Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Whoever touches the life of the child touches the most sensitive point of a whole which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future.

Maria Montessori

Tuition, Expenses, and Financial Aid

Tuition Rates

Our tuition and fees vary according to grade level. All tuition agreements include a non-refundable deposit of $1,000, which is due upon enrollment each year.

Additional fees are charged for services and extracurricular activities that are offered outside of the standard school day. These include After-Hours care, Off-Day Camps, our farm-to-school catered lunch service, extracurricular activities, and summer programs. Charges for private educational support and private lessons are billed by and paid directly to the service provider, not to CDS.

Expenses related to field trips, school supplies, yearbooks, and cultural assemblies are normally covered through tuition.

Annual Tuition Rates

Toddler 5 Full Day, Preschool All Day, and Kindergarten-Sixth Grade (Monday-Friday), $18,600

Preschool AM Plus (Half day on Monday and Friday, full day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday), $15,800

Preschool Half Day (Monday-Friday), $11,450

Toddler, 3 Full Days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday), $12,100

Toddler, 2 Full Days (Thursday, Friday), $8,310

Toddler, 5 Half Days (Monday through Friday), $12,920

Toddler, 3 Half Days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday), $9,050

Toddler, 2 Half Days (Thursday, Friday), $6,465

Other Expenses

Extended Day Programming
Chesterfield Day School offers before- and after-school care staffed by experienced caregivers who know all of our students well and bring great energy to their roles.

  • Before-school care runs from 7-8 a.m. and is free of charge.
  • After-school care runs from 3:30-6 p.m. and is $12-15/day.

Extracurricular Activities
CDS also offers Extracurricular Activities throughout the year. These opportunities are priced separately from tuition. Learn more.

Off-Day Camp
Our Off-Day Camp program is available for conference days and faculty in-service days as well as occasional half-day dismissals during the academic year. Fees are $35 for half-day camp to $65 for full-day camp.

CDS allows families the flexibility to either pack lunch or purchase a hot lunch for any number of days a week. Our lunch provider is Chef Matthew Kern of The Man Behind the Food. Chef Matt's farm-to-table menu features seasonal, local food with kid-friendly, personalized menus. With annual or ala carte ordering options, families have the flexibility to choose the meal plan that is best for them.

Annual Fund
Tuition covers 90% of the total cost to educate each student; our Annual Fund helps make up the difference — and has a profound effect on our school. All members of the CDS community are asked to contribute to the Annual Fund, which is typical of most independent schools.

Financial Aid Information

At CDS, admissions decisions are made independent of need, and financial aid is available to students in Preschool through Sixth Grade.

Our school uses the services of FACTS to assist in determining financial aid awards. FACTS is an independent vendor that assists more than 6,000 institutions in the United States with financial-needs assessments.

Our Process

Step 1: Application for admission
Complete the online admissions application. Financial aid applications will only be considered when a complete and finalized admissions application has been submitted to CDS.

Step 2: FACTS application
Go to the FACTS website and follow the provided instructions to complete a financial aid application for CDS. In addition to completing the online financial aid application, the school asks parents to provide a complete copy of their prior year's federal income tax return along with any other information that they would like the Financial Aid Committee to consider in reviewing their request.

Step 3: Decision
Once CDS receives your completed application from FACTS, the school's Financial Aid Committee will meet to consider the application and make a final decision. You will receive written notice of your financial aid award once the decision is made.

Should you have any questions about the process, please contact our Business Office at 314-469-6622 or

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