Tuition Philosophy/Structure

The dream of CELA is to provide a world-class Academy that will combine the highest level of academic excellence with Christian values and leadership development to prepare leaders for the future in all walks of life.

To accomplish this goal, CELA needed to be sustainable on an ongoing basis while being affordable to the student body. To provide the affordability, the approximately 60-acre campus along with the 170,000 square foot facility is being provided to CELA by the Nahey Charitable Foundation at a zero-cost triple-net lease, which allows CELA to provide an ongoing tuition credit of $5,000 for each student on an annual basis. This credit is subtracted from the tuition, which has been set at $14,750 per student (5K-8th grade) per year, resulting in a discounted tuition of $9,750.

Scholarship Opportunities:

Expansion Student Scholarship Program
In the 2016/2017 school year an Expansion Student Scholarship Program was adopted, it is still in place and is in addition to the $5,000 Founders Credit. This was put in place to maximize the development growth and opportunities of CELA and reward the families who continue to enhance the performance and credibility of CELA. This concept has worked well and in our first years of operation we have proven we are the area’s best of the best in fulfilling the mission of the Academy. Click here to read our full mission statement.

The scholarship for the 2021/2022 school year is $1,400. In future years it is reduced by $400 each year.

See the following example:

2020/2021 2021/2022 2022/2023
Tuition $14,750 $14,750 $14,750
Founders Credit (5,000) (5,000) (5,000)
Discounted Tuition 9,750 9,750 9,750
Expansion Student Scholarship (1,800) (1,400) (1,000)
Net Tuition per Student
(5K - 8th Grades)
$7,950 $8,350 $8,750

See section below for information on 3K and 4K tuition.

3K & 4K Programs - Half-Day and Full-Day

CELA offers half-day and full-day 3K and 4K sessions. The 4K Program meets 5 days per week (Monday through Friday) and the 3K Program meets 3 days per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Half-day 3K and 4K Programs run from 8:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on each scheduled day. Full-day 3K and 4K Programs follow our regular school hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on each scheduled day. Our 3K and 4K Programs deliver outstanding performance and adhere to the same high-standards and superior educational matrix that CELA has become known for.

To read more about our exceptional educational model, please visit our curriculum page.
To read more about our 3K Program, please visit our 3K Program page.
To read more about our 4K Program, please visit our 4K/5K Program page.

The tuition for our half-day 3K session is $3,500 per student and the full-day 3K session tuition is $4,750. The tuition for the 2021/2022 school year for our half-day 4K session will continue to be $4,000 per student. The tuition for the 2021/2022 school year for our full-day 4K session will continue to be $6,550 per student.

See the following table for details:

# of Days
Per Week
Approx Hours
Per Week
3K Half-Day $3,500.00 3 Half Days* 8:00 - 11:15 10
4K Half-Day $4,000.00 5 Half Days 8:00 - 11:15 16
3K Full-Day $4,750.00 3 Full Days* 8:00 - 3:15 22
4K Full-Day $6,550.00 5 Full Days 8:00 - 3:15 36

* The 3K Program meets 3 days per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday).

Founding Family Student Scholarship Program

To establish CELA in 2015/2016, our first year in operation, the co-founders of CELA provided a Founding Student Scholarship to reward the founding students and their families for establishing the performance and credibility of the Academy. This covered the first-year students and the siblings of a founding student when they enroll in 5K at CELA. At the time they will enter, they will receive the Founding Family Scholarship at the current scholarship level for that given year. Each founding family student will continue to receive the yearly Founding Family Scholarship for as long as the student attends CELA.

If you are a founding family and would like information regarding the current scholarship level, please contact the school office at (262) 691-4321.


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