As we closely follow the evolving situation around COVID-19, our goal is to keep the GCDS community informed at every step. The safety and health of our students is our top priority.

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Admissions & Tuition

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Learn More About the Admissions Process

The admission process at Glenwood Country Day School is committed to working closely with each family applying to determine whether or not the applicant will be well-served by our program.

Admission decisions are reached with input from members of the faculty and administration. Each applicant is thoughtfully and thoroughly considered in light of admission criteria and the mission of the School. All decisions of the Admissions Committee are final.

Glenwood Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or a person’s status as a qualified candidate with a disability in the administration of its educational program, admission policies, staff hiring and other administered programs.

Visiting Campus

The school visit is the most important part of the admissions process. Your visit will include a tour, curriculum presentation and an opportunity for you to share with us what makes your child unique. It is a chance for us to get to know your child and for your child to get to know us.

Glenwood Country Day School is a very individualized school, and it is important to us that we match well with all of our students.


Registration begins in September for the following year. While our rolling admissions policy provides flexibility for many, it also means families should register as quickly as possible, as we begin to fill seats immediately.

GCDS Tuition

Program Schedule Times Tuition
2 Year Old Program Full Day 6:30-6:30 $1400 / month
3 Year Old Program Half Day 9:30-12:30 $780 / month
3 Year Old Program Full Day 6:30-6:30 $1250 / month
3 Year Old - Academic Day Only Program Full Day 9:30-3:00 $1100 / month
Pre-K Program Half Day 9:30-12:30 $780 / month
Pre-K - Academic Day Only Program Full Day 9:30-3:00 $1100 / month
Pre-K Program Full Day 6:30-6:30 $1400 / month
Transitional K Program Full Day 6:30-6:30 $1400 / month
Transitional-K - Academic Day Only Program Full Day 9:30-3:00 $1100 / month
Kindergarten Program Full Day 6:30-6:30 $1400 / month
Kindergarten - Academic Day Only Program Full Day 9:30-3:00 $1100/ month

The Application Process


Submit Application

Parents should complete the online application form and submit a fee of $50.00. Click here to get started.



Educational Director, Mrs. Stradling, will contact parents to discuss their child’s needs.


Personal Tour

Learn about our program, tour our campus and get answers to your specific questions.



Schedule a comprehensive educational assessment on your child and submit a
fee of $100.00.



Once the applicant receives an Enrollment Letter, the parents will submit a $1,500.00 tuition deposit which is non-refundable.

  • I read to these friends every Tuesday and they are the most polite, caring and attentive children for this age group that I have ever worked with. Jeannie
  • Love the place, they treat my kids like family. Nick
  • When Mrs. Poland gave me a tour of GCDS, I felt like she was the owner of the school. Her compassion shown through. Beth
  • Being a resident of Columbia, it was refreshing to place my child at Summer Adventures Camp. Lee
  • It was refreshing to have my child at Summer Adventures Camp on 40 wooded acres. Jonathan
  • Having a class size of only 6 is why my child goes to GCDS. Jennifer
  • I just want to thank you and the rest of your team for a great first day for Emma and Jack. They had a wonderful time and I just want to thank you for caring for them and keeping them safe in these trying times. Krystal
  • We want to thank you for your hard work in creating engaging lessons and meeting with students every day. As a teacher, I know how difficult it is to facilitate meaningful interaction with students in the current circumstances. Evelyn looks forward to circle time and loves watching your videos every day. Scott and Katherine
  • I've said it before to Mrs. Poland, but I'll say it kids LOVE camp. I asked Ollie all kinds of questions on Saturday about it and he was getting very excited about everything he was telling me. He loves lunch outside. He also told me this weekend that he hurt his leg, but it was ok, Mrs. Harp would clean it and make it better at camp. Vivian usually dreads the idea of swim lessons, but because of camp, she thinks maybe she could handle swim lessons, and when I ask her if there is anything she doesn't like at camp, she told me she likes everything! Thank you for all of your hard work! Katie
  • I can't believe we're already signing up for the last week :( We are all so sad to see camp ending after next week. The kids really enjoyed it - they loved the activities and their teachers. Thanks for putting on a great camp, especially considering the pandemic! Erin