Tuition and Fees

2021-2022 Tuition and Fees

Heritage believes strongly that all children would benefit from a high-quality Christian education. Because of this mission to provide Christian education to as many students as possible, the school efficiently utilizes its resources to keep tuition costs down for families. Heritage Christian School is among the most affordable private schools in Pierce County -- on average, tuition at Heritage is approximately $2,840 less per year than other local private elementary schools, and $3,200 less per year than other local private secondary schools. (Scroll to the bottom of the page to view a comparison  chart.)

New Student Testing Fee:  $50 for testing/screening of students new to HCS. The fee is non-refundable and must accompany Application for Admission.

Registration Fee: This is an annual fee that reserves a student's seat in a class, covers the costs of registration, record keeping, and essential classroom supplies. Registration fees are $325/elementary student (PK-5); $425/secondary student (6-8); and a family maximum registration fee of $925 per family, regardless of the total number of students enrolling.

Registration fee must accompany Applications for Admission. The registration fee incorporates all costs except optional Athletics fee for Middle School students; that is, there are no other fees outside of monthly tuition and registration fee (i.e. no computer fees, fundraising fees, textbook fees, et al.).  Registration fees are non-refundable unless the student is not accepted for enrollment at HCS.

Tuition:  Many private schools charge tuition on 11 or 12 month schedules. Tuition at Heritage is based on a 10-month schedule (Sept. - June).  There is no refund for absences or for days when the school is unable to operate due to weather or other reasons; nor is tuition reduced during months of fewer days (e.g. December despite a two-week Christmas break). There is a $50 late fee for tuition that goes unpaid for more than a month. All unpaid tuition and fees must be paid in full before students may begin a new school year at HCS. At the end of the school year, report cards will be withheld for unpaid fees, fines, or tuition. Please contact the school office at 253.564.6276 with any questions.

Military Discount: In recognition of the sacrifices made by the US Armed Forces, families where either the father or mother is an active member of the US Armed Forces may receive a 10% discount on tuition. Discount does not apply to testing fee, registration, or other fees.

Ministry Discount: Families where either the father or mother is involved in formal, full-time, Christian ministry may receive a 15% discount on tuition. Discount does not apply to testing fee, registration, or other fees.

Tuition Assistance: Because the school utilizes its resources to keep tuition affordable, and because annual tuition at Heritage is already less than other private Christian schools in the area, limited tuition assistance is available for families. Please contact the school office at 253.564.6276 to discuss further.

Monthly Tuition  
1st child 725
2nd 620
3rd 515
4th 515
Grades 6-8
1st child 805
2nd 685
3rd 570
Rates above assume a 10-month payment cycle

Pre-K Rates

Monthly Tuition 
5 Full Days 770
5 Half Days 470
3 Full Days 530
3 Half Days 350

Rates above assume a 10-month payment cycle

Registration Fees

Additionally, the non-refundable registration fees for 2021-2022 are shown in the table below.  Please note that the registration fees include all additional fees except for Athletics Fees (which are optional).

  Annual Registration 
Elementary (PreK-5) 325/student
Middle (6-8) 425/student
Maximum 925/family

**Both registration paperwork and fees must be submitted to secure your spot for the school year.


The chart below shows a comparison of Heritage’s annual tuition rates for one elementary student and one middle school student against the 2021-2022 tuition rates of other local private schools in this area:

Heritage 20/21Life  Christian Cascade Christian Concordia Lutheran Tacoma Baptist Light-
Elementary $7250 $11,020 $10,850 $9,923 $7,930 $10,000
Secondary $8050 $12,650 $12,300 $10,794 $9,110 $10,700

As you can see, on average, our tuition rates are $2840 less expensive at grades K-5 compared to other Christian schools; and our rates are over $3200 less expensive on average than other Christian Middle Schools.  Less expensive does not mean less value.  Heritage students are well grounded in Biblical truth, engaged in rigorous academics that help them consistently score in the top 20% of the nation, and are continually engaged by a staff that seeks to holistically disciple each student.

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