International School of Brooklyn is committed to enrolling students from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Our need-based tuition assistance program is available to students in Pre-K 3 to 8th Grade and helps families bridge the gap between what they can contribute financially towards their child’s tuition and the full annual tuition fee. For the 2023–2024 academic year, ISB awarded over $2.9 million in aid to 30% of the student body. Financial assistance extends beyond tuition, as those who receive tuition assistance are also given assistance for non-tuition-related items such as the after school care program, summer program, and lunch program.
Pre-K 3: $36,609
Pre-K 4: $38,356
Kindergarten through 5th Grade: $43,365
6th through 8th Grade: $47,837
Required non-refundable enrollment deposit: $5,000 (this deposit is credited towards tuition). For families receiving tuition assistance, the deposit amount is adjusted accordingly.
Please note that tuition is adjusted each year.
We offer three tuition payment plans so that families can choose the one that works best for their budgeting:
Option 1: One payment plan
Tuition is paid in full by July 1.
Option 2: Two payment plan
Tuition is paid in two equal installments: 50% is due by July 1 and 50% is due by October 1.
Option 3: 10 month payment plan
Tuition payments are spread over ten months. Payment is due each month starting July 1 through April 1. There is an additional one-time administrative fee of $100 associated with this plan.
International School of Brooklyn uses Clarity to process tuition assistance applications. Clarity guides parent(s)/guardian(s) in completing a family application, which asks for information about income, expenses, assets, and liabilities. A completed application allows Clarity to estimate the family contribution, the amount of discretionary income a family can be expected to pay toward tuition. The Tuition Assistance Committee uses that estimate, in combination with completed tax documentation, to determine need. The Tuition Assistance Committee keeps all financial information confidential and makes awards regardless of race, color, sex, religion, creed, gender expression, national origin, ethnic group, or disability. The amount of aid given to families ranges from 10% to 95% of tuition, and families from a wide range of income levels have qualified based on individual family circumstances.
Families must apply for aid each year as renewal is not automatic or guaranteed. Preference is given to returning families. Each year, demand for tuition assistance exceeds the funds available. Therefore, it is important that all families applying for tuition assistance, both new and returning, meet submission deadlines. Tuition assistance applications become available in October. The deadline to submit for the 2024-2025 school year is December 4th, 2023 for currently enrolled families and January 8th, 2024 for applicant families.
Families applying to ISB should indicate their intention to apply for tuition assistance on their child’s admissions application. Applicants are notified of tuition assistance packages when admissions acceptance letters are sent in February and March. If you are applying off-cycle, check with the Admissions Office before applying for tuition assistance, as funds may be limited beyond the regular admissions season.
If your child is a French citizen, you may qualify for a need-based Bourse from the French government for Pre-K 3 to 5th Grade. The application for the Bourse is made available by the French Consulate in mid-January and the final decisions for the Bourse are made in mid-summer. Applicant families who plan to apply for the Bourse program should notify ISB’s Admissions Office and should also complete the Clarity tuition assistance application.
For additional information, FAQs, and a preview of Bourse guidelines, please visit the AEFE .
ISB uses Clarity to process tuition assistance applications. You can access the application at this link: https://app.clarityapp.com/. Follow the prompt to login or to create your account. In addition to a completed application, we request copies of last year’s tax returns (1099, 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) and W2 statements or other proof of income (if applicable) through Clarity. Self-employed parents should also include all related business forms with your 1040 file (i.e., Schedule C, Schedule E, 1120, 1065, and/or K-1).
An overview of the Clarity application can be found here in English: Clarity Family Application Guide and here in Spanish: Guía de Aplicación de Clarity Para Las Familias.
Tuition assistance applications for the 2024-2025 school year will become available on October 1, 2023. The deadline to submit is December 4th, 2023 for currently enrolled families and January 8th, 2024 for applicant families. Applicant families should indicate on their admissions application that they intend to apply for tuition assistance.
Yes, families need to reapply every year. Tuition assistance awards are granted for one academic year at a time. Once assistance has been awarded, families can expect that it will be renewed, provided their financial situation has not changed substantially and that they have completed the Clarity application for the upcoming school year.
ISB’s tuition assistance committee reviews all applications in December and January and makes tuition assistance awards annually. The committee uses Clarity to process and analyze all applications. Clarity evaluates a family’s expected contribution to tuition using factors entered in their application, such as income, cost of living, family size, real estate equity, liquid assets, business income, payments to retirement plans, discretionary spending, medical expenses, child support, rental or mortgage payments, etc.
Yes, an appeals process is available for tuition assistance awards. Families are asked to complete an appeals form and provide additional information to help the tuition assistance committee better understand the family’s financial situation.
Tuition payments at ISB cover all school materials, books, field trips, and overnight trips. Families receiving tuition assistance will receive the same percentage of assistance for additional fee-charging programs such as school lunch, After School Care, and the summer program.
Families must submit an application through Clarity to determine eligibility for tuition assistance. Families with a range of incomes may qualify for tuition assistance. Currently, 86% of families who receive tuition assistance have a combined household income below $300,000. Income is just one out of many considered factors; Clarity will gather income, assets, and liability data to determine your family’s expected financial need.
When a student enrolls at ISB without having applied for financial assistance, it is the school’s expectation that the family will not apply for tuition assistance within the first two years of enrollment. Exceptions may be made if there is demonstration of a significant change in a family’s financial circumstances. Families must notify ISB of any change of financial circumstances that may positively or negatively affect their ability to pay tuition.
Current families receive their tuition assistance awards along with re-enrollment contracts in January. Applicants who are offered admission to ISB and a tuition assistance package are notified of both when decisions are released in February and March. If you are applying off-cycle, we recommend that you check with the Admissions Office before applying for tuition assistance, as funds may be limited beyond the regular admissions season.
Yes, international families can apply for tuition assistance. Families who do not have US tax returns are asked to submit alternate documentation regarding family finances and proof of income. The tuition assistance committee may request additional information or documentation if needed.
If your child is a French citizen, you may apply for a need-based Bourse from the French government. Please note that, in line with ISB’s accreditation from the French Ministry of Education, Bourse awards can be used for enrollment in Pre-K 3 to 5th Grade only. The Bourse is managed through the French Consulate and takes into account a family’s financial profile and assets to determine whether they qualify for government aid; it is not a subsidy program for families wishing to attend accredited French schools. Applicant families who plan to apply for the Bourse program should notify ISB’s Admissions Office and should also complete the Clarity tuition assistance application.
Families applying for the Bourse should contact the French Consulate. More information about the program and required documents can be found here: https://newyork.consulfrance.org/-bourses-aefe-.