multiple children in tuition-charging schools. All families are encouraged to apply for Indexed Tuition if they think they may qualify. Indexed tuition is available to any qualifying, mission-appropriate student whose family values an independent education and will support the policies of Harford Day School.
How does Indexed Tuition Work?
A family’s Indexed Tuition level is determined annually by a careful evaluation of the completed Parent Financial Statement (PFS) and related financial documentation submitted each year. School and Student Services (SSS) by NAIS allows independent (private) schools to use a standardized methodology to objectively assess what a family can afford to pay for tuition.
Harford Day School strives to meet the demonstrated financial needs of current and prospective families. In addition to the SSS application and tax returns for the previous two years, the School also considers lifestyle choices and spending patterns as part of the award process. In fairness to all applicants, education must be a top priority over luxury cars, vacations, and club memberships.
All Indexed tuition inquiries are kept in the strictest of confidence. This information is not shared with faculty or students. We request that families paying an Indexed Tuition maintain the same discretion.
Harford Day School does not discriminate on the basis of color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.
Key Factors Determining Your Indexed Tuition Level
|Total Family Income as verified with IRS forms and schedules|
|Net worth, including real estate, bank accounts, non-retirement investments|
|Debt to Equity Ratio|
|Number of children in the family and in tuition-charging schools|
|Discretionary or luxury expenditures|
|Extenuating circumstances (health, change in employment, other)|