Parents choose Mirman because they want the best possible education for their highly gifted child. Considering an independent school education is a significant financial decision, but one that has a major impact on your student. Tuition is essential to our ability to offer all of the things that make Mirman special: engaging, differentiated academic programs; passionate and innovative faculty; robust arts and athletics programs; and gorgeous facilities.
Mirman values and constantly works toward a wide diversity of thought, beliefs, and backgrounds on our campus. Our families represent a wide range of races, ethnicities, religions, family structures, and walks of life. Mirman has a commitment to economic diversity, which is supported by an extensive need-based tuition assistance program.
We understand that giftedness is not confined to children of a particular socioeconomic status, so a significant portion of our budget is dedicated to tuition assistance each year. A national leader in its category according to the National Association of Independent Schools, Mirman's tuition assistance program reaches one in six students. However, we truly believe that every Mirman student is positively impacted by this program.
2017-2018 Inclusive Tuition
Mirman utilizes an inclusive tuition model, which means our tuition includes costs for books, a personal laptop for each student, class supplies, early morning care (beginning at 7:15 daily), athletics teams, and non-overnight field trips. This year’s inclusive tuition rate is:
Lower School Tuition (2017-2018): $30,136
Upper School Tuition (2017-2018): $33,370
Approximately 20% of Mirman students receive tuition assistance, and families pay tuition amounts ranging from around $5,000 up to full tuition.
Tuition Assistance Process
Mirman assesses financial need by asking parents to complete a Tuition Assistance Application, to provide current federal and state tax returns, and to enter their financial information on the School and Student Services for Financial Aid website. Mirman School reviews all applications and awards grants based on the information provided.
Mirman uses the National Association of Independent Schools’s School and Student Services (SSS) portal to collect financial documents and calculate each family’s contribution to their child’s education. The first step in the financial aid process is entering the SSS application information online. By visiting sssbynais.org, creating an account, and entering the Mirman school code (1501), you can begin the application process by entering your family’s financial information.
Once you have completed the SSS application process, the next step is to upload or mail four financial documents to School and Student Services. Following the instruction on the SSS site, you will need to submit:
1) The Mirman School Tuition Assistance Application — available for download by clicking here
2) Your 2017 Federal Tax Return
3) Your 2017 State of California tax return
4) IRS form 4506T (signed, but not dated) — available for download here
All financial documents should be submitted to School and Student Services, where they will be maintained on a secure server and made available to Mirman as necessary. Please do not drop off or mail any documents directly to Mirman.
The Tuition Assistance Application must be received by School and Student Services (SSS) no later than February 26, 2018. A grace period expiring March 5, 2018 will be allowed to provide missing documentation to families with applications on file by February 26, 2018. The Business Office may grant additional time to submit tax returns; however, a grant cannot be issued until all required documentation has been submitted to SSS.
Mirman understands that, when added to the whirlwind of preparing for a new school year, applying for tuition assistance and submitting financial information can seem daunting. Our Admission Office is happy to walk you through the steps of the process and answer any questions you might have. Additionally, our Business Office is available to help you with any questions regarding the necessary documents.
Mirman School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, or any other protected category in the creation or implementation of its admission policies, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, or any other school-administered program, service or privilege.