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The financial aid program at Francis Parker School is guided by our belief that parents have an obligation to pay the educational expenses of their children to the extent that they are able.
In an effort to promote access for students who will benefit from an outstanding college-preparatory education and whose contribution in and outside of the classroom will enrich the Parker community, Francis Parker School provides financial aid to qualified families.

Francis Parker School’s financial aid policies reflect standards of equity and fairness and embrace Francis Parker School’s ongoing commitment to access, affordability, and socio-economic diversity.

Tuition Assistance and Instructions
Books and Other Student Expenses
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Tuition Assistance and Instructions

See Instructions for Applying for Financial Aid
(Includes a list of required tax forms and documents.)

  • Financial aid awards are for families with demonstrated financial need. In determining the appropriate amount of a financial aid award, the committee will take into account the following criteria including, but not limited to:
  • School and Student Services (SSS) application 
  • Copies of your recent tax returns. (See the instructions above.)
  • Extraordinary or unique financial circumstances
  • Francis Parker School adheres to local, state, and federal laws and regulations that require non-discriminatory practice in the administration of its financial aid policies.

  • Francis Parker School endeavors to meet the financial needs of its applicants dependent on funds available and the number of requests. All information provided to the Francis Parker School Financial Aid Committee is treated with the strictest confidence.

  • A financial aid award will be considered only after a current and complete application for financial aid is on file.

  • Financial aid awards are determined on an annual basis. Each financial aid family must reapply annually.

  • Francis Parker School will ordinarily not make full financial aid awards for tuition and fees. Francis Parker School believes that every family will demonstrate their commitment to their child’s education by making some contribution to the cost of the education.

  • Francis Parker School reserves the right to withdraw any offer or award of financial aid if it is determined that the application is incomplete, false, or includes misleading information.

  • Financial aid awards will not be made if the account carries an unresolved past due balance. In the event where a financial aid award is made and the account of the previous year is delinquent, Francis Parker School reserves the right to withdraw the financial aid offer.

  • In the case of a separated or divorced family, absent compelling circumstances, the school will require both parents to complete all of the requirements for applying for financial aid.

  • Francis Parker School expects that all students will in all matters of academic, social and extracurricular life perform to the best of their abilities, and Francis Parker School will not subsidize sub-standard performance or lack of commitment to the life of the School.

  • In the review of financial aid applications, the committee differentiates between necessary expenses and money spent for lifestyle choices. With respect to the latter, beyond a certain point, Francis Parker School will not provide aid to offset “lifestyle” expenditures that could have been directed to education.

  • Francis Parker School makes and communicates financial aid decisions in a manner that allows families to make timely, careful, and fully-informed enrollment decisions.


Families who receive tuition assistance may request additional assistance for school-operated transportation fees if normal commuting with parents is a hardship.  Requests should be made directly to the admissions office and will be considered on an annual basis.


Expenses related to participation in athletics are generally included within the cost of tuition.  Some sports will elect to participate in long-distance travel for competition; will offer special spirit wear to team members; and other miscellaneous costs that are not covered by tuition.  

Books and Other Student Expenses

All students, regardless of financial circumstances, should be able to participate in activities that are considered a normal part of the high school experience.  These activities include Homecoming, Prom, sports banquets, senior outings, camps, Science Olympiad, History Day, and other competitions. Any student receiving more than 30% tuition assistance shall receive a waiver for these costs in proportion to their percentage of tuition assistance. Students receiving less than 30% tuition assistance shall not receive additional financial assistance with these expenses.

Club and after-school activities are not included in this policy. Expenses related to club activities are viewed as optional and will not be covered by financial assistance funds. Parker logo clothing (spirit wear, class shirts etc.) is purchased through a third party vendor and we cannot issue financial aid to offset these expenses.


Parker students have the opportunity to take major trips during the 8th Grade Discovery Week and also during Interim Session in the Upper School. Students who receive need-based tuition assistance will automatically receive aid for the trips, in an amount proportionally related to the tuition assistance they receive.

Any family regardless of the tuition assistance they receive from the School may apply for additional trip aid if they are not able to afford the cost of the trip; such aid will be apportioned based on the requests and budget available. Trip aid will be available for each student for the 8th Grade Discovery Week and for one trip during a student’s four years of high school. Trips other than these (optional summer travel opportunities, for example) are not supported by financial aid.

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For more information or to apply for financial aid, please contact:

Judy Conner
Director of Admission
Phone: 858-569-7900

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4201 Randolph St.
San Diego, CA 92103
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6501 Linda Vista Rd.
San Diego, CA 92111

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