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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 2021-2022
Grades 4-5: $7,550
Grades 6-8: $9,400
Grades 9-12: $11,450

In addition to tuition, there is a one time new student fee of $200, and activity fees of $300 for grades 4-8 and $500 for grades 9-12. Families are responsible for purchasing books independently.

Families receive a $1,000 reduction for their second child, a $2,000 reduction for their third child, and a $3,000 reduction for their fourth and fifth child enrolled in the Academy.

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

A gift to Chelsea Academy is a worthwhile investment. 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 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, please contact us at  (540) 635-0622) or