Tuition & Fees

Annual Tuition 2016 - 2017
Books, technology, activities, and Outdoor Education program fees are included.

Toddler (2 - 3 years old)
3 Mornings
$ 16,725
4 Mornings
$ 18,090
5 Mornings
$ 19,460
Primary (3 - 4 years old)
3 days
$ 22,945
4 days
$ 23,790
5 days
$ 24,690
Kindergarten (5 years old)
$ 28,810
Elementary & Middle School
1st – 3rd Grades
$ 29,950
4th – 5th Grades
$ 30,680
6th & 7th Grades
$ 31,580
8th Grade
$ 32,840

List of 3 items.

  • Capital Deposits

    Annual refundable capital deposits of $1,000 per child enrolled at Marin Horizon School are required from families with students in Primary through 7th grades.The maximum accrued capital deposit is $10,000 per child enrolled at Marin Horizon, or $15,000 per family, whichever is less. Capital deposit payments can be financed through special arrangements that Marin Horizon has made with an established local bank. Capital deposit refunds of principal are made in September of the year following the student's graduation or departure.
  • Learning Support

    Marin Horizon School provides a Learning Support Program to ensure the success of students who need additional academic support.This program includes regular, direct support from a Learning Support Teacher, classroom observations, and frequent communication between parents, teachers, and outside specialists retained by the family. The cost of the program is $3,750 for students in Kindergarten - 5th grade, and $4,000 for students in grades 6th - 8th.
  • Daycare

    The Horizon Center provides before and after school care.  Primary through 8th grade must be signed into Horizon Center if they are on school grounds before and after school.

    Planned Daycare
    Annual fees are designed for persons who use this service on a regular basis.The rates are significantly lower than drop-in fees and are paid in equal monthly installments, due on the first of each month, September-June.

    Planned daycare packages include Teacher In-Service and Conference Days only. Vacation periods are not included.Daycare is available during school vacations with advanced registration. The fees for vacation daycare are billed separately at a rate of $55 per day or $35 for a half day. Weekly rates are significantly discounted. There will be no credit for missed days.

    Mornings (Toddlers)
    8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
    Afternoon (Toddlers)
    12:50 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Afternoon (Toddlers)
    3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Mornings (Primary - 8th grades)
    7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
    Afternoon (Primary students)
    after school - until 6:00 p.m.
    Afternoon (1st Grade)
    after school - until 6:00 p.m.
    Afternoon (2nd - 5th grades)
    fter school - until 6:00 p.m.
    Afternoon (Middle School)
    after school - until 6:00 p.m.

    Drop-in Daycare
    The drop-in charge for Primary through Middle School students is $10.00 per hour, to be billed monthly. There is a 1-hour minimum charge. A late pickup fee of $2.00 per minute will be charged after 6:00pm.

Tuition Assistance

Marin Horizon School is committed to socioeconomic diversity. This commitment is a cornerstone of our institution and speaks to our core value of promoting and celebrating diversity. We believe that the participation of families from a variety of backgrounds adds to the strength of our community, and we are committed to making Marin Horizon affordable for families through our Tuition Assistance Program.

At Marin Horizon, we understand that independent school tuition can present a challenge. Our Tuition Assistance Program, helps close the gap between the cost of attending Marin Horizon School and a family’s ability to pay. Assistance also covers a portion of non-tuition expenses including transportation, daycare, enrichment programs, tutoring, and outdoor education.

Approximiately 15% of our total tuition revenue is designated for tuition assistance for students in the main campus Primary Program through the Eighth Grade. For this academic year, we distributed more than $1,000,000 to over 20% of our students, with awards ranging from $2,200 to more than $24,000. If you feel that the cost of an independent school education is beyond what your family can afford, please read through the following information for an overview of the Tuition Assistance Program and the factors used to determine tuition assistance grants. If you have any questions about tuition assistance, please call Dorie Akka at 415.388.8408, ext. 223 or email

Tuition Assistance Timeline

November 2, 2015: SSS Parent Portal opens.

