The value of an MVS education is priceless. The returns are lifelong. Our challenging academics and Immersion Method provide an education that is unparalleled in the Dayton area. At MVS, we stand for personal excellence, experiential learning, intellectual curiosity, leadership development, individuality, and community. And we go to great lengths to ensure that Dayton’s #1 school is accessible and affordable to families.

As an independent school, MVS relies on tuition dollars for teacher salaries and other operating expenses. Tuition for the 2023-24 school year for the prekindergarten grades ranges from $10,900 for the half day (3 1/2 hours daily) option in junior prekindergarten, to $14,400 for the full day program for both grades. K-12 tuition ranges from $19,900 to $25,900. But that’s not the end of the story.

To help make MVS affordable, financial assistance is available for students in grades K-12 and half of our students receive aid. Need-based aid is the most common form of assistance – find more details below. Monthly payments typically range from about $500 to $2500 depending on aid. The average financial grant is half of tuition and the average income of families receiving aid is $110,000. Give us a chance to make MVS work for you!

Scholarships are available to middle and upper school admissions applicants based on need and merit. To apply for a scholarship, applicants should submit a short essay by February 1 about the ways in which they expect to contribute to the MVS community. Essays should be sent to Anne Dettmer, director of enrollment and financial aid, at anne.dettmer@miamivalleyschool.org. Recipients retain their scholarships for as long as they are students in good standing at MVS.

529 plan assets may be able to be used to pay MVS K-12 tuition up to a certain amount per student per year. Please consult your tax advisor for details.

Additional costs may apply to students attending MVS. These costs may include lunch, after school programs, athletics, books and supplies, overnight trips, and Immersions. Students in the middle and upper schools bring a laptop from home every day.

Learn more at one of our Affording MVS presentations: October 20, 2022, January 19, 2023, and April 4, 2023, all at 6:30 p.m. Email admissions@miamivalleyschool.org for the link to join a virtual event.

Payment Plans

One-Time Discounted Payment

For students who do not receive financial assistance, net tuition may be paid in full by April 1 with a 2% discount. The enrollment deposit is not discounted.

Need-Based Financial Assistance

At MVS, we accept mission-appropriate students regardless of a family’s financial capabilities. We seek young people of promise who have the potential to develop into self-sustaining learners in a diverse community of compassionate global citizens. In order to make MVS accessible and affordable for your family, we offer financial aid for families with demonstrated need.

Like many members of the National Association of Independent Schools, MVS uses School and Student Services (SSS) to assess financial need. Based on the financial information parents provide, SSS calculates an estimated amount that a family can contribute to educational expenses. MVS uses that estimated family contribution as a guide to making fair and balanced financial aid decisions.


Complete aid applications for returning families are due by February 6, 2023.

Complete aid applications for prospective families are due by February 20, 2023 or by the time the admissions file is complete if that’s later than February 20.

A few notes to keep in mind:

Be sure to complete both steps of the aid application process – online application form plus supporting documents. Applications will not be considered until both steps have been completed.

Applications must include all members of the household.

In a divorced or separated family, a separate aid application must be submitted for each household.

MVS may not consider requests for financial assistance after enrollment decisions are made. New student aid applications must be completed before the admission application process is complete.

The financial aid application must be completed in a timely manner prior to each year of attendance for a student to be eligible for need-based assistance that year. Returning families apply for aid each year no later than the first week of February. Applications for returning students completed after May 1 will not be considered.

Application for Need-Based Aid

Step 1: Parent Financial Statement

Complete the online Parent Financial Statement (PFS). The application includes a processing fee charged by SSS. In your PFS, indicate The Miami Valley School as the recipient of the report. Our school code is 5062.

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