私立学校很昂贵，这已经不是什么秘密了。由于许多学校每年的学费与豪华车和中产阶级家庭收入的成本相媲美，所以看起来私立教育是遥不可及的。这些巨大的价格标签让许多家庭试图找出如何支付私立学校的费用。但是，这也让他们感到疑惑，学费有多高？在美国，这通常是一个棘手的问题。当你提到私立学校的学费时，你不仅仅包括陈规定型的精英私立学校;你在技术上指的是所有私立学校，包括独立学校（通过学费和捐赠独立资助）和大多数宗教学校，这些学校通常从学费和捐款中获得资金，但也有第三个来源，如教堂或寺庙，抵消了上学的费用。这意味着，私立学校的平均成本将远低于您的预期：全国每年约10,000美元，但学费平均值也因州而异。那么，私立学校教育的所有这些天文价格标签从何而来？让我们来看看独立学校的学费水平，这些学校只依靠学费和捐款来资助学校。根据全国独立学校协会（NAIS）的数据，2015 – 2016年，一所日制学校的平均学费约为20,000美元，寄宿学校的平均学费约为52,000美元。这是我们开始看到与豪华车相媲美的年度成本的地方。在纽约市和洛杉矶等主要大都市地区，学校学费甚至会高于全国平均水平，有时甚至会高得多，一些学校的学费每年超过40,000美元，寄宿学校的学费超过每年60,000美元。
It is no secret that private schools are expensive. Since the annual tuition fees of many schools are comparable to the cost of luxury cars and middle-class families, it seems that private education is out of reach. These huge price tags have led many families to try to figure out how to pay for private schools. However, this also makes them wonder, how high is the tuition fee? In the US, this is usually a tricky issue. When you mention the tuition fees of private schools, you not only include stereotyped elite private schools; you technically refer to all private schools, including independent schools (independent funding through tuition and donations) and most religious schools. These schools usually receive funding from tuition and donations, but there are also third sources, such as churches or temples, that offset the cost of attending school. This means that the average cost of a private school will be much lower than you expected: the national average is about $10,000 a year, but the average tuition fee varies from state to state. So where do all these astronomical price tags for private school education come from? Let’s take a look at the tuition levels of independent schools that rely on tuition and donations to fund schools. According to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the average tuition fee for a day school is approximately $20,000 in 2015-2016, and the average tuition fee for boarding schools is approximately $52,000. This is where we start to see annual costs comparable to luxury cars. In major metropolitan areas such as New York City and Los Angeles, school tuition is even higher than the national average, and sometimes even much higher. Some schools charge more than $40,000 a year, and boarding schools have tuition more than $60,000 a year.