The value of a Thaden education resides in the small size of our classes (typically no more than 15 students), the quality of our faculty, the diversity of our learning community, the design of our curriculum and campus, and the abundance of opportunities for students to participate in athletics and other co-curricular programs.

Our innovative indexed tuition program advances our mission by making a Thaden education more affordable for all families in Northwest Arkansas. Each student’s tuition is individually determined or “indexed” on the basis of the family’s financial resources. Tuition is all-inclusive and covers transportation to school, two daily meals (breakfast and lunch), all instructional materials, athletic uniforms, the cost of field trips and other special activities, and the use of a personal laptop for the academic year.
Most of our families currently pay below the maximum tuition. It is important to note that all families, including those that pay the maximum tuition, pay well below the actual cost of a Thaden education: many of our costs, including our campus design and construction, are supported by philanthropic contributions.

Funds generated through tuition are used primarily to recruit and retain a faculty of the highest quality and to maintain our small student-teacher ratios. For this reason, our indexed tuition program not only benefits all families financially but also enhances the overall quality of a Thaden education by enabling us to create a more balanced and diverse learning community where many perspectives meet.

Tuition Index for 2018-2019

Household Income Range Tuition Range
$80,000 and below $500 to $2,500
$80,000 to $100,000 $2,500 to $5,000
$100,000 to $140,000 $5,000 to $10,000
$140,000 to $180,000 $10,000 to $18,000
$180,000 and above $18,000 to $24,800
When setting a family’s indexed tuition, the school takes several factors other than household income into consideration including family size, number of children attending Thaden or other tuition-based schools (including college), and other liabilities and assets. For example, a household with an annual income of $100,000 might be expected to pay more than $5000 in tuition if the family also has considerable additional assets (e.g., savings, investments, gifts). Similarly, another family with an annual income of $100,000 who also has significant annual medical costs or tuition obligations might be expected to pay less than $5000 in tuition. Indexed tuition calculations can be particularly complex for families interested in sending more than one child to Thaden.

For this reason, the tuition ranges above are illustrative but are non-binding. A family’s application for indexed tuition must be complete before a final determination can be made. We encourage all families to contact us as soon as possible, and well before the application deadline, to learn more about our indexed tuition program.

Applications received after our January 5 deadline will be considered on a rolling basis.

Applications for indexed tuition may be submitted online
. There is no application fee. Tuition determinations will be communicated with admissions decisions by February 15, 2018 to families who meet the January 5, 2018 application deadline.

Find more information about our Indexed Tuition, including the application process in our Frequently Asked Questions.

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