Tuition and Financial Aid

We're thrilled that you may be considering your child’s future at Rowland Hall, where they'll be offered a singular and challenging education.

Our students enjoy small classes and forge meaningful relationships with creative, highly trained teachers. Social and emotional development is nurtured in a supportive environment, while athletic and artistic opportunities abound. As students strive to reach their potential, we help them explore their roles as ethical members of a multicultural world. We're dedicated to building an inclusive school community.

2019–2020 Tuition  
3PreK, Three Days $5,780
3PreK, Five Days $9,540
4PreK, Half Day $9,540
4PreK, Full Day $17,590
4PreK, Flex Day $9,540 plus $51 per afternoon
Kindergarten, Full Day $19,750
Kindergarten, Flex Day $10,400 plus $56 per afternoon
First–Fifth Grades $19,750
Sixth–Eighth Grades $23,850
Ninth–Eleventh Grades $24,200
Twelfth Grade $24,725
International Students (Ninth-Eleventh Grades) $26,200
International Students (Twelfth Grade) $26,725
Beginning School Program Options  
3PreK, Three Days Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday    8:30 am - 11:30 am
3PreK, Five Days Monday through Friday    8:30 am - 11:30 am
4PreK, Half Day* Monday through Friday    8:30 am - 11:30 am
4PreK, Full Day Monday through Friday    8:30 am - 3:15 pm
Kindergarten, Full Day Monday through Friday    8:30 am - 3:15 pm
Kindergarten, Flex Day* Monday through Friday    8:30 am - 11:30 am
3PreK and 4PreK Enrichment** Monday through Friday    11:15 am - 5:30 pm
Kindergarten Enrichment** Monday through Friday    3:15 pm - 5:30 pm

*Flex Day offers the flexibility of choosing a number of full days throughout the year.  
**Enrichment provides a continuing day of stimulating experiences for children in a multi-aged group

Other Expenses and Payment Plans

Other Fees

School lunch, extended day, and transportation are available for additional fees. Winter Sports choices may involve additional fees. Middle School class trips, Upper School Interim, and the Laptop Program computer costs are additional fees.

Technology Requirements

All Middle School students are required to have an iPad. All details such as iPad models, required insurance, applications, etc. will be detailed in the May email/sign-up information.

All Upper School students at Rowland Hall must participate in the Laptop Program, as laptops are used extensively at the school to enhance your student's education. All details such as required insurance, applications, etc. will be detailed in the May email/sign-up information.

Payment Plans

One-Payment Plan

The full amount of tuition is due on July 1. Late payments accrue simple interest at the rate of 18% annually. The Tuition Refund Plan is optional.
 

Two-Payment Plan

Tuition plus a convenience fee is due in two installments on July 1 and November 1. Late payments will accrue simple interest at the rate of 18% annually. Participation in the Tuition Refund Plan is mandatory.
 

Nine-Payment Plan

Tuition plus a convenience fee is due in nine monthly installments beginning July 1. Late payments will accrue simple interest at the rate of 18% annually. Participation in the Tuition Refund Plan is mandatory.
 

Methods of payment

Rowland Hall accepts all major credit cards, debit cards and ACH (electronic) checks. Electronic payments can be made by visiting our online payment page. We also accept paper checks in person in the Business Office.

Paper checks should be mailed to:

Rowland Hall
Attn: Student Accounts
720 Guardsman Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
 

Financing your tuition

Families that do not qualify for financial aid, or who qualify but need assistance paying their portion of tuition, may choose investigate whether they qualify for a tuition loan through Your Tuition Solution.

Meeting the Cost through Financial Aid

Young students play with leaves

 

Rowland Hall values socioeconomic diversity and families with financial need are encouraged to apply for financial aid. Rowland Hall currently provides over $2.6 million in financial aid and scholarships to our students in grades K-12. Please visit our financial aid page for more information and for the financial aid application materials. If you have questions about financial aid, please email Director of Financial Aid Hadley Smith or call him at 801-924-2964. Please note financial aid is not available for international students.

