Affording Gunston

An independent school education, with its high-level of personalization, small classes, high expectations, and focus on college preparation, is a significant investment in your child's future. The Gunston School understands that affording such an education is a concern for all families, regardless of income. Our Board of Trustees is committed to making Gunston education affordable for any motivated and talented students who meet our admissions criteria. Year after year, Gunston works to the best of its ability to meet the financial needs of each family through our generous financial aid program. 


Full tuition for the 2023-2024 school year is $28,950 (includes tuition and lunch).
Additional costs include:
1) Books: approximately $400-$600
2) Bay Studies Fee: $425

Optional fees:
Bus Transportation: available from:
(MD) Annapolis, Chestertown, Church Hill, Easton, Galena, Grasonville, Kent Island, Millington, and Severna Park. (DE) Dover & Middletown.

Tuition Payment Plans

Types of Financial Assistance

Merit Awards

The Gunston School is pleased to announce the 23rd annual Merit Scholarship Competition. The winners will receive a one-year scholarship, the value of which is equal to 25% – 50% of the student’s 9th -grade tuition to The Gunston School.

All submissions must be received by February 4, 2024. Applicants will be notified of results by February 16.

This competition is optional and open to any 8th-grade student who is applying to The Gunston School for the 2024-2025 school year. In recent years, an average of two students have had the opportunity to win this scholarship. Please contact David Henry, Director of Admission, with questions at 

In ordered to be considered for one of the merit scholarships, an applicant will need to:

In the 2023-2024 academic school year, $1.9M in financial aid was awarded to 55% of our students. 


The Hallmark Family, P'24

“We love Gunston because we are confident that our son is being well prepared for college and being encouraged to explore the world around him along the way. We also love the strong sense of community with other parents and students modeled by excellent school leaders.”

– The Hallmark Family, P'24

Head of School John Lewis with Abbey and Maggie Miller'22
“Our hope was that coming to Gunston would allow us to grow into who we are today. That we could make friends and be part of the community, no matter what sport we played or classes we took. Gunston makes the promise that it is a welcoming environment, and they deliver. In high school, there are so many opportunities for kids to be mean, but here, kids choose to be kind.”
- Abbey Miller ’22
Co-Valedictorian (pictured above with sister Maggie)