To unleash and support our students’ potential, we must remove barriers. This is the thinking behind our sliding-scale tuition policy, which acts as a cultural and economic equalizer by making it possible for families to pay tuition based on their individual means. Revolution School is among the first schools in Philadelphia to adopt this model, which has been successfully used to promote diversity in schools around the world.
With a sliding scale model, each family contributes according to their means. The goal is to promote fairness and equity by allowing families in all socioeconomic brackets access to a Revolution School education
The calculator below is intended to provide you with a rough estimate of how much you might pay based on your income and assets. It is not a guarantee of admission and does not reflect your final tuition amount.
We strive to make equitable decisions which will allow all students who are otherwise qualified to attend. School administrators are authorized to use their professional judgement when making final interpretations of the data and allocation of funds. A credit for other tuition is included and total assets above $200,000.
The true cost of a Revolution School Education is $35,000. The variance between admitted students’ tuition and the cost of the education at Revolution School is supported through guaranteed scholarship. All families participate in the sliding scale of tuition. We ask families who wish to participate at a level below the top range ($35,000) to complete a Parent Financial Statement (PFS) when they apply. This separate and confidential process allows us to compile information about your income and expenses to determine an equitable contribution to tuition. To help accommodate potential changes in your financial status, you will fill out a new PFS for each year that someone in your family attends our school.
The top range of our sliding scale is $35,000 for the class of 2023 (students entering 9th grade in Fall 2019). This includes:
Daily meal costs are not included. Families who choose to buy lunch through our program should expect to pay an additional $900-1200 per year, depending on the options they select.
Our Board of Trustees sets maximum tuition fees annually for each new cohort of enrolling students. As a way of helping families manage their anticipated costs over the years of their child’s enrollment, Revolution School holds tuition level constant for each cohort over their time at the school. In other words, the maximum tuition amount a family pays in 9th grade will be constant in the following three years of their education. Although families using the sliding scale will have their contribution calculated annually, it will not exceed the maximum tuition of their cohort.
All families participate in the sliding scale of tuition, although some families may choose not to submit financial information, opting instead to pay the top range of tuition as determined by the Board of Trustees. We encourage all families to complete the PFS and get a true placement on the scale. Families who do not complete the PFS commit to paying maximum tuition costs each year that you have a family member attending Revolution School.
The Sliding Scale includes a graduated discount for siblings enrolled in day-care, Revolution or other independent schools, and/or college. We ask that families detail these commitments as part of the PFS submission process.ngs.