Due by January 13, 2016: Complete the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) through School and Student Service (SSS), a service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Marin Horizon School uses SSS to assess a family's ability to pay for their child's education.

The Parents' Financial Workbook and Instruction Booklet walks you through the process of completing the PFS. The Spanish version is also available on the NAIS SSS website, or by clicking here.

The SSS Family Portal is full of helpful resources. Here is a link to their Frequently Asked Questions.

Due by February 15, 2016:  
All families must upload their 2015 tax returns and either W2's or 1099's to SSS. Please include all schedules filed. For those families who file their taxes late in the year, the Tuition Assistance Committee will make awards contingent upon receipt of these documents. 

Sign and upload to SSS IRS form 4506-T. Marin Horizon reserves the right to request copies of the tax returns you filed with the IRS to verify accuracy of the copies that you submit to SSS, and this form allows us to do so. We do not require you, however, to submit a check for the fee payable to the IRS.

Late Applications:  Requests for tuition assistance that are filed after the deadlines will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

We grant Tuition Assistance awards for one year. Parents must complete a PFS each year and send it to SSS in accordance with the annual application deadlines. Unless there is a significant change in annual income or available assets, you can expect the approximate level of assistance to be continued from year to year.
Q:  Is tuition assistance available to students in the preschool program?

A:  Marin Horizon does not provide tuition assistance to students enrolled in the Toddler Cottage, with the exception of students of current Marin Horizon faculty and staff. However, students enrolled in the Primary program and beyond may receive tuition assistance.

Q:  How is the Required Family Contribution (RFC) calculated?

A:  The RFC is determined through a methodology developed by SSS, which takes into consideration gross taxable and non-taxable income, assets, liabilities, family size and the number of students in tuition-charging schools or colleges. After allowances for basic necessities and taxes, and a cost of living adjustment for the Bay Area, a portion of the remaining funds are considered available for education on a sliding scale.

INCOME: Refers to pre-tax income from wages, businesses, and investments. The SSS formula considers certain costs against this income in calculating the RFC, but they are not exactly the same factors that the IRS uses to calculate taxable income.

ASSETS: If a family has major assets, savings, and/or investments, the formula used by SSS computes an income supplement. Student assets such as savings or trust accounts are also considered. The treatment of home equity is not matched to actual market value in the Bay Area, but calculates a value based on the price paid for the home and the years it has been owned. The income generated by assets also takes parent age into account with respect to consideration of retirement savings.

COST OF LIVING: The high cost of living in the Bay Area is factored into the calculation of the RFC.

UNUSUAL EXPENSES: The formula used by SSS makes allowances for expenses such as care for an aging grandparent, parent educational loan payments and a number of other expenses listed in the PFS instructions.

OTHER INDEPENDENT SCHOOL OR COLLEGE TUITIONS: A family’s ability to pay is divided by the number of family members in tuition-charging schools.
DIVORCED, SEPARATED, OR NON-MARRIED PARENTS: All parents, including step-parents, are required to complete the PFS and submit tax returns to the Admissions Office. Each situation is unique, however, and exceptions are handled on an individual basis.

Q: If only one parent is working, will the student be considered for tuition assistance?

A: In the event that only one parent works, the Tuition Assistance Committee will impute an income to the nonworking parent. Exceptions to this policy include parents caring for a pre-school-aged child, a child with a disability, a seriously ill child, parent or grandparent, or other special circumstances. Please disclose this information to the Tuition Assistance Committee in writing when applying for tuition assistance.

Q: What if I cannot afford the application fee for the PFS?

A: SSS will automatically apply a fee waiver to eligible families based on the information in the PFS.

Q:  Does applying for tuition assistance affect chances for admission?

A: The Admissions Committee makes decisions on a needblind basis. Students who are deemed strong candidates for our program will be offered admission, space allowing, regardless of their financial need. Some years, however, the collective need of students qualifying for tuition assistance exceeds available resources, and we cannot offer tuition assistance. In those instances, admitted students will be placed on a Tuition Assistance waiting list.

Q:  What if I cannot afford the $1,000 annual capital deposit?

A:  Capital deposits are waived for those families who receive a tuition assistance award.