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Tuition and Your Family’s Private School Investment

We know one of the very first questions you might be asking about Columbia Academy is “What does it cost?” Over the years, regardless of income, we have found that every family has questions about tuition at a private school. We believe this is often a top-of-mind question for families because your school selection will be the best investment you can make in your child’s future.


Our admissions team enjoys having these conversations with parents because they matter in such important, tangible ways. We have included some basic information about our tuition rates and financial assistance opportunities below and you can find more complete, detailed guides here. Please have a look, then contact us. We would love to answer all your questions, hear about your priorities, and walk you through our streamlined admissions application process.


Columbia Academy Tuition Rates

Our programs serve children from six weeks through middle school. Below are the current rates for our Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, Elementary School, and Middle School programs in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Preschool Program Offerings and Tuition

We have four preschool campuses (Thunder Hill, Kendall Ridge, Kings Contrivance, and Maple Lawn). We offer several programs with half-day/full-day options at each location.

Infant/Toddler Program

Our youngest learners thrive in a warm, nurturing environment where exceptional care is provided by the same caregivers for the first two years. During this full-time program from 7 a.m. — 6 p.m., dedicated teachers introduce children ages six weeks to two-years-old to lessons which pique their curiosity and stimulate learning. Children transition to the K-Prep2 program based on when their birthdays fall,  during one of three rotations throughout the year.

  • Current Tuition: $2,215 per month

K-Prep2 Program 

Our K-Prep2 Program is designed to support the academic, social, and emotional development of each child as they prepare for the next step. This solid early childhood foundation inspires the joyful discovery of self and creates confident lifelong learners. Choose a schedule from the following three options that best meets your family’s needs:

  • Five Full Days (7 a.m. — 6 p.m.) 
    Current Tuition: $1,800 per month
  • Five Academic Days (9 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.)
    Current Tuition: $1,631 per month
  • Five Half Days (9 a.m. — 12 p.m.)
    Current Tuition: $1,460 per month

K-Prep3 & K-Prep4 Programs

These programs are structured intentionally for children to discover a love of learning and a passion for independent thinking. Using developmentally appropriate objectives, teachers individualize instruction to ensure intellectual, linguistic, and motor skill growth.

To enter our K-Prep3 Program, children must turn three between January and August and be potty-trained. Children whose birthdays fall between September and December and who are also potty-trained enter our Transitional 3’s classroom. Children in both K-Prep3 and Transitional 3’s are introduced to core academics in a fun and meaningful way. Our K-Prep4 Program focuses on learning objectives that prepare children for success in Kindergarten and beyond by expanding vocabularies, developing foundational math skills, and learning how to thrive in a classroom environment. We offer the following options so you can choose which schedule best fits your family’s needs and priorities:

  • Five Full Days (7 a.m. — 6 p.m.) 
    Current Tuition: $1,750 per month
  • Five Academic Days (9 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.)
    Current Tuition: $1,585 per month
  • Five Half Days (9 a.m. — 12 p.m.) 
    Current Tuition: $1,418 per month

Elementary & Middle School Tuition

Our elementary and middle school serves students in Transitional Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. Our focus on the child is intentional, as is the curriculum we select. Our well-known character education program is woven into all content areas and everyday interactions.

For our elementary school students, hands-on exploration and collaborative work challenges and inspires students to think creatively and build positive relationships. With one foot in childhood and the other in adolescence, our middle school students delve deeply into texts and analyze, discuss, and synthesize ideas with their peers. They have choice in their day through our elective program and take on leadership opportunities throughout the school year. Read more about our Transitional Kindergarten, Elementary School, and Middle School offerings.

  • Transitional Kindergarten
    Current Tuition: $11,990
  • Kindergarten — Grade 4
    Current Tuition: $12,208
  • Grade 5 — Grade 8
    Current Tuition: $12,535

These tuition rates will be the most significant part of your family’s financial investment at Columbia Academy. You can read a thorough breakdown with our latest Tuition Packets. It includes things such as:

  • Information about our After Care program
  • A complete listing of our Book, Technology, and Activity Fees
  • Details about Multi-Child Discounts and our Referral Discount Program
  • Various flexible tuition payment option plans you can take advantage of at Columbia Academy
  • How to apply for tuition assistance through our FACTS Grants and Aid partner

*Families must apply for admission prior to applying for tuition assistance

Download your Tuition Packets below.



Why Parents Entrust Us with Their Child’s Care and Education

What does your investment translate to at Columbia Academy?

Discover some high-level, quick facts including our smaller class sizes, individualized attention in our preschool programs, and differentiated instruction at our elementary and middle school.

Hear from students and teachers alike about the Columbia Academy difference, and discover the exciting experiences, adventures, and discoveries that await your child here. Our dedicated faculty and meticulously designed curriculum truly are exceptional. Our approach to education is creative and engaging. We know every child by name and the unique gifts they possess so we can individualize learning for each child at every age and stage. 

The combination of highly personalized attention, robust technology and learning resources, and outstanding pedagogy work together to build and maintain a lifelong love of learning. Children thrive during their time with us, and the remarkable academic and personal success they achieve continues long after they leave our halls.

Parents of current students and a long list of alumni parents have much to say about how their child’s time at Columbia Academy has been invaluable. Schedule a tour and let us show you firsthand what makes Columbia Academy the premier choice for private school education in Howard County and beyond. Download your Parent Information Packet to learn more.