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Our Philosophy

The New Amsterdam School values and actively seeks a student body reflecting the ethnic, racial, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity of our Downtown community.  Our program of tuition assistance supports this diversity by making New Amsterdam more accessible to families of varying economic backgrounds. We are truly committed to our tuition assistance program and invite families to apply.

Early Childhood Tuition Schedule for the 2017-18 academic year

  • Silver Maple Two’s: $8,800
  • Sugar Maple Two’s: $5,800
  • Willow and Juniper Mixed Aged Kindergartens: $24,200

Grade School Tuition Schedule for the 2017-18 academic year

  • Tier 1  : $25,000
  • Tier 2  : $18,500
  • Tier 3  : $12,000

As a guideline, applicants who earn $125,000 a year or less can expect to qualify for Tier 3 and pay $12,000 in tuition. Applicants who earn approximately $125,000-175,000 per year can expect to qualify for Tier 2 and pay $18,500 per year in tuition. Applicants earning more than $175,000 per year can expect to pay the full tuition of $25,000 (Tier 1). Please note we will also consider a family’s debt and assets when determining tier qualifications.

We aim to simplify our TA process, and to broadcast a workable tuition for a greater number of people who want to partake of all the many wonderful things that New Amsterdam has to offer, including: a unique home-like environment with excellent, committed teachers, a superior level of academic instruction, one-on-one instruction as needed, music, cello, art, Japanese language, and so much more.

We will continue taking information via the Tads Tuition Assessment service, but the tiered tuition model will greatly simplify the process, giving families the chance to know fees in advance.

Tuition Assistance Policies

All tuition assistance at the New Amsterdam School is need-based, and amounts awarded are based solely on demonstrated financial need.  Admission decisions are made separately from decisions regarding tuition assistance.

While we are committed to dedicating a share of our annual budget to needs-based support, New Amsterdam also recognizes that the primary responsibility for financing a student’s independent school education rests with his or her family.  As a result, the School is not in a financial position to support lifestyle choices that have a negative impact on a family’s ability to pay tuition.  We expect all parents to contribute honestly toward tuition, including seeking employment to help defray school costs.

Awards are determined by the Tuition Assistance Committee (TAC), a small, experienced group appointed by the Board.  In determining awards, the Committee relies upon the expected family contribution as calculated by the TADS Financial Aid Assessment Service, the family’s submitted tax returns, and any special financial considerations communicated by the family.  Final aid decisions are based on thorough assessment of the family’s needs and the budgeted funds available.  There is always a greater demand for aid than there are resources.

The range of need-based tuition is generally between 5% – 35% and awards can go up to 50% through the appeal process.  Tuition assistance must be applied for annually.  While we cannot guarantee the same level of financial support beyond any single year, the goal is to continue offering an award consistent with a family’s demonstrated need whenever possible.

Information related to tuition assistance is kept in strict confidence, and children receiving assistance are not held to different standards. We allocate tuition assistance systematically, with priority given to returning children, followed by new children. Please note that in order to be considered for tuition assistance, the payment of open tuition balances must be current. Families requesting need-based support are not required to make a binding commitment to New Amsterdam until a decision has been reached regarding their tuition assistance application.

Tuition Assistance Checklist

The deadline for submitting all required items, as outlined below, is December 1st for families currently in the school.

New families are encouraged to apply for tuition assistance within two weeks of submitting their application for admission. The final deadline for TA consideration for new families is January 15th. 

To apply for tuition assistance:

Submit an online tuition assistance form to TADS.  It must be completed by both of the student’s parents or guardians. Please find the link below:



  • Click on the “apply for financial aid” link
  • Search for New Amsterdam School by selecting “New York” from the drop-down list of states, “New York” from the drop-down list of cities, and finally “New Amsterdam School” from the drop-down list of schools.
  • Fill out the required fields
  • Upload copies of all tax forms and supporting documents used in completing the Financial Aid Assessment directly to TADS.
  • Pay a processing fee to TADS.
  • Submit a copy of your completed Financial Aid Assessment Form and a written explanation of any special circumstances you would like us to consider to New Amsterdam School, Attn: Tuition Assistance Committee, 62 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009.  Please include information about other financial resources regularly assisting with payment of tuition.