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Chelsea Academy seeks to offer the highest quality education while still making it accessible for as many families as possible. Financial aid is available on a need basis.

Tuition for 2024-2025
Grades K-5: $8,945
Grades 6-8: $11,150
Grades 9-12: $13,585

In addition to tuition, there is a one time new student fee of $200, and activity fees of $500 for grades K-8 and $700 for grades 9-12. Families are responsible for purchasing books independently.

Families receive a $1,200 reduction for their second child, a $2,200 reduction for their third child, a $3,600 reduction for their fourth child, a $5,000 reduction for their fifth child, and a $5,800 reduction for their sixth child and beyond. 

Tuition may be paid at the beginning of the school year in full, in 2 half payments, or in ten monthly installments.

Given that the tuition is not within reach of every family, Chelsea makes available some financial aid on a need basis. Families seeking financial assistance are encouraged to complete and submit an Application for Financial Aid along with accompanying documents. All applications for financial aid are reviewed by an independent company that provides grant and aid assessment services.

Chelsea is located in Front Royal, Virginia, 22 miles from Winchester, 26 miles from Sperryville, 30 miles from Woodstock, and 32 miles from Warrenton. Situated at the fork of the Shenandoah River, Front Royal is nestled in between the Blue Ridge and the Massanutten Mountains, and it lies in Warren County, 70 miles west of Washington, D.C.

Chelsea Academy takes its name from the house at Chelsea of the sixteenth-century English statesman, scholar, and martyr Thomas More. The great humanist Erasmus, who often visited More and his family at Chelsea, described his household (in the words of a More biographer) “as Plato’s Academy on Christian footing.” More was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1935, four hundred years after his execution by King Henry VIII. Chelsea Academy offers an education that is inspired by the life and writings of St. Thomas More.

Because Chelsea seeks to create an alternative to the existing programs that provide part-time classes and extracurricular activities to students in the Front Royal area, enrollment is limited to full-time students.

Chelsea offers shuttle service to and from Winchester and the Gainesville/Haymarket areas at an additional cost, and helps in facilitating car pools for families coming from other areas.

Chelsea Academy has been accredited by the Virginia Independent Schools Association (VISA) since 2011. VISA is a member of the Virginia Council for Private Education, the body authorized by the Virginia Board of Education to accredit independent schools in the Commonwealth.

Chelsea Academy is committed to providing small classes. Our current average class size is 18. 

Students are required to wear a uniform. Information about the uniform is available in the Parent Student Handbook, and they may be purchased through our official uniform supplier,  Flynn & O’Hara. 

Chelsea Academy, Inc, is recognized as an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, EIN 20-8995583. As an institution that does not receive diocesan, federal, state, or local financial assistance, Chelsea relies on the generous support of its families, friends, and donors to meet its operating and administrative costs.

Chelsea's competitive tuition rates and financial aid awards reflect the school's commitment to making its formative education accessible to mission-aligned families from across the northern Shenandoah Valley. Tuition & fees alone do not cover Chelsea's operating expenses.

The Chelsea Academy Foundation (EIN 82-2997018) exists for the sole benefit of Chelsea Academy. Gifts to the Chelsea Academy Foundation directly benefit the current and future students of Chelsea Academy by allowing the school to offer more generous financial aid, improving faculty recruitment and retention, providing adequate maintenance and development of the campus, and much more.

Chelsea serves families who seek to provide their children with a classical liberal arts education rooted in the Catholic faith. Our students learn more than just the skills necessary for success in college and careers. Their growth in virtue, knowledge, and wisdom helps them to discover their talents and equips them to contribute to the world in positive ways.

As an independent Catholic school, Chelsea receives no federal or state assistance, nor does it receive any financial support from a diocese or parish. Instead, Chelsea relies on the generous support of its families, friends, and benefactors. All gifts to Chelsea are tax-deductible and contribute to the school’s long-term financial stability. We encourage you to consider making a gift – an investment in the lives of young people – to Chelsea.

For more information on how you can support Chelsea through the Chelsea Academy Foundation, please contact executive director Emile Doak at (703) 855-3112 or