Admissions » Affordability


Tuition at CDS: 

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

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.

2019-20 Annual Tuition Rates:

Toddler 5 Full Day, Preschool All Day, and Kindergarten-Sixth Grade (Monday-Friday), $19,700

Preschool AM Plus (Half day on Monday and Friday, full day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday), $16,735

Preschool Half Day (Monday-Friday), $12,129

Toddler, 3 Full Days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday), $12,815

Toddler, 2 Full Days (Thursday, Friday), $8,803

Toddler, 5 Half Days (Monday through Friday), $13,687

Toddler, 3 Half Days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday), $9,587

Toddler, 2 Half Days (Thursday, Friday), $6,849

Note: Half-day hours are 8:15-11:15 a.m. Full days are 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

Other Expenses

Extended Day Programming
Chesterfield Day School offers before- and after-school care staffed by experienced caregivers who know our students well and bring great energy and excitement to the program.

  • Before-school care runs from 7:00-8:00 a.m. and is free of charge.
  • After-school care runs from 3:30-6:00 p.m. and is approximately $12-15/day.

Extracurricular Activities

CDS also offers Extracurricular Activities throughout the year. Courses vary by offering and ages served and change on a seasonal basis. 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 (Off-Day camps + before and after hours care are priced with a flat fee. Half-day hours are 7 – 11:15 a.m. and full day care is available from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

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 85% 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 Assistance Information

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

Our school uses the services of FACTS to assist in determining financial assistance 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 assistance 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 assistance application for CDS. In addition to completing the online 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 Assistance Committee to consider in reviewing their request.

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

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