a co-ed, independent, inclusion school for grades k-12+

Affording IDEAL: The Standard Program

At IDEAL, we believe that socioeconomic diversity is a strength, and we seek a school community that reflects the larger New York City community. To achieve that, we have developed several ways for families to afford an IDEAL education, regardless of income level. 

Standard Program Tuition 
For the 2021-22 school year, the tuition for IDEAL’s K-12 Standard Program is $49,070. The full cost of books, computers/tablets, field trips, and lunch is included in the annual tuition. The following options are available to help prospective families of various income levels afford an IDEAL Standard Program tuition: 

  • Financial Aid
    IDEAL is committed to a generous tuition assistance program that enables all families to apply to the Standard Program, regardless of ability to afford the tuition. Financial aid is based on a family’s demonstrated need.

    Families applying to the Standard Program who are interested in applying for financial assistance should use the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS), a service of NAIS. The SSS code for The IDEAL School of Manhattan is 4255. Requests for financial aid must be received as soon as possible. Need-based grants are offered to qualifying families through our financial aid application process. Applicants must submit the SSS application and the previous year’s completed federal tax return. Applications are assessed individually and requests for continuance must be filed annually. A family’s income, expenses, debts, and assets will all be taken into account during the financial aid process. Financial aid awards may be awarded to families at any income level. Admission to IDEAL and financial aid packages are decided separately, but notification of each will be included in a family’s acceptance letter. Questions about financial aid should be directed to Finance Director Margaret Conklin at mconklin@theidealschool.org.
  • Scholarships
    IDEAL is built upon the principles of Inclusion​, Diversity​, Excellence​, Acceptance​, and Leadership​. These core values constitute the foundation of our school mission and shape our philosophy for teaching and learning. The IDEAL School awards two types of merit scholarships for students who demonstrate a unique connection to, passion for, or ability to contribute toward one or more of these core values.
    • The IDEAL Scholarship 
      The IDEAL Scholarship is a partial tuition scholarship that is awarded to incoming IDEAL students. All applicants to IDEAL’s Standard Program for Grades K-8 are eligible for The IDEAL Scholarship, regardless of income level. For the 2021-22 school year, The IDEAL Scholarship will cover 75% of tuition. 

      We recognize that affording an IDEAL education can be a challenge for many families, including some who do not qualify for financial aid. For some families who receive financial aid, the outstanding tuition obligation can also present a challenge. Because true socioeconomic diversity represents families across a broad spectrum of income levels, all prospective students are eligible for The IDEAL Scholarship, irrespective of need. The IDEAL Scholarship can also be combined with a financial aid award to offset tuition costs.  

      IDEAL Scholars are selected by IDEAL admissions personnel on an annual basis based on information acquired during the admissions process. Information regarding the criteria used in the selection process can be found here. The IDEAL Scholarship renews annually until the recipient graduates from Grade 8, as long as the recipient continues to meet the school’s academic and community standards. 
    • The Open Door Scholarship 
      The Open Door Scholarship is a full scholarship that supports students currently enrolled in the Standard Program whose families could not otherwise afford an IDEAL education. The Open Door Scholarship is awarded to students in Grades 2-8 who have been enrolled at IDEAL for at least three years, who have demonstrated a unique commitment to or passion for one or more of the school’s core values, and whose families have demonstrated financial need.

      Open Door Scholars are nominated and selected internally by IDEAL faculty and administration on an annual basis, and there is no application process. 

For more information about scholarships at IDEAL, please contact the admissions department at admissions@theidealschool.org.

The IDEAL School of Manhattan does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, ethnic origin, age, disability or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial assistance, and other school-administered programs.