NYC private schools charge more than Harvard

Private school tuition is soaring in New York City, reports the New York Times. Parents pay as much as $40,000 a year — and that doesn’t count what they pay admissions consultants to help get their kids in.

Over the past 10 years, the median price of first grade in the city has gone up by 48 percent, adjusted for inflation, compared with a 35 percent increase at private schools nationally — and just 24 percent at an Ivy League college — according to tuition data provided by 41 New York City K-12 private schools to the National Association of Independent Schools.

Indeed, this year’s tuition at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory ($38,340 for 12th grade) and Horace Mann ($37,275 for the upper school) is higher than Harvard’s ($36,305).

Schools say they have to pay teachers more to compete with the public schools, but the main push seems to be supply and demand. There are lots of parents who’ll pay anything for a place at an elite school.


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  1. I have no way of proving it, but I’m confident that these schools could charge $50 or 60K next year and not see a significant drop in applications.

    There are still plenty of six- and seven-figure bonuses being handed out on this big chunk of schist.

  2. Hmmm… I wonder what resources are available to a child for a $40,000 tuition. I’d be interested to see a breakdown.