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Tuition & Value
Education is an investment...
Although Pingry tuition ranges from $34,929 to $40,981, the average cost of educating a Pingry student is actually much higher, around $43,900. The resulting gap is closed by revenue from the endowment and generous gifts to The Pingry Fund, which faculty, alumni, students and parents help support. Why is tuition what it is?
We are committed to...
- attracting, retaining, and developing the highest quality faculty.
- maintaining top-notch facilities and resources.
- keeping class sizes to 16 at the Lower School, 14 in the Middle School, and 13 in the Upper School.
- offering a breadth of programming (university-caliber labs, vocal classes, 80 different sports teams, five world languages, over 60 student clubs, more than 50 annual music and theater performances each year, and the list continues).
- providing rich, co-curricular experiences outside the classroom, from community and civic engagement and global education opportunities, to field trips and non-traditional learning environments, such as our outdoor classroom, gardens, and campsite.
This tuition rivals the average cost of private college tuition, and it’s a BIG commitment. We understand. And we can help.
We are dedicated to attracting students from a broad range of economic backgrounds and to ensuring that a Pingry education is available to all families, regardless of their ability to pay. Financial assistance is offered through several vehicles, including different payment plans and need-based financial aid. These mechanisms enable us to meet the full, demonstrated need of a family—the difference between what a family can pay and the total cost of attendance—because we believe deeply that a Pingry education is an investment, in your child and our future.
The returns are immense...
- Instruction by highly accomplished faculty, 73% of whom have earned at least a master’s degree.
- Top-notch coaching staff, 50% of whom are also faculty.
- Relevant, realistic exposure to the world of science and research through a combination of core curriculum, elective courses, state-of-the-art science labs that rival—in some cases even, surpass—that of many colleges and universities, and extracurricular experiences such as the Waksman Student Scholars Program, the S.M.A.R.T. Team Program, the IRT Independent Research Team, Journal Club, and the Introduction to Research Design and Methods elective course.
- Access to 61 K-12 arts classes, taught entirely by faculty who are practicing artists.
- Access to five world languages in the Middle and Upper Schools, from Mandarin Chinese 1A through seventh-year, post-AP Advanced Spanish Literature and Composition.
- Access to 17 Honors courses, five Advanced Topics courses, and 18 AP courses.
- Real-world course offerings in public speaking, financial literacy, computer programming, research skills, and emotional intelligence.
- A capstone experience called the Independent Senior Project, a self-designed learning project that students undertake outside of the classroom during the final five weeks of their senior year.
- Global travel opportunities for students wishing to study abroad.
- A college application process that begins with seven dedicated college counselors, each of whom has close relationships with colleges and universities across the nation.
- A process that pairs each Pingry family with a dedicated counselor who is available for unlimited individual meetings with students and parents.
- A thoughtful, personalized approach to college applications that includes a fall retreat, where seniors workshop their essays while roasting s’mores.
- A college list that includes 117 different universities to which 2014-2017 Pingry graduates have matriculated.
- A college matriculation rate (to four-year colleges) of 100%.
The benefits are immeasurable...
At Pingry, our goal is for every single graduate to leave our halls with critical life skills, and we feel these enduring outcomes are just as important, if not even more so, than college stats, test scores, and transcripts. Every Pingry experience is designed to cultivate these underlying traits.
- Creativity and curiosity – Our students embrace an active life of the mind and take risks both inside and outside the classroom.
- Concern – Our students understand how their language and conduct affect others and develop their talents, not only for themselves, but also for the greater community.
- Communication – Our students develop a sense of voice and audience, develop a capacity for collaboration, acknowledge the importance of different viewpoints, and recognize the vital link between communication and leadership.
- Collaboration – Our students are part of a community where collaboration is intentional and integral to every aspect of our program. Working with others, their learning expands exponentially and transforms their educational experience into an interactive, fun, and rewarding exploration of possibilities.
- Conscientiousness – Our students learn to frame intellectual problems with clarity and coherence and draw plausible conclusions based on empirical evidence.
- Compassion – Our students gain an understanding of our Honor Code, which stresses integrity and truthfulness, helping them to navigate successfully in our morally complex world.
- Connection — Whether it’s your best friend or your future boss, the Pingry community connects--and remains connected--well beyond graduation. Alumni become part of an active community of over 6,500 alumni (some 700 of whom return to Pingry each year for Reunion). Thanks to the efforts of our dedicated Alumni Relations Team, this extended family routinely gathers for networking and social events, at Pingry and all over the country.
Basking Ridge campus: $1,378; Short Hills campus: $1,378
All students in grades one through twelve participate in the school lunch program. These tuition and lunch fees are for the 2019-20 academic year only. Pingry's Board of Trustees establishes new rates each winter for the following academic year. The above fees include a non-refundable $3,000 enrollment deposit.
Can include, but are not limited to:
Lower School (Grades K-5):
Books, supplies and physical education uniform (Grades 3-5 only): estimated range of costs: $150 - $600.
The Lower School also offers before- and after- school care with costs ranging from $200 - $1,400 per trimester depending upon frequency of use.
Middle and Upper Schools (Grades 6-12):
Books, supplies, laptop, and athletic apparel and equipment: estimated range of costs $800 - $2,500, depending on the student's level and type of involvement.
We are pleased to continue our partnership with Smart Tuition to provide families with increased features and options relating to tuition billing and payment.
For 2018-2019, three payment options are available to you:
- pay tuition and fees in full by August 1, 2018,
- pay in two installments: 70% paid by August 1, 2018 and the remainder by January 15, 2019, or
- a ten-month payment plan, paying 15% of tuition and fees for each of the first five months with the first payment due by May 1, 2018, and 5% of tuition and fees for each of the remaining five months.
In addition, our partnership with Smart Tuition will give families additional options for managing their accounts, including:
- a choice of paper or paperless invoicing,
- a wider choice of payment methods including paper check, direct debit, and credit card, either as one-time or automatically recurring payments,
- the ability to access their account 24 hours a day, either via a live customer service representative or electronically via computer or mobile device.
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