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Age 3 through 8th grade


Investing in the best possible start for your child’s education is invaluable. The critical early years are when students become inspired to learn and motivated to succeed, and important study, social and emotional skills are established. The investment in an Independence education pays off. With a reputation for being well-prepared, Independence graduates are accepted into their top choices for high school, and many receive generous scholarships.

What makes an Independence education a valuable investment? Jenn K., the proud mother of three recent Indy alumnae, shares how the Indy experience helped her daughters to each build a foundation, find what they love and excel.

FINANCIAL AID & scholarships

Making Independence affordable to those who wish to attend remains an important goal. We are fortunate to be able to provide tuition assistance for students with demonstrated need through our Financial Aid Program.

Financial Aid is available for students in Early Childhood I through eighth grade, and all awards are distributed in a fair and equitable manner. As a reminder, you must reapply each year.

Financial Aid is not a loan but rather a reduction in tuition. It gets granted one year at a time, and recipients reapply each year. Independence uses the online service of Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST), an affiliate of Independent School Management (ISM), to process financial aid applications. FAST does not decide whether tuition assistance will be given or how much to give; rather, FAST provides a need-based financial aid analysis service that includes a recommendation of what a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition. All information from FAST is kept confidential. The Financial Aid Committee reviews each application and notifies families of the award decision.

Please expand the blue accordions below to review the steps to applying for Financial Aid.

Please feel free to contact the Admission Office at 302-239-0332 if you need more information.


The Extended Day Program is available to any student enrolled at Independence. Students may participate in this program whenever their classes are not in session. Supervised care for students begins at 7 a.m. and concludes at 6 p.m. The program begins in August before the start of the academic school year and ends in June. When school is closed for holidays or teacher in-service days, Extended Day is open to the children who have pre-registered for those days. Extended Day will only close for the observance of national holidays or in the event of severe weather.

For more details, please expand the blue accordion below.

2020-21 tuition rates

Early Childhood I (age 3)
3 Half Days (AM): $6,640

Early Childhood I (age 3) &
Early Childhood II (age 4)

5 Half Days (AM): $11,070
5 Full Days: $16,240

Kindergarten-Grade 5
Full Day: $19,875

Grades 6-8
Full Day: $20,255

Technology Fee
Grades 1-4: $300 per student
Grades 5-8: $400 per student

Tuition includes textbooks, most field trips, yearbooks, Secondary School Placement, physical, social and emotional support through CWIL™and so much more!


Independence offers several options to provide families flexibility in determining the payment plan that best meets their needs. They are as follows: 

  • Pay-in-Full
  • 60/40 Payment Schedule:
    60% by July 1, 2021;
    remaining 40% by Jan. 1, 2022
  • Easy Payment Plan (Autopay): Secure monthly electronic payments