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Affording ILS

ILS values diversity in all respects and is committed to ensuring that our program remains accessible and affordable to families from a broad range of economic circumstances. We strive for an economically diverse student body and offer a sliding-scale, indexed tuition to qualifying families. ILS  is proud to use the Clarity Application to determine a family’s level of financial need based on the information that families share in the application which includes assets, income, expenses, and debts.


For the 2024-25 school year:

  • Full tuition for grades TK-8 is $40,750

  • Over 35% of our students participate in the indexed tuition program

  • The average indexed tuition is $20,950

  • The range of indexed tuition is $3500 - $35,000Full\


ILS tuition includes early care, after care, school supplies & materials, and daytime field trips and excursions. ILS offers three tuition payment plans: a one-time payment (July); two-time payments (July & December); or, a ten-month payment plan (July - April). 


Families who are concerned about their ability to pay full tuition are strongly encouraged to apply for indexed tuition. 

Applying for Indexed Tuition


The application typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The Clarity Application is also mobile-friendly so you can complete it from anywhere. You are also able to save your progress and return at any time.

  1. Visit Clarity and click "Sign In" to create your account. 

  2. Begin by providing your household and applicant information. Then, use the dropdown menu in the application to select Imagination Lab School as the school to which you are applying.

  3. Sign and submit a 4506c form to grant Clarity permission to retrieve your prior year tax returns from the IRS. By doing so, your tax return will be seamlessly uploaded to your Clarity application for review. 

  4. Fill out your financial information, including details about your income, expenses, assets, and debts. You can save your progress and return to it at any time.

  5. Submit and pay the application fee of $60 per household, which covers all the Clarity schools that you are applying to. 

  6. Check the "Document Requests" panel on your portal to identify any additional financial documents that need to be uploaded.

If you need support during the process of completing your application, there is in-app support available through the “Help” button in the bottom left of the screen, as well as email and phone support at or 206-210-3752, in both English and Spanish. The application itself is also fully translated into Spanish.

Should you have any questions about the indexed tuition program at ILS, please do not hesitate to contact us

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