Tuition & Affordability

A Sacred Heart education is an investment in your daughter's future.

Woodlands Academy is committed to providing a diverse educational and social experience for our students. Economic and cultural diversity enhances academic performance, promotes social awareness, and is critical to sustaining a healthy school culture.

Indexed tuition supports our commitment to making this exceptional education accessible to families across a wide range of economic circumstances. Among our families are those who can afford tuition at the top of the index, $27,700, and whose philanthropic generosity provides a vital component of annual operating expenses to those families who contribute along the middle to lower range of the index based on their specific financial circumstances. Each family is an integral part of our community.

Indexed tuition enables families to pay tuition across a spectrum ranging from their indexed level, a percentage of max tuition, up to WA’s full tuition investment of $27,700. Indexed tuition contributions will be determined in partnership with SSS, a trusted third party financial evaluator and are based on an individual family’s economic profile.


I truly cannot express with words how much I value my Woodlands education: I have been vigorously challenged by my academic studies, culturally enlightened and enriched through the global focus of Woodlands, and have become a more resilient and confident young woman. Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart has allowed me to find my voice.Elizabeth '17

2017-2018 Tuition & Fees

Day Student Max Tuition: $27,700

5 Day Boarding Student Tuition, Room & Board: $44,630

7 Day Boarding Student Tuition, Room & Board: $51,400

Additional Fees

  • General Fee: $1,800*
  • Learning Program: $8,000
  • ESL Program I, II, III: $5,200

*This is an inclusive fee that covers many items for which we previously billed separately. Among these are fee for field trips, technology and graduation.

Indexed Tuition Levels

These examples include a few of the factors considered and are only illustrations of possible scenarios.

Max tuition does not cover the full cost of a transformative Woodlands education

Every family’s tuition is indexed to some degree; the highest tuition rate does not completely cover the full cost of educating a student, therefore, every family is expected to contribute to the cost of tuition and fees at the level commensurate with their financial circumstances.

Indexed Tuition FAQ

How is the tuition level determined?

Woodlands uses the services of SSS, a secure third-party organization to collect, process and to provide a baseline evaluation of the families' financial information.
The major components that define the indexed tuition range include total income, assets, family size, unusual expenses, the number of tuitions currently being supported, and other discretionary costs.

The school's Indexed Tuition Committee then considers all these factors and any additional unique circumstances for each family in determining the index tuition level.

Who Can Apply for Indexed Tuition?

Any student who submits an application for admission, or any current student, is eligible to apply for indexed tuition. Although we try to accommodate as many families as possible, in a given school year, the number of students whose families are eligible may exceed the school's indexed tuition budget. Requests for indexed tuition do not affect admission decisions or a current student’s place in the school community.

How do we apply?

Click the Indexed Tuition Application Link which will take you to the NAIS, National Association of Independent Schools, SSS, School and Student Services, secure site. The following documents will be required as part of the application process: the parents’ 2016 IRS 1040 Tax Return with all schedules, statements and W-2 forms are due December 31, 2017.

Please note that 2017 IRS 1040 Tax Return with all schedules, statements and W-2 forms are due April 1, 2017.

Is there a cost associated with the application process for indexed tuition?

A processing fee of $48 will be required to submit your financial information application with SSS.

When will we find out the tuition determination for our family?

For currently enrolled families who are eligible for indexed tuition, the deadline for submitting an application and supporting documentation for consideration is December 31. Indexed Tuition notifications for these applications will be sent out by February 15. For new applicants to WA, tuition levels will be indicated on the enrollment contracts.

Might our submission of indexed tuition materials impact the admission process for my daughter?

Determination of tuition levels is a separate function from the admission process and will not impact your daughter’s eligibility for acceptance in any way.

Does indexed tuition continue throughout a student's years at WA?

If family circumstances remain the same and the school's resources can continue to support indexed tuition to the same extent, WA intends for a family to pay an indexed tuition throughout the student’s years at WA. It should be noted that families must resubmit financial information each year, however.

How does separation or divorce affect the index tuition process?

WA expects both parents to participate in the support of their child at school. Therefore, noncustodial parents are expected to be included in the application process for indexed tuition. It is the responsibility of the custodial parent to request the appropriate forms be provided to WA by the noncustodial parent.

What if one of the parents remarries?

Woodlands Academy considers the income and assets of any adult who plays a significant role in a student’s life. Therefore, financial information will be required of all adults involved in the applicant’s life

We only have one parent working; does this affect our eligibility for indexed tuition?

Each case is individual, and WA recognizes this. For example, the indexed tuition committee will add a full-time income for a parent able but not currently working. Of course, if one parent is at home caring for a pre-school aged child, elderly parent, or an ill or disabled child the committee will give that careful consideration.