We are happy to arrange individual visits at any time. Please call (302) 368-7772 or email the to make an appointment.

NCCL School admits students without regard to race, color, religious belief, ancestry, or national origin. Admission decisions are made by the staff, based on the needs of the school and the particular openings available. Our goal is to have a school population that is well-balanced as to age and gender, with a variety of children from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds, and parents who support our educational goals and methods. Priority is given to siblings of children already enrolled in the school.

We do not have an entrance exam. Before a child enters the school, we like to interview both parents and have the child visit the school for at least a day. The visit enables us to get to know your child and gives your child a chance to see the school and meet the teachers. A visit does not mean that we will have a place for your child.

Applications are accepted at any time for any school year. All else being equal, openings are offered in order of application date.

Tuition 2017-2018

Returning Families:

Tuition Plan Payment Due Date One child Two children
Single Payment March 1 $12,300 $22,140
(siblings pay 80%)
Two Payment March 1 $6,150 $11,070
September 1 $6,150 $11,070
Twelve Payment March 1 to Feb. 1 $1035* $1,855*

*A $10 fee has been included in each installment under the Twelve Payment Plan.

New Families:

Tuition Plan Payment Due Date One child Two children
Two Payment With enrollment contract $6,150 $11,070
September 1 $6,150 $11,070
Twelve Payment With enrollment contract 10353* $1,855*
Divided among the
remaining months until Feb. 1
$11,275+ $20,295+

*A $10 fee has been included in each installment under the Twelve Payment Plan.
+Plus a monthly $10 installment fee.

There is a non-refundable $50 application fee.

There is a $1,000 security deposit which may be paid in 2 installments of $500 for those on the two payment plan and monthly increments of $100 for 10 months for those on the twelve payment plan. The security deposit is refunded when your child leaves the school if all obligations have been met.

Both parents/guardians are required to sign a Service Requirement Contract. See Co-op Duties, below.

Financial Aid

NCCL’s budget includes an amount to be awarded as financial aid. The available money is divided on the basis of need among those families who apply. The sole intent of this aid is to make it possible for children to attend NCCL who might otherwise be unable. NCCL receives no outside funding for financial aid. Download financial aid application form.

Co-op Duties

Both parents/guardians are required to sign a Service Requirement Contract indicating how they would like to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Committee Work: Each parent is asked to do at least 20 hours of committee work per year. We have a variety of committees, including School Service, Grounds, Maintenance, Newsletter, Social, Computers, etc. We assign parents to one of their 3 choices if possible, although new parents sometimes can’t get one of their choices the first year. Parents may pay $300 each in lieu of serving on a committee.
  • Workday Hours:  Each parent is asked to do at least 8 workday hours each year. Workday hours are done over the summer and are devoted to getting the school ready for a new school year. There are 4 Saturday work days scheduled, 2 in June and 2 in August. Alternate jobs are also assigned which can be done at the parent’s convenience. Jobs include painting, repairing, cleaning, library work, straightening supplies, etc. Parents may pay $250 each in lieu of doing Co-op Hours.
  • Cleaning: Cleaning is done on weekends any time between Friday night and Sunday night, except for Sunday morning when another group uses the building or when special events are planned. The school is divided into 4 pods. Families are assigned to the pod that includes their child’s rooms if at all possible. In most cases, families are assigned to one weekend a month. The job usually takes 2-3 hours. We have a professional cleaning company who does the floors, bathrooms, and trash cans. Parent cleaners do the rest. Parents may pay a buyout fee of $500 per family in lieu of cleaning.


If you are applying for the upcoming school year, or a mid-year placement during the current school year:

  1. Fill out all pages of the application form. If you will be applying for financial aid, download and fill out the financial aid application.
  2. Sign and enclose the records release form.
  3. Enclose a copy of your child’s latest reports as specified on the instruction form.
  4. Provide a photograph.
  5. Enclose $50 application fee (check made out to NCCL).

If you are applying for a later year:

  1. Fill out page 1 of the application form
  2. Enclose $50 application fee (check made out to NCCL)

We will ask for the photograph, the other application pages and a release of records at a later date.

The $50 application fee is non-refundable. Once your child’s application becomes active, he/she may be offered a place at any time, such as over the summer or in the middle of the school year.

If at any time you no longer want a placement for a particular school year, you must notify us to change the status of your application. You may cancel the application or change it to a subsequent school year.

When we offer a place to your child, the application is cancelled. If you do not accept the place, but want your child to be considered for another school year, you will need to reapply and submit another application fee. Applicants are automatically considered for enrollment in subsequent years if there is not a place for them for the first year in which they apply. You do not need to reapply or submit another application fee.