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Tuition & Admissions

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for students in grades K-12 for the 2024-2025 school year:

1st Child: $9,600

2nd Child: $9,120

3rd Child: $8,664

4th Child: $8,230

Other annual fees include: book fee, insurance fee, sports fee (if participating), and a bus fee (if applicable). 

Parents may apply for a reduction in fee by completing the application and submitting it by the due date in May. Tuition reduction applications may be obtained from the Business Office of The Tome School.

Tuition Assistance

Need-based tuition assistance is available. Approximately one third of Tome School students receive some level of assistance.

Tuition Assistance Application 2024-2025

Click here to download & print instructions and a tuition assistance application.

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Additional Information

For more information about tuition assistance, please contact Rich Rand​ in the Business Office at Tome at 410-287-2050

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We want you to take care in choosing the right school for your children. Tome is a special place, an environment that is small, close, and nurturing. Visit us first. If Tome feels right for your family, then we can embark on the application process. Your children will apply, shadow students in their grade-level, and take our placement test. Tuition assistance is available.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants K-12 must complete an application for admission and submit an application fee. Students in grades 1-12 are asked to submit the following supplemental material:


Two years of report cards or transcripts


Two teacher recommendations


Essay (grades 5-12 only)

An admissions evaluation will be scheduled for each prospective student. When we receive your application, we will contact you to schedule an evaluation.

If you would like more information about Tome School, but aren’t ready to apply, please click the button below to complete an Inquiry form. Someone from the Admissions team will contact you shortly!

Our Admissions Process

Tome School is a very special place. The goal of our admissions process, including our admissions testing and requirements, is to make sure that our school is the perfect fit for your child and family. Our admissions testing process varies based on the grade level of your student, and helps us to determine if your child’s academic and social skills are a good match for our positive, challenging learning environment.

Kindergarten and First Grade

Kindergarten candidates must be 5 years old by September 1st of the upcoming school year. The ideal Kindergarten candidate is the child who is ready to begin reading. You will be asked to bring your child to the school office where they will be met by one of our kindergarten teachers. Your child will then accompany the teacher to a kindergarten classroom where they will be evaluated for reading readiness through some play-like “testing.” Since Tome’s kindergarten program is an academic program designed to teach our students to read using a phonics-based curriculum, it is essential that the children we accept are ready to learn phonics when they arrive at the school. Not all children are ready for such an academic program at age 5. We would rather defer acceptance for a year to allow your child to develop their readiness skills rather than accept them into a program that causes frustration. We want your child to be successful and to love school!

Grades 2—5

Admissions testing for children entering grades 2 through 5 is done on a case by case basis. The student will spend a day at school in their current grade where they will perform classwork alongside their peers. At some point, they will be pulled out of the self-contained classroom to take some admissions testing (mainly math and reading comprehension). Parents will receive a letter within two weeks with the results of the ‘shadow’ day.

Grades 6—12

Students in grades 6-12 submit a writing sample, and complete an online assessment in reading and math. Prospective students spend an entire day attending classes with their peers. If applying for grade 9, they will spend part of the day in our Upper School visiting 9th grade classes, and part of the day with 8th grade to get to know their peers. This enables the prospective student to get a feel for a typical day at The Tome School and helps our faculty get a better idea of how the student will fit in. After the shadow day, parents are sent a letter with an admissions decision.