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Gillispie School / Admission / Affording a Gillispie Education


The investment in these early years is foundational in developing how children perceive learning going forward. Our roots trace back to a humble beginning as a small cottage where community members served hot meals and offered childcare to children of working families. Today, that history fuels our commitment to nurturing a diverse student community of differing socioeconomic backgrounds and ensuring that every child has access to an excellent education.

Our financial assistance program and payment options are designed to support your investment in your child’s journey.


Preschool (ages two to three)

  • 5 Full Days: $24,340
  • 5 Half Days: $19,710
  • 3 Full Days: $19,710
  • 3 Half Days: $15,810


  • Single Payment: Due in July
  • Monthly Payment Plan: 10 monthly payments from July through April

Pre-K and Elementary

  • Pre-K: $25,640
  • Kindergarten through Grade 2: $27,590
  • Grades 3 through 5: $28,320
  • Grade 6: $28,790


Gillispie uses the Clarity Application to determine a family’s level of financial need, considering factors shared in the application, such as assets, income, expenses and debt, cost of living, family size, and whether there are siblings in tuition-charging schools.

Step 1 – Submit the Clarity Application.

  • This typically takes less than 30 minutes and is also mobile-friendly! You can save your progress and return at any time.
  • There is a $60 fee to submit, and you can share your application with additional schools that accept the Clarity application for no additional charge. If this poses a financial challenge, please contact [email protected].

Step 2 – Upload supplemental financial documents to Clarity.

  • You will be notified by email if further documentation is needed.
  • To upload additional financial documentation, return to your Clarity dashboard after you’ve submitted the Clarity application.

Financial Assistance is awarded based on demonstrated need. Families who anticipate needing assistance with tuition should apply when they first submit an admissions application to Gillispie.


  • December 6, 2023: Deadline to submit applications and supplemental financial documents (Returning Students)
  • February 1, 2024: Deadline to submit applications and supplemental financial documents (All New Applicants)
  • April 17, 2024: Deadline to submit 2023 tax returns

If you need support during the process of completing your application, there is in-app support available through the “Help” button in the bottom left of the screen, as well as email and phone support at [email protected] or 206-210-3752, in both English and Spanish. The application itself is also fully translated into Spanish.

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