Education is priceless. It is a core component in life that moulds a child into an upstanding adult, shaping their values, morals, and worldviews just as much as it provides them with the knowledge and skills needed to progress in life.
But education can also be expensive. The average annual tuition for private elementary and secondary schools in the US increased by 14% between 2010 and 2020 and is expected to further increase by 2.3% per year between 2022 and 2027.
Hebron Academy sees that and remains dedicated to fulfilling its students’ needs and ambitions. Rooted in Maine, they have always cultivated trailblazers, and they’re continuing to do so by resetting the tuition for the 2024/25 school year.
“We have always believed in the power of education to transform lives and shape the future,” writes Patrick J. Phillips, Head of School. “We are committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to receive the exceptional education and life-changing experience that Hebron Academy offers.”
As one of the oldest endowed boarding schools in the US, having educated students since 1805, Hebron Academy is well-known in Maine for its inclusivity and support. With students from over 20 countries and 15 states and an average graduation rate of 100%, the school boasts an impressive curriculum, facilities, and faculty to guide and lead students to success.
In the letter to current and interested students, Phillips shares that resetting the school’s tuition achieves two objectives. It continues the ongoing effort to uphold Hebron Academy’s renowned excellence and quality of education while simultaneously striving to be more inclusive, accessible, and affordable.
With Maine being home to some of the most expensive private secondary schools in the US, this is a welcome move. Lowering the school’s tuition will make it 20% lower than the average price to attend other day and boarding schools.
This new tuition structure aligns with Hebron Academy’s ongoing commitment to need-based assistance, promising real affordability for students and families and more transparency in its pricing.
“Over the past decade, the average tuition at independent schools has increased by over 50%, while household income has not,” writes Phillips. “Independent school prices as a whole have spiralled out of control, becoming prohibitively expensive for some families. To ensure that Hebron Academy remains a possibility for many students, both now and in the future, we decided that it is time for a change.”
Covering Grades six to 12 and postgraduate education, 2024-25 day students will pay a fee of US$26,000 as compared to 2023-24 of US$37,200; domestic and Canadian boarding students will pay US$56,000 instead of the previous US$70,350; and international boarding students will pay US$64,000 instead of US$70,350. However, these revised fees do not include optional or required fees such as English for Speakers of Other Languages, Academic Support, International Health Insurance, or the Winter Recreational Sports Fee.
For tuition beyond the 2024-25 school year, Hebron Academy will continue its yearly evaluation of its financial situation and monitor the global economy to adjust its fees to ensure its education remains affordable and accessible.
The school also doesn’t discriminate based on race, colour, or national or ethnic origin, especially when it comes to offering financial assistance – in 2023, 45% of students were on need-based financial aid.
The academy is ranked #5 across the board in Maine for Most Diverse Private High Schools, Best College Prep Private High Schools, and Best Boarding High Schools by ranking and review site Niche. With such rankings, it’s undeniable that Hebron Academy continually strives to guide students to reach their highest potential in mind, body, and spirit.
Located on the edge of Hebron’s White Mountains and on the grounds of the 1,500-acre campus, students are exposed to 80 academic courses in eight disciplines and a range of sports through the 27 interscholastic teams and Outdoor Education and Winter Pursuits. While the campus and its courses seem expansive, classes are designed to ensure keen attention to each student. The average class size is of 12, with a 5:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
At Hebron Academy, everything aims to help students be who they want to be, teaching students to collaborate with people of all backgrounds, navigate social networks, prioritise their health, and adapt to new challenges. Here, students find themselves in an accepting, nourishing space and grow to their fullest potential. The revised fees are just a step forward in opening more doors for students interested in a stellar education and fulfilling educational journey ahead of them.