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Financial Aid

Sycamore School offers need-based financial assistance toward tuition.

Parents choose Sycamore because they want the best possible education for their intellectually gifted child. We recognize that choosing an independent school means making a significant financial decision. As an independent school, though, we must charge tuition in order to provide what makes Sycamore so special—an outstanding curriculum; differentiated academic programs; dedicated and caring teachers; vibrant arts and athletics programs; and more.

Since giftedness is not confined to children of a particular socioeconomic status, we offer need-based financial assistance, which is based on an assessment of a family’s financial situation and determination of the family’s demonstrated ability to pay.

Grants of financial aid are not intended to cover all of the cost of attending Sycamore, but we make every effort to provide assistance where financial need has been clearly identified. In fact, Sycamore awards approximately $1 million in assistance to approximately 20% of our students. As such, we encourage all interested families to apply for need-based financial assistance.

Sycamore is proud to use the Clarity Application to determine a family’s level of financial need based on the information that families share in the application, which includes assets, income, expenses, and debts. 


Financial Aid Timetable

August – Financial aid application available for submission by Interested families
February 1 – Deadline for applying for financial aid
Early March – Award notices sent to families

How to Apply

To get started, go to the Clarity Application and create an account. The application typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete. It is also mobile-friendly, so you can complete it from anywhere, and you are also able to save your progress and return at any time. At the end of the application, there is a $60 fee to submit, and you can share your application with additional schools that accept the Clarity Application for no additional charge. Simply use the dropdown menu in the application to select those schools.

If you need support during the process of completing your application, there is in-app support available through the “Help” button in the bottom left of the screen, as well as email and phone support at support@claritytuition.com or 206-210-3752, in both English and Spanish. The application itself is also fully translated into Spanish.

For additional information about financial aid and/or for answers to questions you have about financial aid, contact Patrick Juday, Chief Financial Officer.


Your child must have been offered admission to Sycamore School before financial aid is considered. Award notices usually are sent to families in early March. If documents are missing from the application, a contingent award will be sent to the family. No award will be finalized until all documents required by the school have been received and verified satisfactorily. Families must return a signed acceptance of the award by the deadline indicated on the award notice (usually within about 7 days).

Family Disclosure Responsibility

If the Financial Aid Committee becomes aware that a family or applicant knowingly failed to disclose significant income or assets, or otherwise knowingly provided inaccurate information on a financial aid application, Sycamore School reserves the right to rescind some or all of the financial aid award.

Confidentiality Statement

Sycamore School will treat all financial information provided by families in the strictest of confidence. Only the Financial Aid Committee and appropriate administrative personnel will have access to this information.



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