For the 2014-2015 school year:
Tuition includes the cost of day field trips
Approximately 80% of the school's budget is invested in
personnel to maintain an experienced faculty who provide Da Vinci
students with the best possible education
After completing the application process, the school will
notify the family of the admission decision. If a student is
accepted for admission, a 10% tuition deposit is due upon signing
an enrollment contract. Families have three payment options
during the school year for the remaining balance (Single Payment,
Three Payments, Ten Monthly Payments).
Families are also responsible for purchasing school
uniform tops through Land's End, paying for any hot
lunches/milks they choose to have, paying for any before/after
school care they use, buying school supplies, and
overnight field trips.
Value for the Tuition
At Da Vinci Academy we are dedicated to providing families with
value for tuition paid. Families choose independent schools
for a variety of reasons: small class sizes, safe environment,
high-quality teachers and excellent academic programs.
Parents know that these things improve a child's educational
experience and subsequently, their lives. Da Vinci
Academy families find value in discovering a place where their
children are intellectually challenged, socially secure,
emotionally nurtured, and encouraged to pursue their strengths and
The long-term value of a Da Vinci Academy education is confirmed
by the success of our alumni. Graduates are desirable
students for any high school program: public schools, independent
schools, boarding schools, or programs such as the Illinois Math
& Science Academy in Aurora. Our graduates now in college
are thriving at select schools.
We understand the educational value of a school community that
includes students with a variety of economic, cultural and ethnic
backgrounds. As a result, we are committed to accepting qualified
candidates, regardless of financial circumstances. In order to
fulfill this commitment, we offer need-based financial aid to those
families who qualify. Each year 30% of our students receive a
financial aid award. Of those, the average aid award is 50%
of the total tuition cost.
To determine a family's need for financial aid, Da Vinci
Academy uses School and Student Services (SSS) by the National
Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
To receive first consideration for 2014-15 aid, families must
complete the PFS and submit a copy of the 2013 tax return by March
Families submit an online Parents' Financial
Statement (PFS) to SSS, along with copies of appropriate tax and
income documents. SSS reviews the PFS to calculate what the
family can afford to pay in tuition. The SSS report assists
the school's financial aid committee in determining a family's
need and how much financial aid can be provided. Aid is
awarded as a grant for a one-year period. Families requesting
aid must apply each school year.
Families can apply for aid online at http://sss.nais.org. SSS has a
toll-free Helpline at 800-344-8328.