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Where Does an Education at Rowland Hall Lead? Explore Alumni Stories

Ikwo Frank and peers on National Academy of Medicine stairs

Ikwo Frank '13 and her peers from American University recently took the stage at the National Academy of Medicine to pitch their solution to the sixth-annual DC Public Health Case Challenge. The competition engages teams of students from DC-area universities in an intensive two-week process of researching solutions to a significant public health issue, culminating in the presentation of a proposal to a panel of expert judges at the Academy's annual meeting. This year's challenge was "Reducing Disparities in Cancer and Chronic Disease: Preventing Tobacco Use in African American Adolescents."

Ikwo, who is about six months away from completing her master's degree in health promotion management, joined American's team at the invitation of another program student—she thought it would be a good academic challenge. Plus it's a subject she and her team members are passionate about, which served them well during the strenuous research phase and at the panel presentation on October 14.
 

Left: Ikwo with fellow American University students Liz Fam and Elizabeth Taormina. Right: Ikwo on stage.

Her cohort spent hours working individually and as a team, sharing ideas for the best and most practical ways they could tackle the case. Ikwo, who has been living in Washington DC for almost a year and a half, found herself focusing on what students do after school. "It's a big city," she said. "Where do all these kids go?" Her team devised an idea for an after-school program built around mental health and wellness—the program would help kids become more mindful, teach healthy strategies for coping with stress, and provide a safe space when school lets out.

Ikwo's team devised an idea for an after-school program built around mental health and wellness—the program would help kids become more mindful, teach healthy strategies for coping with stress, and provide a safe space when school lets out.

Even though her team didn't win the competition, Ikwo regards the experience as extremely worthwhile. The conviction they brought to their presentation earned positive reviews from the panel, and the collaborative energy of participants was inspiring. Furthermore, all teams' proposals will be summarized in an upcoming National Academy of Medicine publication.

And there's one more benefit not to be overlooked: the competition requires students to apply a narrow lens—and look for feasible solutions—in a field where the scope and volume of problems often seem daunting. "The health world is so broad, and there's so much work to be done," Ikwo said. "I wish we could save the world, but we have to be realistic. One small thing really does go a long way."

Ikwo is already applying her studies to the greater community. When not in school, she works at the World Bank as a fitness specialist and instructor. Prior to attending American, she earned her bachelor of science from Weber State University in human performance management (the program has since been renamed).

 

Banner photo: 2018 DC Public Health Case Challenge Participants. Photo credit: National Academy of Medicine.

Alumni

New med students in white coats.

The University of Utah School of Medicine welcomed 127 students into its ranks at Friday's annual White Coat Ceremony, and six of of those newly cloaked scholars graduated from Rowland Hall.

Congratulations to our young alumni, pictured above. From left: Madeline Foley '13, Hank Shipman '13, Saeed Shihab '13, Kellyn Maves '12, and Sophie Janes '12 don their new coats Friday, August 10. Not pictured: Emma Naatz '12. (Photo by Julie Shipman)

Both Hank and Emma also competed for Rowmark Ski Academy while at Rowland Hall. Hank has an especially inspiring story—a tragic Rowmark car accident and his subsequent recovery spurred him to pursue a medical degree.

According to the U's med school, the White Coat Ceremony makes student-physicians more aware of their professional responsibilities and conveys that doctors should ultimately "care as well as cure." Watch the ceremony video.

It's no small feat that these six Rowland Hall alums have matriculated to the med school just up the street from their alma mater.

It's no small feat that these six alums have matriculated to the med school just up the street from their alma mater. The U is well-known for its robust health-care community, and U.S. News and World Report lists the med school among the nation's best in research and primary care.

During the White Coat Ceremony, Interim Executive Dean Dr. A. Lorris Betz said the med school received 4,227 applications for the class of 2022. After officials review initial applications, they interview approximately 500 candidates each year. In the comprehensive admissions process, evaluators explore applicants' "motivation for seeking a medical degree, awareness and understanding of the medical profession, leadership, problem-solving skills, understanding of medical ethics, and interpersonal skills," according to the school.

Our alumni who have pursued careers in medicine often credit their well-rounded Rowland Hall education for helping them succeed in that field: read our 2014 story on the subject.

