Tuition & Aid

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Your choice to invest now will pay off for life. Post Oak students get noticed.

When our students go out into the world on trips or for service work, we often hear back how impressed our hosts were with the students’ work ethic, their questions, and their creative solutions to problems. What is the Post Oak difference? It’s the ability to nurture the intrinsic qualities of an individual, which are not always cultivated by traditional institutions. Our students are allowed to be curious, creative, daring, and do more, dive deeper, and explore to their heart’s content. We think it’s worth it.

Tuition 2019–2020

Young Children's Community

14 months to 3 years old
Program Hours Cost
Half-Day YCC 8:35 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. $17,821
Full-Day YCC 8:35 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $22,342
with Before-Care *7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $25,094
with After-Care *8:35 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. $27,617
with both Before- and After-Care *7:00 a.m. to 5/6:00 p.m. $29,343

* Before- and/or After-Care contracts include Spring Break and conference-day care. Please consult your expanded school year calendar for specific days.


Students 3 to 6 years old
Program Hours Cost
Half-Day Primary 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. $17,821
Full-Day Primary 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. $22,342
with Before-Care *7:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. $25,094
with After-Care *8:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. $27,617
with both Before- and After-Care *7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. $29,343

* Before- and/or After-Care contracts include Spring Break and conference-day care. Please consult your expanded school year calendar for specific days.

Elementary, Middle School, & High School

Program Hours Cost
Lower Elementary (Grades 1–3) 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $22,603
Upper Elementary (Grades 4–6) 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $24,819
Elementary Before-Care* 7:00 to 8:15 a.m. $110/mo.
Elementary After-Care* 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. $275/mo.
Middle School (Grades 7 & 8) 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $25,122
Middle School Before-Care* 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. $65/mo.
Middle School After-Care 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. $165/mo.
High School (Grades 9–12) 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $28,785

* Before and After-Care includes Spring Break and conference-day care. Please consult your expanded school year calendar for specific days.

Additional Fees

Description Cost
Application fee (non-refundable, for new applicant) $100
Registration fee (non-refundable, for returning students) $75
New student fee (one-time, non-refundable, due with contract) $500
Lower Elementary activity fees $125
Upper Elementary activity fees $1,125
Middle School activity fees $3,500
High School activity fees $3,500

Tuition refund insurance

  • Optional for Plan 1 payment plan
  • Required with Plan 2 payment plan
  • Required for all High School students new to The Post Oak School
2.5% of tuition


Financial Assistance

The Post Oak School devotes 11% of our budget to need-based financial assistance for current and prospective families. Parents must file a confidential financial statement that includes disclosure of tax information.

Our Approach

  1. Continue support for families currently receiving assistance.

  2. Provide funds that enable families already enrolled in the school to stay with the school in the event of changing personal finances.

  3. Consider all other requests.

Within this context, preference is given in the distribution of financial assistance to students in the Elementary, Middle School, and High School levels to permit the development of a richly diverse student population by making The Post Oak School accessible to students from varying economic backgrounds and to allow for the continued enrollment of students whose families experience economic reversals arising from events such as loss of a job, divorce, or sudden medical issues.

The Process

Parents must file an application with SSS (School and Student Services), an outside agency that makes recommendations to schools for financial assistance.

There are three components to the financial aid process:

  1. Completion and submission of the online financial aid application.

  2. Submission of 2019 income tax return to SSS. Please plan to file your 2019 tax return prior to March 6, 2020, if you wish to be considered for financial aid. In order to be considered, we require the full 2019 tax return, including all related W-2s, 1099s, and K-1. We also require a 4506-T form. Please contact the chief financial officer, Kelly Vaughn, if you have questions.

  3. Prepare and send a letter to our head of school, Maura Joyce, with the specific amount of aid requested.

All three requirements must be completed before the application can be considered.

Parents who are separated, divorced, re-married, or have never been married must each separately complete a financial aid application and submit a copy of their 2019 tax return.

The agency returns its assessment to the school. All forms filed by the deadline will be considered as a group by the Financial Assistance Committee. Awards will be announced by mid-April.

Parents must respond in writing by the date requested in the financial aid award letter if they wish to accept the school’s offer. After this date, the school considers the offer declined and the funds will be reallocated. Any forms filed after the deadline will be considered after other awards have been made.

Each year a family must reapply for financial assistance. Awards are based on the relative need of families that have applied and on the funds available. While the school will make every effort to maintain financial assistance levels from year to year, conditions may change, so one year’s award is not a guaranty of awards in subsequent years.

The Autrey Scholars Program

Merit scholarships at The Post Oak School for High School and Middle School students

The Autrey Scholars Programs awards merit scholarships to students with a clearly defined interest or well-developed talent in the arts or sciences and encourages them to enroll or continue in Post Oak’s High School program. Merit scholarships will also be awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance while maintaining extracurricular athletics, internship, employment, or community service.

Are Autrey scholarships need-based?

Autrey Scholarships are not need-based and are awarded on interest, talent, or academic promise. Students awarded Autrey Scholarships remain eligible to apply for need-based financial assistance. For need-based financial assistance, see above.

Who is eligible?

All current and applying students at Post Oak’s Middle School and High School are invited to apply.

Once awarded, the Autrey Scholarships will be renewed from year to year so long as the student remains in good standing. This will be confirmed through review of the student’s records by the head of school, Middle and High School directors, and chief financial officer. Students need not re-apply.

How much is the award?

Autrey Scholarships range from $1,000 to $4,000 per individual, per year.

How do I apply?

To apply for an Autrey Scholars award, the student submits a letter to the head of school detailing the special work, interest, or talent that the student brings to Post Oak. This letter should include how the student has worked to develop this interest or talent over time and a variety of evidence that supports the work. The student may include any media that support the application.

The application letter must be submitted by March 6, 2020, to be considered in the first round for the upcoming academic year.

How are scholarships awarded?

Submitted letters are reviewed by the head of school and the Autrey Scholarship committee. A rubric is used to determine eligibility, and amounts are awarded in priority order from highest to lowest grade. Middle School students are encouraged to apply and will be awarded scholarships after qualifying High School awards have been distributed.

The Autrey scholarship fund is a limited amount of funding set aside annually. Applicant letters are ranked according to both the eligibility rubric and the grade level. There is no guarantee of an award.