Affording Woodlynde

There is no more important investment than your child's education, and for a child who learns differently, that investment becomes even more critical as it affects their success in college, career, and life.
Woodlynde tuition is slightly higher than the area's traditional independent schools, but lower than most area support schools. This represents Woodlynde's unique balance of academic rigor typical of a traditional private school combined with the academic, social, and emotional support provided by the region's dedicated "helping" schools that tend to serve students of greater need than those Woodlynde accepts.
Even then, Woodlynde does not charge the full cost of a Woodlynde education and covers the gap between tuition and program costs through generous philanthropic support.
Because a Woodlynde education is so critical to the successful development of a child who learns differently, Woodlynde offers generous need-based Financial Aid (over $1.5 million annually).

Tuition & Fees

2019 - 2020 Tuition

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  • Kindergarten

  • Grades 1-2

  • Grade 3

  • Grade 4

  • Grade 5

  • Grades 6-8

  • Grades 9-12


Additional Yearly Expenses

  • Book and Activity Supplement
    (varies by division) $400 - $825
  • Technology Supplement
    (all students) $300
  • Physical Education uniform
    (students in grades 6 - 12 only)
  • Optional lunch plan available

Parent of a 2017 Woodlynde Graduate

"Our experience at Woodlynde School has truly exceeded every expectation that we had. We are incredibly grateful to the Woodlynde team for creating an excellent and supportive environment. Our only regret is that we didn’t find Woodlynde sooner!"

Financial Aid

Woodlynde's Financial Aid Philosophy

At Woodlynde School, there is a commitment to help any qualified student receive a Woodlynde education. Woodlynde recognizes that tuition costs represent a significant investment in each student's future, so need-based Financial Aid is made available to enrolled families who apply and meet the school's criteria. Students thus are able to take advantage of a Woodlynde education, and the student body is enriched by the socio-economic diversity that is inherently valued in the school's mission.

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  • How Financial Aid Decisions are Made

    Financial Aid decisions are made by the Financial Aid Committee, which is separate from the Admissions Committee. An application for Financial Aid in no way affects an applicant’s opportunity to be admitted to the school. All Financial Aid decisions are made based on financial need without regard to a student’s race, color, religion, ethnicity, or national origin. Woodlynde relies upon the truthfulness of the information provided in each application, and families who apply acknowledge their continuing obligation to notify the school if financial circumstances improve.

    *Woodlynde funds its annual financial aid awards in part through grants and scholarships provided by outside foundations and will occasionally ask financial aid applicants/recipients to submit information to facilitate funding from outside sources.
  • The Family's Financial Commitment

    Woodlynde's Financial Aid grants are intended to support those enrolled families that have demonstrated need and who have already accessed other outside sources of income and addressed expense savings. Those income sources include grandparents, other family members, employment of all able-bodied parents, other potential scholarship programs, or a settlement from a school district. Non-educational lifestyle expenses that can also be addressed prior to applying for Financial Aid include ownership of second homes, luxury automobiles, or memberships in private dues-paying clubs. These are the kinds of considerations families should make before applying for Financial Aid. While Woodlynde is committed to supporting demonstrated need to the extent possible, we also believe that families must bear some of the sacrificial burden in this partnership.

Contact Us

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How to Apply for Financial Aid

Families may apply for financial aid at the time of application to the school. The Financial Aid review process begins in February.

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  • 1. Fill out the Financial Aid Letter of Intent

    Fill out the Financial Aid Letter of Intent and return it to the Woodlynde Business Office as soon as possible. This allows the Office to track all requests by the date received in preparation for Financial Aid allocation.
  • 2. Complete a Request for Transcript of Tax Return Form

    REQUIRED: Complete a Request for Transcript of Tax Return Form (IRS Form 4506-T). Please sign the bottom. 
  • 3. Complete the Parents Financial Statement (PFS)

    Complete the Parents Financial Statement (PFS) online at
    • NOTICE: Please send a copy of your PFS to Woodlynde School and retain a copy for your own records. In addition to the copies of the PFS form, Woodlynde School requires that a copy of your complete 2017 Tax Return, including your PA State Return, and all supporting schedules (W2s, 1099s, completed IRS 4506T Form, etc.) be sent to the Woodlynde Business Office. Applications cannot be processed without all documents received in full.
    • NOTICE: If you are separated or divorced, the non-custodial parent MUST fill out a separate Application.
    • NOTICE: When supplying information for consideration of Financial Aid through the School and Student Service for Financial Aid, you agree to provide current, complete, and accurate information about yourself. If any information provided is untrue, inaccurate, not current, or incomplete, Woodlynde School has the right, without limiting any of its other rights or remedies, to terminate your application, recover any previously disbursed Financial Aid, and decline to provide you with Financial Aid in the future.
  • 4. Financial Aid Eligibility Notification

    If you are eligible and the Financial Aid Committee grants Financial Aid, you will be notified of the grant in writing.
* Woodlynde School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, disability, creed, or religion in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid and loan policies, employment policies, or athletic and other school programs.
If you have questions about completing the Financial Aid application, please contact SSS.
SSS Customer Service: 800.344.8328
SSS Customer Service Email:

Outside Funding

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  • The Children's Scholarship Fund of Philadelphia (CSFP)

    Parents apply online or by written application to the CSFP by March 1. Awards are made by lottery and the maximum award for private school students is currently $1,900 per year, renewable for four years through grade 8. Both the school and family must sign documents each year by stated deadlines to ensure that funds are received. This year, 1,500 new scholarships have been added for children entering grades K - 5. CSFP will consider the first 7,000 families to apply before March 1. 

    Children's Scholarship Fund of Philadelphia 
    P.O. Box 22463 
    Philadelphia, PA 19110 
  • The Ellis Foundation

    The Charles E. Ellis Grant and Scholarship Fund for Girls is available to students in grades 9-12 who reside in Philadelphia full-time.
    Additionally, students must meet the following criteria:
    • Live in a household where one or both parents are absent or one parent is disabled;
    • Have grades of C or better in major subjects;
    • Have a gross family income that does not exceed the amounts set by the foundation.
    Families are responsible for completing all paperwork and meeting established deadlines. The maximum award amount for private school students is currently $7,000. The award is renewable each year as long as the family continues to qualify financially and all paperwork is complete by the stated deadlines. Applications are available beginning in January.
    White-Williams Scholars
    215 South Broad Street, 5th floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Republic Bank Financing

    If you wish to explore alternative financial models for tuition support, Republic First Bank Vice President Dan Charyna is available at or 215.510.9791 to discuss a variety of loan and line of credit options (subject to credit approval). Mr. Charyna is familiar with Woodlynde School's mission, students, and family needs. For more information, you may also visit
  • "Bridging the Gap" from ADVIS

    The Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS) is committed to providing access for all admitted students. ADVIS has prepared a booklet to help families develop strategies to consider when planning financially for the future, helping families fit independent school tuition into college and retirement planning.
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergartenelementarymiddle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language- or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Challenges, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.