Alumni

Johanna "Pika"; Varner '02 Wins Global Award for Citizen-Science Endeavors

Alumna Johanna Varner is an expert on pikas: furry little mountainside-dwelling mammals that, at first glance, couldn't get any cuter. Then, you hear the sound they make, and all bets are off—they're like a squeaky plush toy come to life. Tech news site The Verge even facetiously deemed the pika superior to its cartoon counterpart, Pikachu, the lightning-shooting Pokemon character.

Of course, pikas offer more than a cuddly facade: studying this animal serves as a gateway to understanding complex ecological issues. The hamster-like creatures "are sensitive to rising temperatures and thus threatened by climate change," according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Johanna, now an assistant professor of biology at Colorado Mesa University, has built a career on researching pika survival and teaching students of all ages—including underserved populations—how to do the same. In February, AAAS honored Johanna with the 2018 Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science. The esteemed nonprofit lauded her for "infusing her public engagement with multi-directional dialogue, reaching diverse audiences and empowering participants to join in the entire process of science."

To put Johanna's achievement in context: the AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the renowned academic journal Science. During the association's annual meeting in February—attended by about 10,000 people—they gave just seven awards to individuals (and one to a research team) in a variety of categories. Johanna was one of those individuals.

Watch the AAAS video on Johanna below, read the award announcement on their website, and read our Q&A with "Pika Jo" below, lightly edited for style and context.

How did it feel to win the AAAS award? What does it mean to you?
I was completely humbled—AAAS is a prestigious society in science, and it was very humbling to be recognized by them. Public engagement in science is really important, but there aren't many venues that recognize work in this area. This is one of the few awards for scientists that doesn't focus on publications, grants, or impact of science, but instead recognizes people who go out of their way to share science with nonscientists. It's pretty cool!

You wrote in an AAAS blog that you "have always been mildly obsessed with pikas (ask my college roommates)..." How did the obsession start?
Honestly, totally by watching David Attenborough documentaries. I think Planet Earth (the first one) was the first time I had seen pikas. I then made my college boyfriend and his family traipse all over Rocky Mountain National Park looking for them.

How did the nickname "Pika Jo" come about?
It was bestowed upon me by middle schoolers I worked with in SLC! I loved it.

A lot of Rowland Hall students are interested in pursuing STEM careers like yours. What advice do you have for them?
Stay curious! A lot of people think that scientists have to put their heads down, work hard, stay inside, and study books, but the real business of science is asking questions about the natural world. Obviously, hard work and studying are important, but don't forget to pay attention to the world around you, make observations, and ask questions.

Why teach the public about what you do?
By sharing our extensive knowledge of Earth's natural systems, scientists help the public make sound choices about complicated issues. However, I believe public input can also enrich our science by offering new perspectives, refining the relevance of our research, and stimulating new inquiries. Citizen science is an excellent example of these dual benefits. Volunteers who have participated in my research have reported feeling a sense of community and a closer connection to scientists in general. I've also become a better scientist as a result of participating in and directing these programs. Citizen observations have led to new investigations in my research (e.g., unusual behaviors or animals in unusual habitats). Perhaps most importantly, participating in these projects has dramatically improved my communication skills. Working with public groups forces me to conceptualize my research as compelling stories and to distill the most important and interesting points. Finally, public engagement is incredibly gratifying on a personal level. Discussing my research with public audiences reminds me why it's important and why I love ecology.

Pika in the wild
American pika, photo by the National Park Service

Why teach underserved populations?
So much of science outreach relies on voluntary participation, but if you think about who is likely to come to a science talk or presentation, it's most likely going to be the people who already know about science, already think it's important and relevant to their lives, and may already know a little bit about your topic. In contrast, we often overlook SO many populations who could be really interested in science, but don't have the opportunity to engage with it. I think it's important to meet people where they are, make science relevant to their lives/interests/values, and make it accessible so that they can not only understand, but also participate in constructing new knowledge.

What was it like to lecture about pika ecology and ecology to inmates in Utah's Salt Lake County Jail System?
The inmates were really interested, very engaged in the presentation, and asked insightful follow-up questions. It challenged a lot of our preconceived, culturally held notions about what inmates are like.

