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The Cost of Education: Private School Tuition in the Seattle Area

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Many private schools in the Seattle area have strong academic programs and school communities. However, private education comes with a cost: tuition. If you’re exploring education options for your child, you may have concerns about what you can afford.

Private School Tuition in Seattle

According to the Education Data Initiative, the average tuition at K-12 private schools in Washington State is over $12,000. The average tuition for private schools in Seattle is even higher than the state average at over $19,000. However, some schools are more affordable than others.

For example, Northshore Christian Academy’s tuition for the 2023-24 school year is $9,680 for grades K-5 and $10,970 for grades 6-8. There are discounts for families with more than one child enrolled.

Many factors can affect the cost of tuition at a private school. Some schools cost more for reasons like the following:

  • Location. Private schools in Seattle proper tend to have higher tuition rates because of the higher cost of property.
  • Special programs. Schools with specialized programs, facilities, and extracurricular activities often have higher operating costs, which can affect tuition rates.
  • Class size. Private schools with smaller class sizes often charge more tuition.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Some schools offer financial aid to help make tuition more affordable for low-to-moderate-income families. They often award financial aid based on the family’s income and assets. Some schools also offer scholarships if the family volunteers in the community or the student shows strong academic performance or leadership.

If you’re worried about the cost of private school, you can research the financial aid opportunities at each school you are considering. There may be a program to help you afford the ideal school.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Private School


One of the most important things to consider before you enroll a child in a school is its academic programs. Some schools emphasize STEM, fine arts, or foreign language learning. If your child has a learning challenge or disability, you need to know if the school has the resources they need. Some private schools can demonstrate outstanding academic results with test scores or awards like the National Blue Ribbon School Award.

You may also want to consider the school’s extracurricular activities. Different schools offer different sports, clubs, and other activities your child may be interested in. These programs can help your child develop new skills, interests, and friendships.

Another factor to consider is the school’s culture and values. You can learn a lot by looking up the school's mission statement, religious affiliation, and code of conduct. You probably want to choose a school that aligns with your values and provides a positive learning environment.

Finally, you need to consider the location and transportation options for each school you are considering. Some private schools offer bus service from park-and-rides, but parents usually have to drive their children to school. Families often carpool or arrange for babysitters or grandparents to help with the commute.

Private school in the Seattle area is usually a large investment, but to many families, it’s worth it. With careful research, you may be able to find an affordable school with excellent academic programs, activities, and a good school culture for your child.

Tuition at Northshore Christian Academy

NCA’s tuition for the 2023-24 school year is $9,680 for grades K-5 and $10,970 for grades 6-8. Tuition for half-day Pre-K is $4,990. However, we offer discounts for families with more than one child enrolled.

Our school is committed to families who desire a Christian education, so we offer some tuition assistance for both new and returning families. This aid is available after you have completed the admissions and enrollment acceptance process. To learn more, please contact Mrs. Heidi Fretland at hfretland@nca.school.

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