2018-2019 Rainbow Community School Tuition & Fees

Base Tuition

2 days a week:             $5,735/year
3 days a week:             $8,690/year
5 days a week:           $11,665/year

Kindergarten:          $11,965/year
1st Grade:                 $12,315/year
2nd Grade:                $12,355/year
3rd Grade:                 $12,355/year
4th Grade:                 $12,355/year
5th Grade:                 $13,095/year
6th Grade:                 $13,155/year
7th Grade:                 $14,715/year
8th Grade:                 

Annual Fees (Non-refundable)

Enrollment fee: $300

Annual Volunteer Investment:
As a true community school, there is a culture of volunteerism.  K-8 families are asked to volunteer 30 hours a year, or 15 hours each half year (July-December, January-June).  Preschool families are asked to volunteer 20 hours a year, or 10 hours each half year. Each K-8 family will be billed $150 per half year, minus $10/hour for volunteer work completed. Each preschool family will be billed $100 per half year, minus $10/hour for volunteer work completed.

One-Time-Only Fees

Application Fee: $75 per student
A complete application and non-refundable $75 fee are required for all prospective RCS students. Applications are accepted year-round, however, openings are generally announced in mid-April. Early applications are strongly recommended.

Unfulfilled applications are rolled forward to the next grade level.

New Family Entry Fee:
$625 This is a one-time, non-refundable fee that is due with your enrollment contract.

Base Tuition Payments

Preschool: Tuition is paid in ten installments, beginning August 1, 2018, through May 1, 2019.  Families who elect to pay their balance in full by August 1, 2018 are eligible for a 2% tuition discount.
K-8th: Tuition is paid in twelve installments, invoiced monthly May 1, 2018 through April 1, 2019. Families who elect to pay their balance in full by July 1, 2018 are eligible for a 2% tuition discount.

Voluntary Equitable Tuition (VET) Payments (Tax-deductible)

This is an addendum to your tuition contract that supports higher teacher salaries and the financial aid program which helps to fund those who otherwise would not be able to attend RCS. Click here for full information and FAQ’s about Voluntary Equitable Tuition.

  • Tax deductible
  • Participation is voluntary
  • Monthly payments billed along with your base tuition payments

Tuition Assistance

A limited amount of tuition assistance is available for families with demonstrated need who would not otherwise be able to send their child to RCS. We are an affirmative action school. One of the purposes of financial aid is to increase the economic diversity on campus. Tuition assistance applications through TADS are due March 2. Awards will be announced by mid-April, so parents are encouraged to apply as early as possible. You may still apply after this date if you are a new family or have a significant change in your financial situation. Click here for financial aid.

Please contact Business Manager, Margaret Gerleve, at ext. 125 or via email at with financial questions.

Multiple-Child Discount

Families with two or more children enrolled at RCS receive 10% off the second child’s tuition and 15% off the third child’s tuition. Full rate is paid on the highest amount. This discount applies to tuition only and not to any fees.


Accepted for preschool tuition and before- and after-school charges. Please be advised that vouchers will not cover the full cost of preschool tuition & fees; parents must be able to pay the difference. Apply for vouchers as soon as possible by calling Buncombe County Social Services, Childcare Subsidy Unit at 828-250-5500. Information is available at the Buncombe County website.

North Carolina Opportunity Scholarships

We accept North Carolina Opportunity Scholarships for Kindergarten and First Grade students and new students in other grades. For more information see

Before and After School:

$5.50/hour or Flat Monthly Rate of $250 ~ Before School Hours 7:45 – 9:00 AM ~ After School Hours 2:00 – 6:00 PM

K – 8

K-8 Before School care is available M-F, 7:45 – 9:00 a.m. for a flat rate of $4 per day.
K-8 After School care is available for $6/for the 1st hour or the flat daily rate.

Before and After School Care

GradeM T TH F HoursM T TH F Daily RateWednesday HoursWednesday Daily Rate
Kindergarten2:30 - 6:00$121:00 - 6:00$20
1st - 4th3:00 - 6:00$121:00 - 6:00$20
5th - 6th3:15 - 6:00$121:15 - 6:00$20
7th - 8th3:30 - 6:00$121:30 - 6:00$20