Tuition & Financial Assistance

Tuition includes day and overnight trips within California for grades 6 and up.

2020-2021 Tuition

Grades K – 12


Grades K – 5: $24,600
Grades 6 – 8: $31,400
Grades 9 – 12: $34,400
5-day program: $23,000
3-day program: $15,000

Included in tuition:

  • Day and overnight field trips within California
  • Middle and high school clubs and sports program

Additional Fees:

  • $550 enrollment fee (waived for early re-enrolling families)
  • Instructional material for IB Diploma courses (grade 11 only)
  • Optional international trips for grade 8 and up (approx. $2,000-$3,000)
  • Optional extracurricular programs and after-school care

Beyond Tuition

Tuition does not cover all the operational costs for a small independent school such as Alto. To close the gap between costs and tuition, Alto asks all families to participate in fundraising activities such as the annual fund and auction. Contributions to the annual fund are tax-deductible.

In addition, we ask every family to support the school through volunteering. Each family is expected to volunteer for 25 hours each school year.

Financial Assistance

Alto offers a needs-based financial assistance program, and we work with families to try and make an Alto education affordable. The financial assistance application process is independent of the admissions process, though the two must be completed simultaneously if a family is planning to apply for aid. In the case of financial hardship, already enrolled families can submit a financial aid application during the school year.

Alto International School partners with School and Student Services (SSS) by National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) to review applications for financial assistamce to ensure an equitable and consistent process for distributing financial assistance funds.

  • To begin your financial assistance application, please read the How To Apply – Overview and Workbook & Instructions.
  • Next, visit the School and Student Services family portal to start your financial assistance application.
  • Applicants and returning families for the 2020-21 school year need to submit their financial assistance application by Wednesday, January 22, 2020.
  • Families applying after the January deadlines are requested to submit their financial assistance applications at the same time as their completed application.

If you have questions about the financial assistance process, please contact us.

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