How did Rowland Hall shape you? What specific teachers, classes, experiences, etc. helped to steer you toward your current professional endeavors, from pikas to public outreach?
Peter Hayes was probably the biggest influence on my career path—he taught us to identify plants and animals and to ask questions about the natural world. I didn't take a straight path to ecology, but I think his class gave me a really important foundation. I'm always learning new things, especially now as a teacher, and I occasionally stumble on something I learned in ninth grade and remember a corresponding mnemonic device Mr. Hayes taught us—it's a nice moment when that happens!

What's next for you? Any exciting projects in the works?
I'm really enjoying my teaching job at Colorado Mesa University, but I'm still very active in both pika research and citizen science. This summer, we're working hard to be able to engage folks from the Portland area in conducting pika surveys to see how pikas in the Columbia River Gorge are faring after the Eagle Creek Fire last fall. It's an adventure, but I am really excited about both the science and the public engagement aspects of the project.

 

Alumni

Chef Ed Heath '00 Returns to Salt Lake Food Scene with James Beard Nods on His Résumé

"Eat It!"—Eric "Ed" Heath's cheeky senior yearbook quote was a career harbinger. The 2000 Rowland Hall alumnus is a two-time semifinalist in the James Beard Foundation (JBF) Restaurant and Chef Awards—the Oscars of the culinary world.

To put Ed's accomplishment in perspective: the foundation receives over 20,000 entries for these awards every year. From there, JBF names 20 best-chef semifinalists for each of their 10 regions across the country. Ed made that list for the Great Lakes region in 2015 and 2016 for his work at Cleveland-Heath (CH), a restaurant he and longtime partner Jenny Cleveland opened in 2011 in Edwardsville, Illinois, 20 miles northeast of St. Louis.

"It was surreal," Ed said of his first semifinalist nod. "The second time was even more surprising. To this day, it feels like it was a mistake and they meant to nominate someone else."

Ed may be incredulous about his own achievements, but he doesn't hesitate to give his CH team credit for their role. "Our staff was so amazing," he said. Running a restaurant, he stressed, is no selfish undertaking: "It's about building relationships and being friends with people, and that's when the food's the best—when you have a happy kitchen."

After a decade away from home honing his skills at culinary school and picking up experience and accolades in kitchens around the country, Ed has brought his talents back to Salt Lake. He and Jenny are part owners of the Pub Group, which runs four familiar names in town—Martine, Stella Grill, Desert Edge Pub, and Red Butte Cafe—and the pair looks forward to putting their stamp on these local institutions.

 

Finding his path

As suggested by his senior quote, Ed has always been a bit of a revolutionary. He started at Rowland Hall his freshman year after bouncing around middle schools. His older brother, Cody Skarning '97, advised Ed that attending Rowland Hall might help. It did.

"This really turned me around," Ed said of his alma mater. "I learned more about life here than I've ever learned in a four-year period." Rowland Hall inspired him to be respectful, tolerant, patient, and accepting, he said. "Teachers let me be who I was without taking any bull from me," he said. "There was discipline, but not over discipline. They gave me a way to behave."

That atmosphere paralleled Ed's experience in school at the elite Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone in California's Napa Valley—a food and wine mecca. At Greystone, Ed adhered to a demanding schedule and strict rules, including keeping up appearances with pristine fingernails, pressed jackets, and spotless toques. "It was almost militaristic," he reminisced, adding that he spent 40 hours a week in school and another 50 to 60 hours working—and he loved it. Like Rowland Hall, he said, "it was very detailed and disciplined, but they also accept people for who they are and help them find their path."

Prior to culinary school, Ed earned a BA from the University of Utah in natural resource management and cooked in restaurants to pay for college. He landed promising internships in that field, but sudden funding cuts and job shortages steered him elsewhere. Ed was working in Desert Edge Pub's kitchen alongside Jenny when he reevaluated his path. "We were having a conversation and she said, 'What would you do if you could change anything?'" Ed told Jenny he'd go to culinary school, and she said she'd do the same. "So we made the trip out to Napa," he said.


