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A comprehensive, engaging education is an investment with lifelong returns.

Reading the information on this page is a good first step toward understanding costs, opportunities for assistance, and options for managing expenses during the school year. However, please do not hesitate to contact Admissions at 760-579-4901, if you have questions not answered here.
A Pacific Ridge School education may be one of the most important investments you can make in your child's future. Our program inspires students to become lifelong learners and provides ample opportunity for practicing and refining skills needed to succeed in high school, college and beyond.

Tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year is $32,150.

Pacific Ridge offers a tuition assistance program for families with demonstrated need, as well as several payment options to help all families manage tuition expenses (see below). We encourage you to apply for tuition assistance if you feel that a Pacific Ridge education is not within reach for financial reasons.

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  • Additional Expenses To Expect

    In addition to tuition, the following costs may be incurred during your child's time at Pacific Ridge School (estimates based on 2018 prices):

    • Books: $400 - $500
    • Uniforms: $100 - $400
    • Lunch: Families can choose to order lunch from Ki’s School Lunch, with meals at $6 and higher.
    • Optional Transportation: Round trip - $2,636; One-way -$1,680
    • Year-end Global Travel (Pacific Ridge gives assistance for trip costs to families receiving tuition assistance.) 2017 prices:
      • 7th grade  - Leadership in Big Bear - $515
      • 8th grade - Civic Engagement in Washington, D.C. -$2,300
      • 9th grade - Becoming World Travelers in China - $4,400
      • 10th grade - Community and Outdoor Leadership - $1,850
      • 11th and 12th grades - small-group experiences in the U.S. and around the world - range from $1,000 to $4,900
    • Student-specific activities, e.g., attendance at a Model United Nations conference, travel for a sports tournament
    • Voluntary Annual Fund contribution
"A purposeful education is more than excellent academics. It has led my children to think about what their education means, and how they will use it to make productive choices, both in college and afterward."  - Parent


To promote access for qualified students who may not be able to consider Pacific Ridge for financial reasons, the school provides tuition assistance. We have a generous assistance budget and allocate more than 3.1 million dollars annually. As a result, a Pacific Ridge education is possible for families of varying financial resources, and our financial aid recipients represent a wide range of income levels.

How It Works

Families requesting tuition assistance apply at the same time as they apply for admission to Pacific Ridge School, with both applications due by February 3rd. Tuition assistance applications are made to a third party organization run by the Independent School Management's Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST). A FAST form will assist the school's determination of a family's ability to afford the costs of private education. The link to the FAST application will be available on this site after November 1st.

The Admissions Committee makes admissions decisions first, without knowledge of tuition assistance requests. The Business Office then allocates the tuition assistance grants to the accepted students based on demonstrated need and the dollars available in the school’s assistance budget.

Making It Possible

We know from our alumni that a Pacific Ridge education can be a transformative experience. Making the experience financially feasible takes careful planning. It may be beneficial to look at a combination of options when formulating a strategy for paying tuition such as payment plans, and if qualified, tuition assistance. We have also found that grandparents, other relatives, and close friends often welcome the opportunity to provide financial help toward an independent school education. Students from families representing a wide range of incomes attend Pacific Ridge, and we want to help you take advantage of all opportunities for assistance. Please contact Admissions to discuss the options available for financing a Pacific Ridge education.

Pacific Ridge gives more than $3.1 million each year in tuition assistance for about 30% of its students.


Pacific Ridge offers families several payment options to help manage tuition expenses. After paying a 10% non-refundable deposit at the time of enrolling, families can choose one of several payment options. Balances can be paid in full, in two payments, or in ten payments. Tuition insurance is also available.

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  • Option 1: Single Payment

    Families who choose this option pay the full balance on June 1. For example, a family paying full tuition of $32,150 would pay the 10% deposit of $3,215 when enrolling in March, followed by a single payment of  $28,935 on June 1.
  • Option 2: Two Payments

    Families who choose this option spread the balance over two payment periods following the initial enrollment deposit of $3,215: June 1 ($14,467.50) and January 1 ($14,467.50). There is a $220 processing fee for this plan, and participants are required to purchase tuition insurance. The insurance premium is 1.1% of the student's tuition, less the advance deposit.
  • Option 3: Ten Payments

    Families who choose this option make the initial deposit of $3,215 when enrolling, then spread the balance over ten monthly payment periods beginning in June and ending in March. There is $440 processing fee for this plan, and participants are required to purchase tuition insurance. The insurance premium is 1.1% of the student's tuition, less the advance deposit.