St. Thomas School does not have a traditional tuition program but has a Fair Ability approach to tuition. Families will be informed yearly of the tuition (our “cost to educate” their child) for the coming school year and are then asked to prayerfully pledge as much as they can towards the full tuition amount. No child from one of our parishes will ever be denied admission based on an inability to pay. Only families who are practicing*/contributing parishioners of St. Thomas the Apostle in Crystal Lake, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Crystal Lake, St. Mary in Huntley, or Resurrection in Woodstock may practice Fair Ability Tuition. All other families must pay the full cost of tuition.
* “Practicing” shall mean families who regularly attend Sunday Mass and participate in the parish by giving of their time, talent, and treasure. Determination shall be made by known involvement in parish activities or programs, regular use of Sunday envelope and for families new to either parish, a former pastor or parish staff member’s recommendation.

Full cost to educate a student:

$6348 per child

Registration Fee:  $100.00

($175.00 after Registration deadline)

Technology Fee:  $100.00

Volunteer Requirement:

Fair Ability:  20 hours per family

Non-Fair Ability:  4 hours per family


St. Thomas the Apostle School does not charge a set tuition for each student. Instead, we use a plan that is known as Fair Ability Tuition.

This plan is intended to make possible a Catholic education for all students who desire it while providing the school with the financial support necessary to maintain high educational standards.


It is a plan based on the principles of Christian stewardship whereby each family wishing a Catholic education for their children can forge a partnership with the parish community. The parish brings a commitment to provide the school with a high degree of spiritual and financial support while each family, in turn, agrees to provide as much financial and service support towards the education of their children as their means and sense of personal responsibility allow.