Chef Ed Heath photo with quote: The fact that Rowland Hall teaches how to think independently and critically was the biggest thing: never accept anything at face value

 

 

Drawn to the 'adrenaline rush' of cooking

 

 

Ed turned cooking into a career in part because it fit his personality. "It's creative, but there are still rules to follow, so you've got to walk these fine lines," he said. He compared it to being a stage performer, like an actor or dancer: there are time constraints and crowds to please, and the show must go on even if you're wounded or exhausted. "It's a really big adrenaline rush."

After working in renowned Napa restaurants, Ed and Jenny moved to Illinois, near Jenny's family, and opened CH. He credited his high school foundation for helping him through that entrepreneurial experience: "The fact that Rowland Hall teaches how to think independently and critically was the biggest thing: never accept anything at face value," he said. "When we were opening a business, we got all kinds of advice—some poor and some amazing—but you don't take it all at face value. You research it and take it one day at a time."

CH became a local favorite early on, credited for serving "some of the best comfort food in the metro region," according to St. Louis Magazine. Shortly after it opened, Ed recruited friend and Greystone classmate Rick Kazmer to help run the kitchen, and in 2017 Rick took over as CH head chef after Jenny and Ed returned to Utah. Rick described Ed's cooking style as off the cuff—a reflection of Ed's personality. "He likes to go in with a small idea or plan of what he's doing and see where it takes him," Rick said. Ed impressed Rick with one early CH dish in particular: crispy pork belly with watermelon, jalapeños, and mint, tossed in lime juice and Nước chấm, which is like a Vietnamese vinaigrette. "I'd never seen anything quite like it before," Rick said. "It just worked really well."

Ed's Rowland Hall classmate and friend David Sandberg '00 doesn't fancy himself a foodie, but in his pithy words: "I like good food." David visited CH twice while attending dental school in Omaha, and discovered firsthand that Ed was really good at his job. "I was blown away," David said of the food. "It was different and fun." David didn't know exactly what the James Beard awards were, but after he heard Ed was a semifinalist, he looked them up. "I was surprised, but in the same vein, I've always known Ed as a really hard worker," he said. David has also visited Ed at Martine since he's been revamping the kitchen there. After nearly 20 years, David said, Martine felt forgotten among locals, but that's changing: "Ed's breathed new life into it and it's exciting to have him there."

 

Circling back to Salt Lake

Ed and Jenny returned to Utah to be closer to Ed's family, and to suit their active, outdoorsy lifestyle—the pair enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and fishing, and Ed has been playing basketball at the Lincoln Street Campus with a group of fellow Rowland Hall alumni. "We feel like we're on a permanent vacation now," he said.

Though they have more leisure time, Ed and Jenny are still working hard to bring their creative edge to the Pub Group. "Salt Lake is growing like crazy, so we have to figure out how to stay relevant," Ed said, adding there's a positive side to that. "There's a million people in the bowl. Anybody has a chance here."

He and Jenny are reviving Martine by changing the food, bringing in effective leadership, and emphasizing hospitality. "It's a beautiful place—all you have to do is perform in that building and you can be successful there," he said. He's similarly working to revitalize the Desert Edge Pub, and expects an impending renovation at Trolley Square will help.

Ed fondly recalled the close-knit restaurant community back in St. Louis: chefs knew each other and bonded over their collective struggle. "Some of the famous chefs down there would come in our back door and be like, 'You need any help?'" Ed said. After over six months in Salt Lake, he's gradually getting ingrained in the scene here—including reconnecting with classmate Liam Connelly '00, co-founder of Proper Brewing Company: "Since we've been able to get to know people, it's become a community for us," Ed said.

Given their industry savvy, we suspect Ed and Jenny will help to push that community to the next level. As friend David explained, when he and Ed were growing up here, people didn't always see Salt Lake as "cool." But as friends have left for school or work and visited to find the city evolving, they've been choosing to move back. "With his restaurants, Ed's trying to be a big part of that fun energy that's coming to the city," David said. "It's cool to see. He's being himself and having a lot of success with it."

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