At CA, we believe that education is an investment in your future.

Tuition and Fees, 2024-2025

Middle School (grades 6-8)



Dining Fee


New Student Fee


Upper School (grades 9-12)

Tuition – Grade 9


Tuition – Grade 10


Tuition – Grade 11


Tuition – Grade 12


Dining Fee (all grades)


New Student Fee (all grades)



One flat fee (no more guesswork about your activities budget) is your ticket to engaging academics, cutting-edge pedagogy, hands-on projects, and countless extra-curricular opportunities. From offsetting special event costs to covering immersive overnight class trips, awe-inspiring field trips, global exploration, and even our award-winning yearbook—it’s all included in the cost of tuition.

**You may be asking yourself, “What in the world is going on with Upper School tuition?” Your eyes don’t deceive you; tuition does appear a bit all over the place. (Brace yourself; a long explanation is incoming.) For the 2024/2025 academic year, we have phased out the World Language Fee, typically billed in the tenth-grade year. Fear not, this doesn’t mean the World Language Exchange Program is no more. Quite the opposite! We have expanded our expeditionary learning opportunities with our new, more flexible, and expansive Discovery Experience Program. Now, our students have more opportunities—through the World Language Exchange program or a non-homestay Discovery Term World Culture Experience—to discover the world beyond our campus. Happily, the new Discovery Experience Program is included in your tuition as of this year. Unhappily, the change has wreaked havoc on our fee structure, which should even back out in a matter of years. Phew. We warned you it was long.

Dining Plan Fee

No more waking up at dawn to make the same tired old sandwich. All CA students participate in our dining program. You’ll enjoy real, cooked-from-scratch, delicious seasonal cuisine (we’re not talking standard cafeteria fare). SAGE’s registered dieticians’ review and approve each menu to ensure that it offers a wide variety of nutritious choices that meet an array of dietary needs (vegan? gluten or dairy-free? No problem).  

New Student Fee

Our new student fee is a one-time contribution that goes towards keeping our campus, facilities, and equipment in top-notch condition (think: purchasing new classroom desks or chairs, securing a much-needed part for our greenhouse irrigation system, or helping to replace that carpet in the Library that has seen one-too-many chai latte spills from The Hub.)

We can bring CA within reach.

Library from quad

Optional programs and fees

Flexibility for every family

Lots of families have logistical challenges (who doesn’t?). That’s why we’ve got some additional programs to provide some much-needed flexibility for your already busy life.


Need a little help getting to campus? Our growing transportation program can help. We currently offer three routes serving various communities within the larger Triangle.

Durham / Chapel Hill
With a meeting point in the Southpoint Mall area, Durham / Chapel Hill transportation is available in the morning and afternoon.

Northern Raleigh (two routes)
With meeting points in both the Six Forks and Falls Pointe areas, Northern Raleigh transportation is available in both the afternoon and morning.

$1,050/annually for all-year morning route
$350/ trimester for afternoon route
*A discounted rate is available for financial aid recipients.

Middle School Extended Day Program

Parents can’t pick you up right at dismissal? No problem. Our extended day program has you covered. We offer quality, supervised care between 3:10 pm and 6:00 pm for grades six through eight.

Your parents can finish their work while you complete homework (except on Fridays—that’s movie day!), engage in fun art projects, play sports, or just hang out with your peers. No hangry students allowed: snacks and drinks are provided. Available all full days that CA is open for classes, the program offers flexible options for full, partial, and emergency use.

Full use: $21 day (no refunds for unused days)
Partial use: $27 day
Hourly use: $12 hour
Drop-in: $39 day
Late Fee: $6

*A discounted rate is available for financial aid recipients.

Davis family

“I love that Cary Academy provides a thoughtful, deep, and rich curriculum that supports my children’s social-emotional, physical, and creative growth in addition to learning the core subjects. There are so many opportunities for them to explore new areas of interests and to expand their skills. It is a caring and dedicated community invested in the students and the process of learning, not just the outcome.”

Nani Davis

parent of three CA alums