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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the tuition for 2017-2018?

Upper School


($15,700 for grade 12 which includes the graduation fee)

+ $250.00 activities/materials fee

Middle School


+ $250.00 activities/materials fee

Lower School (grades 3-5)


+ $250.00 activities/materials fee

Lower School (grades K-2 *full day kindergarten)


+ $250.00 activities/materials fee

Academic half-day kindergarten

$ 4,000

+ $250.00 activities/materials fee

Family Rate:

$ 1,000 less for second child

Tuition assistance is available. The cost of books is included. The Avalon School has introduced a tuition payment plan for those families who wish to make their tuition payments over as much as a 10-month period. Call the school for more information.

Does Avalon provide transportation?

A courtesy van is available daily to and from the Shady Grove Metro Station, picking up students in the morning at 8:15 am and departing the school at 3:40 pm. Van service to and from, Kensington (Brookewood School) and Wheaton (Glenmont Metro) is available for an annual fee.

Is Avalon a Catholic school?

As of July 1, 2010, The Avalon School officially became a Catholic school. As an independent Catholic school, it will remain responsible for its own governance, academic quality, day-to-day operations and finances, while also meeting the Catholic identity standards established by the archdiocese.

Is The Avalon School accredited?

The Avalon School currently holds certification from the Maryland Department of Education after completing a comprehensive evaluation.

Are Avalon students required to wear a uniform?

No, but there is a dress code. Students are required to wear dress shirts, dress pants with belt, dress shoes, and a tie. High school students must wear a sport coat. We believe that school is the training ground for professional life and students should dress accordingly.

Avalon is a new school; how is it funded?

The Avalon School is an independent school, hence it does not receive fiscal support from any federal, state, county or local government. However, we have received substantial contributions and pledges from a number of generous people, and we are actively seeking support from foundations and corporations. In addition, we rely on the generosity of people who believe that additional schools are needed in Montgomery County that offer a challenging liberal arts education in a masculine setting. If you or someone you know can help, please contact school president, Richard McPherson, or our director of development, Ellen Clifford.

What is the average class size?

As a general rule, class size does not exceed 18 students. We prefer that the Lower School (grades K-5) be capped at 15 students per class.

How do you handle learning differences?

Learning differences are handled on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the parents and any educational consultants with whom they are working. Small class size allows for greater individual attention. Teachers are available after school each day for extra help. Extra time may be granted on tests. If appropriate, a course may be substituted by a study hall or supplemental work with a tutor. Faculty meetings and workshops also address these issues.

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