A Benchmark School education is transformative. We hear it often from our alumni and past families: Benchmark changes lives and sets students on a path of success in education and in life.
Our deliberately low student-to-teacher ratio means that we get to know every student and can personalize instruction. Working closely with your child, we build on their strengths as well as work on their challenges.
What better investment in your children’s future than helping them love to learn? It may make all the difference in their lives.
Benchmark School offers our families three payment plans:
- Payment in full
- Two installments plan
- Eleven installments plan
Benchmark believes that access to educational excellence should be available to all qualified students, regardless of financial means.
We are proud to offer need-based financial aid in hopes that no family will be discouraged from applying.
Application for financial aid is managed through SSS (School and Student Services). The SSS forms provide Benchmark with an objective means of helping to determine each family’s level of need. Benchmark School's SSS code is 1062.
Families who intend to apply for financial aid are encouraged to do so when they apply for admission. Decisions on admission and financial aid are separate. While Benchmark has a generous financial aid program, the budget is limited and we receive far more requests for aid than we can meet. It is possible that a student who is accepted may be denied financial aid due to limited funds.
Returning families are required to apply annually. Grants are not guaranteed from year to year, as families are required to demonstrate need annually. However, assuming there has not been significant change in the family’s needs assessments as determined by the Financial Aid Committee, families can reasonably assume that Benchmark’s financial support will continue at a similar level annually.
Should there be an unanticipated significant change in financial circumstances that may have an impact on the future enrollment status of the student, families should contact the Financial Aid Committee as soon as possible to discuss options.
Grades 1-5: $43,990
Grades 6-8: $45,850 (includes the use of a MacBook for each student)
Tuition covers all fees, including the individual electronic devices (laptops/iPads), sports, activities, field trips, clubs, books, and lunch.
The only additional fee a family may incur is if their child participates in After-School Guided Study, where for a nominal fee students can work on homework in a quiet setting with Benchmark teachers providing supervision.
We are so very grateful for the education Liz was given at Benchmark. Throughout Liz's many successes in high school and college, we often paused and reflected on our decision to send her to Benchmark. I believe it was the single most important and best decision we have ever made as parents. Liz feels the very same way.
- Will returning students receive the same financial aid packages year to year?
- Do the financial assistance awards need to be repaid?
- Will my application for financial assistance influence my child’s application for admission?
- Based on the information I filled out on the SSS website, my family qualifies for financial aid. If my child is offered acceptance into Benchmark, will they automatically receive an award based on our Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)?
- What if my family’s financial situation is complicated?
- Is financial aid information kept confidential?
- How does marital status affect financial aid?
For more information about tuition or financial aid, contact Kim Riley, 610-565-3741.
Benchmark School is licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Academic Schools and has been accorded 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service. A not-for-profit, independent school, Benchmark relies on tuition and charitable gifts for its operation. Accredited by Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools, which is a member in good standing of the National Association of Independent Schools’ Commission on Accreditation.
Benchmark School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender and sexuality diversity, age, or against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability, in its admissions and financial program, in the administration of its educational program, or in its employment policies.