Investing in an Independent School Education
Paying for a fantastic independent school education can be a difficult decision. It is a significant investment, but an investment in the future. As the only college preparatory, independent school in Tallahassee, we feel a responsibility to provide a best-in-class 21st Century Independent School education. Best practices require us to think creatively about infusing 21st Century skills in our Liberal Arts education and ensure our people, programs, and resources are aligned accordingly. We have been putting these changes in place over the last few years through movement in our curriculum to bring more hands-on learning, application of skills, and stronger ties to talent in Tallahassee through community partnerships. We have increased fourfold college counseling, as well as expanded support for different learning styles, and created meaningful character education programming.
Many families find immeasurable value in the Maclay School educational experience and how we work in each grade level to make not only great learners but also great people.
What Makes an Independent School Special?
What Makes Maclay School Different?
- A larger percentage of students at independent schools are enrolled in advanced courses than in public, parochial, and other private schools.
- Independent schools have low student-teacher ratios that encourage close connections with students.
- Independent school students have a greater likelihood of a student completing a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
- Tailored curriculum with upper school concentration offerings
- High-level experiences, opportunities, and signature programs
- Unrivaled college counseling program
- Liberal arts approach emphasizing real-world applications
- Global alumni network offering support at every life transition
- Service work that makes a difference
"A great school supporting any type of motivated student, from future politician to future artist. This is the type of unconditional support that can only come from the Maclay family." - Jessica Hillis, Class of 2002
"After 14 years at Maclay, I can only say positive things about the school, faculty, and community. I had personal relationships with many of my teachers, and I was respected as a student. After graduating, I was not only prepared for college, but at a more advanced level than many of my peers. I would recommend Maclay to anyone and everyone, and will always be grateful for the education I received. Thank you, Maclay School." - Kolby McWilliams, Class of 2014
Tuition Fees 2019-20
Security and Maintenance fee of $100 per student paid at the time of enrollment.
- One-time $600 new student enrollment fee for students entering grades 6-12.
- Deposit: One-half of the required 10% deposit is applied to tuition each semester. This is nonrefundable and must be paid by e-check or credit card through FACTS Tuition Management.
- Payment Plan Options: Annual, semester or monthly payments must be paid through FACTS Tuition Management.
- Afternoon care is available for grades Pre-K through 5th grade. Contact front office at 850-893-2138 for more information (Grades 6-8 afternoon care is provided at no charge).
- Text Books: Students in grades 9-12 are responsible for renting or purchasing their textbooks.
- Technology: Students in grades 4-10 must purchase their own technology device to bring to school each day.
Maclay School is committed to attracting well-rounded, diverse, and motivated students. Enrollment, we believe, should be open to all families, which is why we offer need-based financial aid for grades 1-12. We encourage families to apply for financial aid as early as possible (beginning in January 2020), since funds are awarded on a yearly basis. Families must reapply for financial aid each year, and applications are due by April 15, 2020.
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