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The Value of a Relevant, Well-Rounded Education


A New Garden Friends School education may well be one of the wisest investments you can make for your child.

While we employ several strategies to keep costs within reach, for many families, affording an NGFS education takes planning. For these families, offering their children the opportunity to experience NGFS means making financial decisions and choices. NGFS is committed to offering help to families in planning and making appropriate choices to afford tuition. Options include the tuition payment plan, state funded programs, and tuition assistance awards for families demonstrating financial need.

New Garden Friends School participates in the NC State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) which offers programs that provide funds for independent school for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information about these programs visit For scholarship information for the 2024-25 school year, see these FAQs: Opportunity Scholarship and ESA+ Scholarship

We encourage you to explore the opportunities available to you and your family when deciding if an NGFS education is within reach.

Families of students in grades K-12 who are concerned they may not be able to afford a New Garden Friends School education may apply for tuition assistance. Assistance is unavailable for preschool students (A Child's Garden).

Families can choose to pay tuition in one payment, twice/year, or in monthly installments.

2024-25 Tuition



For ages 3, 4, and 5: 

Preschool, Pre-K, and Transitional Kindergarten

Grades 1-4$21,500
Grades 5-6$22,100
Grades 7-8$23,300
Grades 9-12$26,500



There is a one-time new family fee of $850.00.

Other fee information is here.

Using 529 Plan Withdrawals for Private Education

529 plans, which offer parents a tax-advantaged way to save for higher-education expenses, have been expanded to now cover grade- costs. Under the updated tax code, parents can now withdraw up to $10,000 per year to pay for tuition, books, and other eligible expenses at private elementary and high schools. These withdrawals are tax-free as long as they're used for qualified education expenses. 

Learn more about 529 plans here.