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Affording Valley School

Valley School is committed to opening the door of independent school education to all families in our community. Given this pledge, Valley School is pleased to offer Tuition Within Reach, an affordability initiative that individualizes the cost of tuition based on each family’s unique financial situation.

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  • Over $1.2 million

    of Tuition Within Reach support offered to Valley School families each year.
  • $45,000 - $250,000

    Current household income range of families receiving Tuition Within Reach from Valley School.
  • Over 50%

    of Valley School students currently receive Tuition Within Reach support.
Under Tuition Within Reach, Valley School will offer a range of tuition rates, charging a level of tuition that is customized to each family’s ability to contribute to educational expenses. Tuition rates are based on factors influencing a family’s financial circumstances, including but not limited to income, assets, expenses and family size. For some families, full tuition may be the best fit for their financial situation.
Full tuition for the 2023-2024 school year is $17,460.

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  • Activity & Material Fees Vary by Grade Level:

    • Kindergarten $125
    • Grade 1: $125
    • Grade 2: $170
    • Grade 3: $170
    • Grade 4: $270
    • Grade 5: $420
    • Grade 6: $720
    • Grade 7: $820
    • Grade 8: $940
Busing to Valley School is available from many local communities, including Ligonier, Latrobe, Greensburg, Mount Pleasant, Johnstown, and Somerset. Transportation costs vary based on the school district within which a family resides. Valley School charges a fee of $1,310 per year to offset the cost of transportation provided by the school.

Included in the cost of tuition is a daily snack and home-cooked, family-style lunch.  Families should budget for some out-of-pocket expenses beyond what is billed by the school.  These vary based on grade level and may include uniforms, school supplies, sports clothing and equipment, performing arts items, and optional extracurricular materials. 

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Who qualifies for Tuition Within Reach?

    Tuition Within Reach is designed to help families feel less stretched in affording an independent school education, viewing tuition as a long-term investment and a sustainable expense within a family’s budget. All families interested in exploring Tuition Within Reach as an option should contact the school for more information. Currently enrolled families interested in applying for Tuition Within Reach should contact the Business Office for more information, while prospective and newly enrolled families should contact the Admissions Office.

    In the 2023-24 school year, over 50% of enrolled students qualified for Tuition Within Reach.
  • How do we apply for Tuition Within Reach?

    In order to determine a family’s best-fit rate of tuition, Valley School partners with School & Student Services (SSS), a third-party processing company used by many independent schools. Families interested in applying for Tuition Within Reach complete a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online through the SSS Family Portal. The PFS will gather relevant financial information about your family to support Valley School in determining the Tuition Within Reach rate that best fits your family.

    Families may complete the PFS online at https://sssandtadsfa.force.com/familyportal/.
  • When do we apply for Tuition Within Reach?

    The application deadline for 2024-25 will be announced in early winter.

    While currently enrolled families must apply for Tuition Within Reach annually, a similar tuition rate can be expected from year to year unless there are significant changes to income or assets.

Valley School of Ligonier

Address: 153 Lupine Lane, Rector PA 15677
Mail: PO Box 616 Ligonier, PA 15658
Phone: (724) 238-6652  Fax: (724) 238-6838
In an environment that is safe, challenging, nurturing, and disciplined, Valley School provides a balanced and strong program of study for a diverse group of children. Our goal is to stimulate in each young person lifelong habits of moral behavior, seeking wisdom, and doing good works for others.
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